TRAILER: Blade Runner 2049

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The full-length trailer for Blade Runner 2049 has finally arrived, and, let’s get this out of the way first: It looks amazing. With cinematography by infinite Oscar nominee Roger Deakins and production by Dennis Gassner, the world of Denis Villeneuve’s sequel looks to rival Ridley Scott’s original for misty dystopian moodiness, with just a touch of Only God Forgives thrown in for good measure. (Gassner and Deakins have worked together many times before, including on Skyfall and The Hudsucker Proxy, so it seems only reasonable to assume that Blade Runner 2049 will look like a cross between the two.) Call it Art Direction: The Movie and you’re already halfway to the podium.

  • Frostbite

    I don’t go to the theaters often, but I will be for this.

  • TJay229

    Ok… Batista & Jared…. Nuf said

  • joeyj1220

    It’s pretty ballsy to attempt a sequel to one of the greatest sci-fi films, but I liked Denis Villneuve’s “Arrival” a lot, so I’ll give this a chance (despite it having overhyped Ryan Gosling and no Vangelis score)

  • kaydenpat

    The first one is such a classic that I can’t imagine why we need a sequel. Hollywood needs to make fresh movies instead of regurgitating classics.

    • canoebum

      To paraphrase Leonard Bernstein, it’s getting really difficult to write an original melody in the key of b-flat. The last original sci-fi movie I’ve seen was Inception. Moon, with Sam Rockwell was also intriguing. Gravity was a huge disappointment. Even though there had been no other quite like it, the Doomed Astronaut genre has been worked over pretty well. I did like Prometheus, but thought too much was left on the cutting room floor.

  • Anastasia Beaverhousen

    I’m sorry, I just don’t get the obsession with this film. Sadly, it bored me and made me want to drink.

    • greenmanTN

      Is there anything that DOESN’T make you want to drink? 😉

    • JaniceInToronto

      You must be very thirsty indeed.

    • clay

      Some movies are meant to make you sad and want to drink.

    • fuow

      I think it has to do with the whole ‘look’ of the film. And, for me, the question – was Deckard a replicant or not. Oh, and the whole naked Rutger Hauer thing.

      • McSwagg

        The musical score was a big hook for me as well as the points you mention.

  • CharlestonDave

    If Ryan Gosling is a replicant, I’d like to order a set.

  • Fifth-and-a-Half Element

    Visually could it top the original? Sure…nowadays we have them there fancier computers.

    Ryan Gosling is overhyped IMO, but damned if older Harrison Ford doesn’t make my heart stop when he appears unannounced.

  • crewman

    I’m really excited about this. Blade Runner is one of my top 5 favorite movies. As others have expressed, I was also very skeptical about making a sequel to such a classic movie, but Ridley Scott has proven himself to be much more than a one-hit wonder. The teasers/trailers do look compelling.

  • greenmanTN

    I saw the original film on the opening weekend and was blown away. This looks like it has the potential to be very good. We shall see…

    Tangentially related, the was an almost throw-away idea in the original novel “Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?” that has stuck with me, damn, for over 30 years. It wasn’t in the movie because it would have been a distraction.

    In the book Dekker is married and his wife just sits home all day and watches TV (or whatever passes for it in the future). Her favorite is a talk show called “Buster Friendly And His Friendly Friends.” Its the usual talk show set up, a congenial host and famous guests being glamorous, witty and urbane, promoting their latest movie, music, book or whatever, generally being fabulous.

    But the show is on 24 hours a day and the host and all the guests are replicants. There ARE no movies, music, or books, those are just fictional projects to give the guests things to talk about. (What Hitchcock would have called a MacGuffin.) Only the talk show exists and the “celebrities” are just there to wear great clothes, look good, and be entertaining and witty.

    To this day when I watch a talk show and haven’t heard of the guest or care about the project they’re there to promote there’s always a sneaking suspicion in the back of my mind that they aren’t real people that exist in the real world. It really did a number on my view of popular culture. The upside of that would be that people like the Kardashians you could literally just turn them OFF!

    • Nowhereman

      I had forgotten that part. With our so-called “reality” shows, we are almost there-people who are famous for being famous and no one knows why. That is why our society is so cluttered with people like the Kardashians, Jenners and Palins just sucking up all the oxygen.

      • greenmanTN

        “Who are you and why am I supposed to care?”

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    • B Snow

      The part that stuck with me is the cat in the pet ambulance, towards the end of the book. I don’t remember that much about the rest of the book, but I love cats, so that part really stayed with me.

      • greenmanTN

        I don’t remember that at all, Maybe that’s the whole point in a way, that different things resonate with us.

  • Jeffrey

    I don’t think Ryan Gosling is over hyped, as some here do. The proof is in the box office receipts. Plus he has those eyes you wanna fall into. But I did try and watch La La Land and stopped three or four hours into it. Surprised anyone mistook that for best picture over Moonlight.

    • fuow

      Some people just like to bitch. Personally, I like him.

    • LMAO @ “stopped three or four hours into it”

  • Halloween_Jack

    I tend to go with the people who think that Ridley Scott is a gifted director without the ability to tell a good script from a bad one; Blade Runner was visually stunning and gorgeous, but there’s just not an awful lot of story there. I trust Denis Villeneuve more than Scott after seeing Arrival, which was fantastic in both the visuals and script, and think that this will be an improvement on the first movie in the same way that Aliens was an improvement on Alien.

    • joeyj1220

      Agreed that Blade Runner is more philosophizing than it is traditional story telling, but it works here. Also, I imagine the two Alien movies (1&2) as very different genres. Alien was about mood and visuals (much like Blade Runner) whereas Aliens was a traditional action movie. I love both of them… (we won’t discuss Aliens 3 & 4… shit, was there a 5?)

  • for me this is what made the original movie so iconic and amazing…

  • fuow

    I will soo be watching this.

  • Gene

    I watched this, like Greenman TN, on its opening weekend with friends on vacation at the beach. They hated it.

    Its one of my favorite films, up there with works by Bergman and Fellini. its a masterwork..and it asked, way before its time “what makes you human?”

    everyone should ask that of themselves. often

    Its a pity Sean Young is in no state to be in it…but, thats another story
    (at the time, with her retro Film Noir wardrobe and cool delivery, she was a 1930s screen goddess…set in a dystopian future…it was…brilliant)

  • Chuck in NYC

    I never read the novel which, according to Wikipedia, was originally set in 1992 but later editions made 2021. I saw Blade Runner. 2021 and 2049 don’t seem all that far away now, and I remember when 1984 and 2000 seemed ever so far into the future…

    I’ll just assume this takes place in an alternative universe.

  • Cuberly

    Heh…the Gosling technique…