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Blade Runner 2049 is slow and indulgent, just how fans like it

Blade Runner 2049 is slow and indulgent, just how fans like it

Ana De Armas as Joi and Ryan Gosling as K in Blade Runner 2049.

Opening this weekend, the long awaited sequel of one of the most creative classics of all time, Blade Runner 2049. She was made by Tyrell, who is the head of Tyrell Corp, the company that invented replicants. Directed by Denis Villeneuve ("Arrival") from a script by original co-writer Hampton Fancher (with Michael Green), "Blade Runner 2049" is determined to create its own world out of the seeds that Scott (a producer here) left behind. Sure, it had its flaws in a devilishly slow pace and clunky storytelling, not to mention the now infamous multiple cuts, but "Blade Runner" was nothing short of a visual masterpiece born from the combined genius of director Ridley Scott and cinematographer Jordan Cronenweth. Maybe "Blade Runner" wore its complexities on its sleeve, too.

Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling are involved in plenty of press interviews as they promote Blade Runner 2049. The late-arriving Harrison Ford is there in the flesh, but he's coming off a "Star Wars" franchise that reanimated actors, including a dead one, in younger digital facsimiles.

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The chat was so off-the-cuff, the actors nearly completely forget to even promote their new movie Blade Runner 2049! A big fan of the original - he is said to have received the blessing of Scott, who is counted among the film's producers - the director is meticulous and purposeful in executing his vision. Do you view this as a sequel?

"I feel like that is where this is headed", he said, as a typically straight-faced Ford cracked up next to him.

Although 2049 does falter in some of its more heavy-handed allusions to Christianity, and its insistence that "Dying for the right cause is the most human thing we can do", it more often eschews moral certainties, and this is where Villeneuve's film really shines.