Blade Runner 2049

Out Now On-Demand

Ryan Gosling stars in the sequel to the Denis Villeneuve-directed sequel to Ridley Scott's sci-fi classic. Returning are Harrison Ford who reprises his role as Rick Deckard and Scott who co-produces.

Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard, a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.

Denis Villeneuve is some kind of cinematic magician. He bounces between genres, masters them all, and has now resurrected a 35-year-old classic and made it his own. It’s like he soaked in the essence of Blade Runner and channelled it into this new story, which continues the original’s themes regarding sentience, expands on them, then adds new shades of grey.

Villeneuve is also a master of tone, recreating Ridley Scott’s trick of making everything feel like a puzzle to be solved. Blade Runner 2049 is enigmatic, continually intriguing, and at its heart, a noir film. One of the first shots of Ryan Gosling has him in silhouette, and throughout characters are shrouded in darkness as we try to parse their motivations.

Each scene feels like a window into a place worth exploring. It’s full of fascinating characters, some of whom we only meet fleetingly. Future L.A. may be a blasted hell-scape, but it’s an exhilarating place to spend some time, and one that’s realised with huge attention to detail.

Gosling is great, bringing the stoicism of his work with Nicolas Winding Refn but allowing some warmth to creep through. And Harrison Ford keeps proving that he can actually still act, getting some of the most moving moments in a story that deals with tragedy and redemption.

Blade Runner 2049 honours its predecessor by using it as inspiration for a crop of new ideas. It’s a bold, bleak dose of sci-fi miserabilism that occasionally reveals its beating human heart.

The Guardian (UK)


It just has to be experienced on the biggest screen possible. Blade Runner 2049 is a narcotic spectacle of eerie and pitiless vastness, by turns satirical, tragic and romantic.

Total Film (UK)


Villeneuve's film is a direct continuation in every respect; it's difficult to imagine anyone - even Ridley Scott - making a better Blade Runner sequel.

Empire (UK)


Visually immaculate, swirling with themes as heart-rending as they are mind-twisting, 2049 is, without doubt, a good year. And one of 2017's best.

Hollywood Reporter


A voluptuous mood bath that's impressively sustained from beginning to end.

Variety (USA)


A visually breathtaking, long-fuse action movie whose unconventional thrills could be described as many things - from tantalising to tedious - but never "artificially intelligent."

TimeOut (US)


Immersing you in a complete wow, Blade Runner 2049 is the thinking person's sci-fi event of the year.



I imagine most audiences will like the film ... I thought it was okay.

Sydney Morning Herald


Despite its blockbuster trappings, this Blade Runner is as much an art movie as the first one: slow, idea-driven, and often emotionally remote. (Sarah Watt)


Villeneuve has taken the double-edged sword of the update and created a Blade Runner 2049 worthy of honouring its ancestor, while bringing it appropriately into the mid-21st Century.

Keeping Up with NZ


An immersive masterpiece that may even surpass the original. (Kate Rodger)


My brain still hasn't stopped whirring, neither has my heart. (Darren Bevan)


An artform of suspense and enigma that's as compelling and fascinating as it is emotionally distant.



Utterly sensational.

It's a thrilling, stunning masterpiece; equalling (over) it's powerful predecessor.

Do Androids get as sentimental as Hollywood?

Trying to breathe enough life into a simple idea to make a sequel is tricky. The new idea is quite clever but the execution seemed to lack thought. If the pacing was faster, we the audience might not notice the plot holes but Blade Runner 2049 takes a slow and measured approach and then puts the brakes on in the third act giving us far too long to think about the plot.

In this movie there is rarely any doubt who the replicants are. While there is plenty of violence there is very little shock value. Despite being a violent, dystopian, sci-fi film about the LAPD and androids it gets increasingly sentimental, climaxing in the final scene. There are more female characters among the antagonists and the supporting cast but also a stronger sense of women (real and virtual) existing largely for the sexual pleasure of men.

The mise-en-scène follows nicely on from the first movie, with what looks like a bigger budget. Like the original one, this film will stay in the mind longer than most due to its visual impact.




Boring, excessive nudity

One of those movies that relies on the high tech effects outweighing long, boring monologues and whole dialogues that leave you wondering what just got discussed. Lots of excessive, unrelated nudity that will leave you wondering if Weinstein was the producer and how the NZ Censors could rate the R13. I almost fell asleep so left before the finale to avoid another naked woman shot that had nothing to do with the movie.

You wont know till you try it.

This is a love it or hate it movie. As the huge range of reactions described in these reviews demonstrates nicely.

From the reactions of those I saw it with (they hated it, I loved it), I recommend anyone going to Blade Runner 2049 first watch Blade Runner. The Director's Cut, that is. The original theatrical release didn't do particularly well for good reason. When Ridley Scott finally had the clout to present the movie he wanted to make it was, to my mind, far superior. Viewed with in this context, chances of enjoying this movie are likely to go up.

There are themes in this movie that reference the source material of Phillip K. Dick's story Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? That were by passed in Blade Runner. This makes me wonder if another movie is planned/hoped for by the team that has bought us BR 2049. I sure hope so. I think Vileneuve has what it takes to further explore the grey and frightening world where we can no longer be sure what is real.

Review: Blade Runner 2049

I wasn't a big fan of the original Blade Runner. I thought it was fine, but I wasn't like 98% of cinephiles that think this is the big sci-fi film ever made.

Blade Runner 2049 is really good. Like the original, the visuals are the star of the show. Roger Deakins puts his gorgeous cinematography on show again (and maybe it is lucky number 14 to get allusive Oscar) and the plethora of visual effects are mind-blowing (the '3 way' sex scene is mastery). I would highly recommend going to the toilet before this film, and eating beforehand as she is a long film.

At close to three hours, I was surprised how good the pace was and didn't feel the need to check the time to see how long to go. I would say that the characters and the performances were fine, but the real star is how far technology has come and the technological feats that this film accomplished.

A future so gloomy you'll think you're wearing shades

Blade Runner 2049 is gonna polarize the multiplex crowd.

At one end of the reaction-spectrum will be those who bemoan it's slow pace and gargantuan running-time; it's emotional remoteness and cerebral preoccupations; it's emphasis on mood and ideas rather than action and melodrama. That last one, I think, will be the real litmus test for many in the audience; 2049 is sci-fi spectacle for viewers who find Hollywood's usual sci-fi spectacles too sensationalized and explosiony.

We, at this other end of the reaction-spectrum, will revel in the film's total commitment to building an alternate reality (to which the pacing becomes integral); the trust it places in the viewer to make sense of that world (including its oppressive sense of human disconnection); and the performances that lend a fragile humanity to the artificial (the emotions are definitely there if only one pays attention).

The overlap between these two camps will be that everyone can agree the film is a visual masterwork. Nobody, I think, will deny that the cinematography, art direction, and special effects are anything less than dazzling. Even if the story does nothing for you, images this supremely crafted demand to be experienced in a cinema, and are worth the price of admission alone. The soundtrack's magnificently brooding rumble, too, is what surround sound was made for.

It's as richly atmospheric as future-fantasy gets, a head-trip to another time and place, a noirish reckoning with our symbiotic relationship to technology. As someone who's always admired the original Blade Runner without truly loving it, I found the sequel both worthy and impressive, a fitting expansion of that classic for a new generation. It'll bore some people to tears and hold others, me included, utterly spellbound.




Classic - no, but how do you follow up the original..?

Okay - for starters, I'm an absolutely HUUUGE fan of the first movie. The set pieces, Lighting effects, haunting vangelis music, the anit-hero of deckard, it was art on film - back when i saw the original at the movies when i was 12 years old in the early eighties .

But such potential is wasted in this film.

Yes its quite slow (nearly 3 hours long, so see it in a comfy theatre), but that's the idea. The original (and all movies at that time), had a much slower pace when compared to the much faster paced movies of today.

(Not going to lie - a pensioner behind me was snoring for 30mins during the session - and I almost joined him).

None of the characters are likeable or engaging (except for joi)

The storyline is "meh, whatever"

The recently released 3 short film featurettes / prequels have a much better pace, and storyline - so i'd watch them instead cause that's as good as it gets..

Would I watch it again - absolutely not.

Shame really, cause I really like Dennis Villenues other films...

Think of it like "Dances with wolves" - you have to see it, but afterwards you won't care if you never see it again...

Blade Runner 2049

BLADE RUNNER 2049 was a colossal disappointment. I'll start off with the things I liked. All of Denis Villeneuve's work is beautiful, even his films I didn't like, and this is no exception. It's visually stunning. Every frame is like a painting. Roger Deakins' cinematography is immaculate. I won't say who, but a character from the first film makes a brief appearance and it's the best CGI rendering of a human I've seen. The face was a bit off, but it still looked pretty damn good.

On a technical and visual level, the film is flawless. It's just a shame that everything else about BLADE RUNNER 2049 was so excruciatingly dull. I don't mind a slow burn, but I struggled to stay interested in the meandering, ponderous narrative, and it didn't need to be nearly three hours long.

Ryan Gosling is a terrific actor. I've loved him ever since I saw DRIVE. Giving a similar performance to his in ONLY GOD FORGIVES. Gosling has zero charisma as Officer K and did not make a compelling lead. It's a film you have to be in the mood to watch. It really takes its time to tell its story, and some people might love that. I did not.

If the story and characters aren't engaging and I'm not feeling anything, I can only appreciate its technical mastery for so long, and it didn't take long for me to get bored.

Long but worth it

Enjoyed this movie. It was slow in some places but I think that it helped the story. Ryan Gosling did a great job. Makes me want to watch the first one again. They linked it in really well. Thanks Flicks for the free pass to see this.

The future is a lonely place

Without the quirky retro charm of the original this new chapter has to make it's own mark, and it does. 2049 is bleaker and surprisingly underpopulated. Something happened 30 years ago and this simple linear story gets us up to date. The world is a grim place struggling after multiple ecological disasters, and you can almost feel the dust in the back of your throat as the camera sweeps around the landscape.

Although the incomparable Vangelis was not invited to score this one Hans Zimmer takes us right back to the world we loved with his soaring soundtrack. Be warned though. This is not for everyone. It is long, ponderous and does not have the snappy dialogue of the original Bladerunner or the characters we all know and love.

This new chapter though is a worthy second instalment and a valid continuation of the questions about the safety of developing independant artificial intelligence.