'Blade Runner 2049' Is Apparently "Better Than The Original"

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Ask any film lover and they’ll tell you – Blade Runner was – and still is – a cinematic masterpiece. 

For most people, it’s right up there with The Godfather on the list of films that you absolutely have to watch before you die, and that’s definitely saying something.

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The kaleidoscopic visuals of Blade Runner brought forth a new wave of cinematic aesthetics, inspiring the likes of Japanese anime directors and Hollywood cinematographers across the board to create some of the most hyper-realistic animation and CGI we’ve seen on-screen today.

The plot of Blade Runner takes place in future Los Angeles – which, for people in the 80’s, was 2019. LA is portrayed as a pan-cultural dystopia, filled with holographic advertising, pollution and flying cars, as well as artificially intelligent robots known as ‘Replicants’.

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Replicants are bio-engineered robots created – by a large tech corporation – to look exactly like humans, despite being nothing more than artificial intelligence. They’re supposed to be kept in a colony off earth, and are tasked with doing the jobs that most humans would rather not do (ie. manual labour, prostitution).

Harrison Ford plays Deckard, a retired police officer who is forced to reprise his old job as a Replicant hunter (aka. a Blade Runner), when a group of Replicants escape back on to Earth. He’s tasked with catching them and taking them back to their colony, but things go awry when he falls in love with a Replicant named Rachael (Sean Young), who’s completely unaware that she’s just a robot.

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The film is described as a neo-noir science-fiction flick, directed by Ridley Scott – the genius behind the Alien films. Filled with sweeping shots of cutting-edge skyscrapers and neon-coloured lights, the film’s mesmerising use of cinematography has been hailed as one of the best in Hollywood history. And the plot has also managed to stand unmatched since the film’s 1982 release.

Until now, at least.

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The film’s long-anticipated sequel, Blade Runner 2049, stars Ryan Gosling as a replicant hunter who discovers a dark secret that leads him back to Deckard (Harrison Ford), who has been missing for 30 years.

Whilst the film will get its official UK release on the 6th of October (next week Friday!!!), the first reviews from critics are already out – and people are claiming that it’s better than the 1982 original.

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Check out some of the best reactions below:

For those of you who haven’t seen it yet, here’s the trailer for Blade Runner 2049:

And here’s the trailer for Blade Runner (1982):

Excited? Let us know what you think in the comments!

Images via Warner Bros. 

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