The best sequels expand upon the themes and characters introduced in their predecessors.
Blade Runner 2049 not only does just that, it immerses us in a world that’s at once familiar and yet disparate from the one depicted in Ridley Scott’s film. Set 30 years after the original, future Los Angeles has become even more dystopian. Industrialist Neander Wallace (Jared Leto) has appointed himself successor to the now defunct Tyrell Corporation, creating obedient replicants as a workforce.
The remaining Nexus models continue to be hunted down by Blade Runners like Officer K (Ryan Gosling), who, while on a job, uncovers a long buried secret that will have shattering ramifications not only for the replicants, but for K himself. How Deckard (Harrison Ford) fits into this discovery is just one piece of a much larger puzzle.
Director Dennis Villeneuve’s moody style brings an eerie and artistic quality to every scene of this measured, mesmerising, and visually magnificent sequel (this would be a different film had Ridley Scott directed it). An instant classic of the genre that will dazzle the eyes, engage the brain, and continue to reward on repeat viewings.
Release Date: 17 January 2018
Format: DVD Blu-ray UV 3D 4K
Starring: Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Ana de Armas
Read our interview with director Denis Villeneuve.
BD & 4K ONLY
- Designing the World of Blade Runner 2049
- Blade Runner 101 Prologues:
– 2036: Nexus Dawn
– 2048: Nowhere to Run
– 2022: Blackout
JB HI-FI EXCLUSIVE
- Blu-ray & 4K with Bonus Disc:
– To Be Human
– Two Become One
– Fights of the Future: The Action of Blade Runner 2049
– Dressing the Skin: The Fashion of Blade Runner 2049
DID YOU KNOW
- David Bowie was Denis Villeneuve’s original choice for the role of Niander Wallace, but passed away before the start of production.