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From producer Ridley Scott and director Denis Villeneuve - BladeRunner 2049, starring Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford.

34 years later, ‘Blade Runner’ still develops a cult following

Executive producer Scott, director Villeneuve deliver for the fans

October 13, 2017

34 years later, ‘Blade Runner’ still develops a cult following

"Blade Runner 2049" takes place 30 years after the events of the first cult classic. For “Blade Runner” fans, it delivered masterfully.

Officer K (Ryan Gosling), a new blade runner for the LAPD, stumbles on a secret during his investigation at the start of the film. What could've been an average "find-and-apprehend-the-suspect" investigation turns into something more when his suspect's final words lead him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former blade runner who's been missing for 30 years.

In the course of his investigation, Officer K finds a secret about the replicants. Lieutenant Joshi, played by Robin Wright (“House of Cards” and “Forrest Gump”), wants to erase it. If the news ever got out, it can break the world as they knew it. As K struggles to comply with his orders, his conflicting emotions with each new piece of information grows.

Executive producer Ridley Scott, who directed the 1982 original, shows in great detail how the world has changed since fans last saw Deckard. Denis Villeneuve (“Prisoners,” “Arrival,” “Sicario”) directs this installment.  Breathtaking cinematography from Roger Deakins shows a world that is dead — but filled with artificial life. The movie’s soundtrack adds to the surreal landscape, yet ties the original to the sequel with seamless precision.

Hampton Fancher returns as script writer, with Michael Green as partner. Gosling once again proves to be a phenomenal actor despite his recent loss at the Oscars to Casey Affleck. Ford returns to a role that helped put him on the map. This time around, Ford brings it since we all want to know what Deckard has been up to.

Fans of the first “Blade Runner” — no matter which cut they watched — will be more than satisfied with this film. It touches on a new world — with new characters and familiar, returning faces — and fans will love the engaging story behind it. Those divided over the first film might not like this film. They are probably hoping for more action and less time spent on dialogue and character development.

“Blade Runner 2049” is a feast for the eyes. At its core, it resonates with not only the soundtrack and visuals, but emotionally at the heart as well.

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