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Blade Runner 2049 is so close to being a masterpiece

30 Setiembre 2017, 04:05 | Fidele Alvizo

There's not a lot you can say about the new "Blade Runner", except that it's even better than the original, which is considered one of the greatest science-fiction films of all time.

The preliminary reviews have been overwhelmingly positive, with many saying that Villeneuve lives up to the artistic vision of the original Blade Runner.

Was Harrison Ford's Officer Rick Deckard a human or a Replicant robot in 1982's "Blade Runner"? The film opens with K in the middle of one such investigation, as he interrogates a potential Replicant.

Niander Wallace's obsessive quest to create the flawless replicant-totally compliant and unquestioning of human authority-resulted in the creation of the latest model, the Nexus 9. And what does that mean to K?

In Blade Runner 2049, Harrison Ford passes the torch to someone whose name he thinks might be Ryan Gosling.

As bold as the original "Blade Runner" and even more attractive (especially if you see it in IMAX). "It says things about as human beings we are programmed by our genetic background and our education, and that we are like trapped by that background and it's very hard for us to get free out of it", he added. It always looked like the coolest movie ever made, with its genre-creating future noir aesthetic and spacey music by Vangelis, but it took me a few times of watching the director's cut and Final Cut before I was finally able to fully crack into the cold, aloof pacing and plot that's more intuited than explained.

While working on a follow-up to the highly praised Blade Runner in the presence of its original director, Villeneuve said he didn't feel pressure from Ridley, who is also an executive producer on the film. The first film left us hanging.

The rest of the cast is also impressive. Ditto for Sylvia Hoeks as Luv, the lieutenant of new corporate baddie/super-scientist Wallace (Jared Leto), supplanter to the Tyrell Corporation. Villenueve's work with Gosling here, like his collaboration with Amy Adams in Arrival, suggests that one of the filmmaker's greatest strengths lies in his ability to effectively juxtapose a top-flight actor against a fantastic backdrop while never letting one overshadow the other.

Always one to provide memorably amusing interviews, Ford continued his story and told Norton about how he believed that Gosling was ideal for the part he was ultimately cast in. Where did I come from? There was something about it that spoke to me as a kid that I couldn't let go of. I'm glad you stopped digging before you got to the truth. Blade Runner 2049 is filled with mind-blowing images, with cinematographer Roger Deakins and production designer Dennis Gassner giving us frame after frame of impossible, forbidding beauty: Overhead shots of a gray, cluttered Los Angeles skyline, with brief, mysterious glimmers of those iconic neon screens below; desolate, dust-blasted orange wastelands; abandoned cities stacked with ornate, neoclassical ruins; even, yes, snow.

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