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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

The pedigree behind Blade Runner 2049 is insane. Not only do you have original Blade Runner director Ridley Scott on board as producer, but you have Harrison Ford reprising his role in the film as well. Of course, you can’t downplay Ryan Gosling prowess that he brings to the story, but perhaps the best indicator of the film lies in its director.

Helming Blade Runner 2049 is Denis Villeneuve. He’s not a director many had heard of around the summer of last year, but following the release of his film Arrival, its success catapulted him to the next level. Between that film, and his older movies like Prisoners, Sicario, and Enemy, it was clear that this guy had the potential to become one of Hollywood’s strongest directors.

He seemed to be a good fit for Blade Runner 2049, considering its smart source material and his most recent smart take on sci-fi, but the pressure was high. Not only does Villeneuve have such a daunting track record (seriously, his movies only seem to get better with each one) that any filmmaker would be nervous to break, but Blade Runner is a film that’s gone on to be come one of the staples of sci-fi cinema. It would be no easy task to live up to hardcore sci-fi fans’ expectations

The film is a short couple weeks from release, and some lucky critics had a chance to check out the completed film…here are their reactions!

There are tons more to be seen across Twitter, but I couldn’t find a single negative tweet about this. That fact that I haven’t found is a real testament to the film’s quality, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. Not only am I happy that the filmmakers managed to actually capture and expand on the tone and style of the original, but I’m also happy that Villeneuve’s track record will remain intact for the time being.

Let’s just hope that given the extensive budget behind the movie that it manages to actually do well with mainstream audiences. Should this one belly flop in theaters, it’ll only tell studios that audiences have no taste for smart science fiction stories, and that’s the last message we want to send their way. For those who have become frustrated with the predictability and safeness of today’s blockbusters, you have a responsibility to see this thing in theaters.

Blade Runner 2049 hits theaters on October 6, 2017.

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  • Derek NOLA

    agreed… everyone needs to get out and see this thing if we want more smart science fiction

  • Derek NOLA

    btw is it me or does the guy on the side of the building in the big screen look like Steven Segal … last picture

    • Joseph Jammer Medina

      Holy shit…is that him?

    • Moby85

      It is him. Definitively.

  • Kronx

    I can’t wait to see it, but initial tweets don’t impress me anymore.

    Read those first Batman v. Superman tweets again…

    “Made me cry real tears”
    “Might be the best superhero film ever in my book”
    “No movie this year will top Batman vs Superman Dawn of Justice”

    You understand my point.

    Reading the “code words” it seems like a slow-paced, visually pleasing, sci-fi mystery with a thoughtful downer ending. Pretty much just like the original.

    • Moby85

      Fair, mind you “pretty much just like the original” in this case means a timeless science fiction classic for preservation in the American archives.

      • Derek NOLA

        im definitely biased to hoping these reviews are true but they do seem to reiterate what the trailers are showing.. no question they nailed the atmostphere and visuals.. dare i say even better than the original

  • Moby85

    I could already tell they nailed the look. That was long clear through the various trailers and shots we saw. What I like that I am hearing here is “improved on” and “slow-burn”. I want slow burn, that is Blade Runner to me.

    If Villeneuve indeed did nail this and it’s a hit, he’s the new Ridley Scott if not better. You cannot exaggerate the importance of a well-made Blade Runner film if it is indeed so. That is climbing K2 and giving a cheery wave to the world below.

    Notice I used the mountain K2 as an example…Mount Everest is Dune. If Villenueve pulls off Blade Runner and Dune, the apex of hard sci-fi to adapt into film, then he is full stop the greatest science fiction director in history. In my opinion. Time shall tell.

  • Behemothrex

    Well it looks like the studio organized it’s fake tweet fest a bit better this time, at least no one tweeted the exact same thing.

  • Jeremy Alexander

    So I can finally let that breath out I’ve been holding since it’s announcement? Thank goodness, the original is my favorite film of all time, both the original and the director’s cut are very good as I think you kind of have to see the original at some point as it gives really interesting details about the world through the narration. If anyone is interested, there is an anime series called Blade Runner Blackout 2020 whose first episode came out today and it’s about events leading up to the sequel. It’s supposed to be excellent.

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.