"this is a follow up that was well worth the 35 year wait"

Prolific Filmmaker Denis Villeneuve returns to the big screen with his entry to the Blade Runner franchise; Blade Runner 2049, and he doesn’t disappoint giving new life to the film series originated by the legendary Sir Ridley Scott and based on the novel by Philip K. Dick.

Going into Blade Runner 2049, I knew virtually nothing about the film; I had seen some photos, the trailer, knew Harrison Ford was back as Deckard, it starred Ryan Gosling and Jared Leto was a villainous type, but I knew nothing about the plot other than what I had read in the synopsis, and that’s the best way to see this film, so no spoilers from me.

The world feels lived in, it is dark and gritty and in many ways is a character all in itself, backed up with stellar performances across the board from Gosling, Ford, Leto, Robin Wright, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Mackenzie Davis and Dave Bautista, but to go into their characters would be a disservice to the film.

Like with its predecessor, Blade Runner 2049 is deliberately paced from start to satisfying conclusion and has a peppering of action sequences where necessary, and is packed full of intrigue and will keep you guessing until the end.

I won’t go into specifics, but it is a solid film from start to finish and has been wonderfully crafted by Villeneuve and his creative team, all I will say is that this is a follow up that was well worth the 35 year wait and is a calling card to Hollywood that shows how follow ups should be made for beloved films of yesteryear, in a world where sub-par remakes and sequels, and ever prequels exist, it is refreshing to see a film that is content with expanding its lore.