Based on the Philip K. Dick novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? the original 1982 film stars Harrison Ford as Rick Deckard taking down rogue androids called replicants, only to become embroiled in a complicated murder plot and questioning the line between human and robot. Now, in the new movie, we have Ryan Gosling as LAPD Officer K who stumbles upon a secret that could overturn society and sends him on a quest to find the missing Deckard, though we don’t know to what end.
I’m not as opposed to this sequel as I would otherwise be for a beloved sci-fi classic. Director Denis Villeneuve worked on Prisoners and Arrival, two incredibly gripping and dramatic movies. Ford is getting up there in years and I’d rather have him playing Deckard than a bizarre uncanny-valley-CGI-nightmare version. Ryan Gosling is a solid lead along with Robin Wright and Dave Bautista, and while Ana de Armas has mostly been in schlock, I could see her being compelling. Jared Leto is also on the project, make of that what you will. The biggest red flag is that Ridley Scott isn’t on the project, but that doesn’t necessarily foretell a disaster due to Villeneuve’s similar style and aesthetic choices.
Blade Runner 2049 premieres in theaters on October 6, 2017.