Blade Runner 2049
STORY: Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what is left of society into chaos. K's discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.

REVIEW: It would be easy to accuse Hollywood of making another massive cash grab by revisiting Ridley Scott's sci-fi cult classic 'Blade Runner'. 35 years after the original in 1982, what other reason would there be for going back to that unique world? Turns out that it's the one that made the most sense - to tell a great story helmed by a masterful storyteller.

Denis Villeneuve is fast approaching the upper echelons of modern-day directors, and his vision here is so well-defined and executed that it wouldn't be a far stretch to say he has already arrived. This is not just a love-letter from a fan; Villeneuve displays his confidence in picking up such a beloved story, builds on it, and throws us some more polarizing plot points that would be argued over in the years to come.

He also skillfully combines the key elements of filmmaking - the most obvious one being the absolutely stunning cinematography by Roger Deakins, who has been nominated for 13 Academy Awards so far and makes a no-brainer case for his 14th here. The soundtrack was another vital element in the original that was pathbreaking, and maestro Hans Zimmer does justice to those iconic themes by Vangelis.

Villeneuve also has a talented ensemble to work with - Ryan Gosling has hardly featured in a bad role so far, and his work here is also stellar. There are smaller roles played by Sylvia Hoeks, Robin Wright and Mackenzie Davis that manage to become memorable. Ana de Armas, in particular, seems to be an actress to watch out for, while Jared Leto is predictably unsettling.

Reviving another beloved character he is known for - Harrison Ford is completely invested in this role and his chemistry with Gosling is essential to some key plot points that make 'Blade Runner 2049' even more significant as a sequel. In fact, it goes a step further to enhance the original, making all the questions raised there even more relevant. This justifies an elongated runtime that would get tedious if it wasn't so gorgeous to look at.

Admittedly, this will completely go over your head if you haven't watched the original but if you liked it, you simply cannot afford to miss 'Blade Runner 2049'

(Times of India)