BLADE RUNNER 2049 International Trailer: The Future Has Finally Been Unearthed

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BLADE RUNNER 2049 International Trailer: The Future Has Finally Been Unearthed

A new international trailer for Blade Runner 2049 gives all due respect to Ridley Scott and Harrison Ford, but what drew my attention on this latest marketing tool are the elements that suggest the sequel will not be simply a slavish copy of the original.

Sure, there are visuals that are impressive and should look staggering on the big screen. Sure, Harrison Ford is back, though, for all we know, he may be limited to one sequence late in the story. But there's also more daylight than I've been expecting, more grit and dirt and ugly blood and wounds and garbage.

That's all to the good, in my opinion. Director Denis Villeneuve has shown, time and again, that he has the capacity to come up with new ways of looking at familiar material. Working in collaboration with the supremely talented Roger Deakins as director of photography is also a strong factor in my increasingly positive hopes.

Ryan Gosling is, obviously, game for messing up that pretty face of his -- I thought of Jack Nicholson in Chinatown, for some reason -- and the rest of the cast looks they are employed effectively, people like Robin Wright, Jared Leto, Ana de Armas, and even, bless his heart, Dave Bautista.

Check out the trailer below and let us know your reaction. Are your hopes rising? Or does it still seem like a hopeless, pointless endeavor?

Blade Runner 2049 opens on October 6, 2017.

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MikeJuly 18, 2017 9:28 AM

I was definitely an early skeptic, but fuck it. They've got me interested.

ManateeAdvocateJuly 18, 2017 12:46 PM

Likewise. I'm all in now.

ManateeAdvocateJuly 18, 2017 12:47 PM

Looks gorgeous.

Peter MartinJuly 18, 2017 2:12 PM

Yeah, I'm edging closer and closer to the abyss...

TheChocopocoJuly 18, 2017 4:20 PM

The more footage I see, the less interested I am. This whole trailer is nowhere near as visually rich as just any second of the original.
I find Villeneuve a good director for tension and melodrama, but very pedestrian visually speaking. Orange filter alone doesn't make for an interesting future to look at.
Just watch the trailer for the original right after this one. In Ridley Scott's classic there's an atmospheric density in every frame you can feel you may be able to touch the air. It feels like a real, breathing world.
IMHO people like Edgar Wright or Gore Verbinski would have delivered a much more interesting picture working with the same screenplay.

omnisemantic1July 18, 2017 4:29 PM

I will try to express everything I have to say about this comment in 2 (two) Latin letters:


TheChocopocoJuly 18, 2017 5:26 PM

So eloquent!

Max RockatanskyJuly 19, 2017 9:13 PM

"Edgar Wright or Gore Verbinski". LMFAO!!! STFU.