If there is one film that will surely stick with you from 2017, then perhaps Blade Runner 2049 is it. With the passing of a baton of two huge icons of their generation and the renewal of Philip K Dick’s cult future-noir classic, this film already had a lot going for it. Even so, courtesy of Denis Villeneuve’s painstaking direction (and Ridley Scott’s production) the jawdropping cinematography and a foreboding bleakness which even eclipses the original, this cinematic masterstroke could become the prototype for how to not only execute a sequel, but how to take it to a whole new level.
In the year 2049, many years after what known as a near-apocalyptic type event known as the blackout, the remnants of the original replicants are hunted down by the next generation of blade runners. Meanwhile, substantially enhanced, near-human replicants are used to serve a society with virtual reality and augmented reality a prominent part of everyday existence. Tyrell Corporation has been replaced by an organisation helmed by the ambitious Niander Wallace who is experimenting on creating the perfect replicant. Officer K, played by Ryan Gosling, is a disciplined new breed of blade runner who decommissions old replicants. In the line of duty he stumbles upon dark secrets an seeks out retired, and easily irritable blade runner Deckard, reprised by Harrison Ford, to learn about the past.