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06 October 2017, 12:47 | Clyde Nash
When Hammond asks Ford, "When you got that call [that said], 'Listen, we're making another Blade Runner and we want you to be in it, ' what was your reaction?"
What is "Blade Runner 2049" about? The movie has excellent direction by Oscar-nominated directorDenis Villeneuve, wonderful cinematography and a nicely connected storyline.
The original film was a hit with audiences thanks to its stunning visuals and the questions it raised over the nature of humanity.
FORD: "Yeah, and a fitting one". While the original may be the sharpest "Blade" movie ever, these others had their points.
Um, yeah, we're not doing that. A few rogue early models are still out there, and LAPD "blade runners" still take on the job of tracking them down and "retiring" them; one of those officers, himself a later-model replicant, is "K" (Ryan Gosling). Harrison Ford has basically built his modern-day career around revisiting his most iconic roles; while he doesn't make as strong an impression here as he did in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it's a solid and layered performance in a compelling new chapter of Rick Deckard's story. In 2022, an electromagnetic pulse, aka an EMP, was detonated somewhere on the West Coast, shutting down cities and corrupting much of the data in the country, affecting worldwide markets and leading to a starvation. When those stars are the notoriously press-shy Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling, now promoting Blade Runner 2049, getting a genuinely fun interview is theoretically impossible. "That's so cool you did that", Gosling gushed. As the anchor of the film, K requires a steady and steely resolve, and Gosling has no challenges there. The movie's visual palette is so striking that I was nearly disappointed when Villeneuve would cut away from a long, slow plan through the dystopian streets of Los Angeles to get back to the narrative.
You're also left wanting more of Leto, whose blind Niander is fascinating in just a handful of scenes.
The most talked about sequel of recent years is nearly here. Blade Runner scribe Hampton Fancher and Michael Green (Logan) penned the screenplay. "Blade Runner 2049" keeps teasing these larger ideas while it doggedly, deliberately pursues its central mysteries of defining identity and societal "order". They were used as slave labour because they were better than humans in every way and believed to be incapable of human thought. Again, though, this movie tries to get at something new, even if it feels far-fetched.
"Additionally, cinematographer Roger Deakins is being singled out for praise, and while he's never won the Oscar despite being nominated 13 times, perhaps this will finally be his year", Goldberg wrote.
"I feel like that is where this is headed", he said, as a typically straight-faced Ford cracked up next to him.
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