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30 Years After The Original, Warner Bros. Brings to us Blade Runner 2049

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Written by Poorva Tamhane

30 years after the release of the original Blade Runner, Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford bring to audiences, Blade Runner 2049, a neo-noir science fiction film directed by Denis Villeneuve. Denis is a critically acclaimed filmmaker of movie such as Maelstrom (2001), Prisoners (2013),Sicario (2015) and most recently Arrival (2015) , which received 8 Academy Award Nominations. The director is not the only reason audiences would expect a lot from this film, its cult status is well known and is reason enough to warrant more out of this film.

The trailer doesn’t give away too much of the story but we get a good idea about the plot and are introduced to various characters like a mysterious and villainous ‘Replicant Manufacturer’ played by Jared Leto, another villain Sapper played by former wrestler Dave Bautista and Lieutenant Joshi played by Robin Wright, to name a few.

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In the trailer, we see a newish story but with the same base characteristics. The makers have stuck to the idea of the sci-fi world where humans are replaced by the so called next stage of evolution that is replicants. As before, the company called The Tyrell Corporation and its massive pyramid-like headquarters exist in this movie too and bears likeness to the same. The original concept of the Blade Runner being the guy who maintains order in a twisted world is also clearly retained.

We finally get to see the Replicant Manufacturer (Jared Leto) with an interesting character addition of being seemingly blind. He appears eerie and aloof and is seen saying, “Every leap of civilization was built off the back of slaves.” The vastness of the plot is revealed from that particular statement. There is also a scene where the birth of a replicant, essentially human looking, is shown. Dutch actress Sylvia Hoeks is also seen in the trailer playing the manufacturer’s henchman called Luv.

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The old Blade Runner played by Harrison Ford is seen in conversation with the new Blade Runner, LAPD Officer K played by Ryan Gosling and that leaves fans of the movie with many questions rather than answers with this trailer. However, it promises to delve deeper into the moral grey-area just as the first Blade Runner movie and has fans excited. Blade Runner 2049 hits theatres on the 6th of October.

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