|Directed by||:||Denis Villeneuve||Produced by||:||Andrew A. Kosove, Broderick Johnson, Bud Yorkin, Cynthia Sikes Yorkin||Based on||:||Characters from Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick||Starring||:||Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Robin Wright||Production company||:||Alcon Entertainment, Columbia Pictures, Scott Free Productions, Torridon Films||Country||:||United States|
‘Blade Runner 2049’ review (4K UHD)
Director Denis (“Arrival”) Villeneuve took viewers back into the world of replicant permanent retirement last year through a lumbering but cerebral sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 sci-fi cinematic masterpiece.
Now available in ultra-high definition, Blade Runner 2049 (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, rated R, 164 minutes, 2.39:1 aspect ratio, $35.99) dives in 30 years past the original to introduce a new breed of Blade Runner from the Los Angeles Police Department, still out to exterminate the unpredictable bioengineered android mistakes of the Tyrell Corp.
Specifically, replicant agent KDS-3.7 (Ryan Gosling) is still hunting the Nexus 8 models when he learns of a “skinjob” that may have given birth.
The revelation will turn him from the hunter into the hunted as he avoids corporate kingpin Niander Wallace’s (Jared Leto) goons and seeks out the legendary Blade Runner Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) to learn the truth about his origins and the possible evolution of the biorobotic humanoids.
The slow-burning plot, played out over almost three hours, quietly dives in character revelations, appreciation of the odd beauty of urban wastelands in a post-apocalyptic world and is occasionally interrupted with some exciting violent interludes.