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His life drastically changes when his supervisor tasks him with his final assignment: chasing after and "retiring" replicants - bioengineered androids that provide slave labor in extraterrestrial colonies - many of which have rebelled against humans and dangerously roam the Earth.

"Blade Runner 2049", director Denis Villeneuve's sequel to Ridley Scott's 1982 "Blade Runner", comes out October 5.

The parallels don't stop there.

Which makes this incredibly problematic as a sequel, abandoning the understated aesthetics of the 1982 original and turning the lights all the way up. But after K is assigned to decommission replicant runner Sapper Morton (Dave Bautista), he stumbles upon a secret that affects not only his future, but the future of all human and replicant-kind alike. K's discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years. Pictures, Sony Pictures, and Alcon Entertainment are canceling the red carpet for tomorrow's screening of Blade Runner 2014, ' said the company on Monday, according to Variety. Every frame of this film is a feast for the eyes.

So it is that many will approach Blade Runner 2049: Wary; Worried; Wishing they'd just leave the masterpieces alone.

While this film draws on numerous same themes as its predecessor - the perils of technology, over-industrialization, humanity, artificial intelligence and identity - it doesn't quite have the same emotional gravity as the first film. Later scenes set in the radioactive ruins of Las Vegas suddenly have added resonance. This greatly contrasts with the slippery downpour covering Los Angeles; the entire city is one flood away from circling the drain.

The long-awaited sequel looks to earn between $45 million and $50 million when it launches in more than 4,000 locations in North America. Unlike most big budget spectacles, Blade Runner 2049 uses special effects to illuminate both the grandiose and intimate facets of place. At close to three hours, "Blade Runner 2049" is a long film, but it's unlikely that true partisans will notice, or mind. Take the genre out of the equation: Blade Runner 2049 is one of the most beautifully shot movies ever made. "We're all just looking for something real", says one character, summing up (quite obviously) the film's dim themes concerning human emotion, artificial intelligence and past trauma. On the downside, 2049 also features Jared Leto, who is a bad actor who should not be allowed to act. "We had the keys to this thing and we hoped we were doing right by it, but it was a relief when Harrison got there because we felt like we were finally making Blade Runner". His pioneering solo albums paved way to iconic film soundtracks that won Oscars and critical acclaim, notably for Chariots of Fire and Blade Runner, which is consistently hailed as one of the greatest movie scores of all time - as well as being the only film soundtrack to have inspired its own video game.

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