Monday, May 8, 2017

Full trailer for 'Blade Runner 2049' is eye-popping, chilling, and gorgeous

Denis Villeneuve seemingly came out of nowhere, but the Canadian director has quickly established himself as one of the most talented and prolific filmmakers in Hollywood. After launching his career with the Oscar-nominated Incendies, the studios immediately took note of Villeneuve's abilities, giving him access to a wide range of projects. The twisty crime drama Prisoners revealed his talents to a broader audience in 2013, and films like Sicario and Arrival soon came along to take Villeneuve's popularity to a whole new level. It was only a matter of time before the filmmaker was handed the keys to a major franchise, but thankfully for all of the cinephiles out there, Villeneuve found a project that fits his cerebral, intense vision. Ridley Scott talked about making a sequel to Blade Runner for years, but the film really took off when Villeneuve came aboard. He'll be teaming up with Scott, screenwriter Hampton Fancher, cinematographer Roger Deakins, and a cast led by Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford for Blade Runner 2049, a long-awaited follow-up to the 1982 cult classic. It's surely one of the most anticipated cinematic events of the year, and today, we got our first full look at what Villeneuve will be bringing to the table. Check out the trailer below!

So yeah, this movie is gonna something, isn't it?

If nothing else, Blade Runner 2049 is going to be the most visually dazzling film of the year. This looks like an all-timer in the visual department, and I'm sincerely hoping that Roger Deakins picks up an Oscar win for his cinematography- as is pretty much every other fanboy on the internet. As for everything else in this trailer, it's clear that Warner Bros. and Villeneuve are sticking with the mysterious vibe that dominated the first teaser in December. It's been a little while since I saw the original Blade Runner, but I remember being absolutely blown away by it. I fell head-over-heels in love with its energy, its atmosphere, the noir vibe that blended sci-fi with brutal crime elements. If Villeneuve can nail the ambiance of the Blade Runner universe, then he's halfway there already. I'm not sure what the story exactly entails, but it seems to involve Gosling's Officer K on a search for Ford's Deckard, while simultaneously being pursued by Jared Leto's creepy antagonist and an assassin portrayed by Sylvia Hoeks. Still, I'm sure that the script is good enough to warrant a return to this stunning sci-fi world. The action looks incredible, the music by composer Johann Johannsson is tremendous, and every shot looks like a painting. Villeneuve hasn't missed yet, and I have a feeling that he's going to deliver one of the most spectacular blockbusters in recent memory.

Blade Runner 2049 opens on October 6.

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