– 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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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.