Blade Runner 2049 targeting a $50 million opening weekend

MONDELLO: If this sequence looks like 21st century Dickens, Director Denis Villeneuve has crafted others to conjure up Nabokov, "The Great Gatsby", "Pinocchio", "Treasure Island", "Macbeth", the Bible.

The director behind daunting thrillers like "Prisoners" and "Sicario", Denis Villeneuve brings an edgy perspective to "Blade Runner 2049".

Can you tell us more about the world the film is set in? And that's even without delving into the fun stuff, like the insane hairdryers or the nearly post-apocalyptic fashion sense. Reprising his role as Deckard, the sauced grouchy detective from the first film, we find him sauced and grouchy and retired. His Los Angeles remains dark, rainy and gloomily lovely, but it's essentially unchanged from Scott's depiction of 2019.

Despite its big sets, this world feels more constrained, oddly underpopulated, its empty streets set off by horizons smeared with smog and ash.

The original Blade Runner famously left fans with a dangling question: Is Rick Deckard a replicant? Squalid homes, bad food, simulated fantasies, endless drudgery-it's a wonder anyone wants to live, let alone fight for identity. These themes are elevated here, also building on and taking inspiration from ideas found in "Blade Runner". And it got more riled up from there. And if there's an emotional payoff inside said world, it's all on the shoulders of your cast. This film not only restructured the way the attractive mesh of science fiction and the noir style work together, but also how music for films like this would sound forever. He and his team realise that the woman died during childbirth and that she was a replicant, two things that don't make sense. And "Blade Runner" fans - well, they'll get everything they came for and then some when Harrison Ford's Deckard shows up looking weather-beaten. More can't be revealed about how each one fits into this unashamedly allegorical action movie. For some keen observers, this might be a problem.

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Blade Runner 2049 and its reported, $150 million price tag, will debut in 4,058 North American theaters (third widest all-time) this weekend while Sony and partner Alcon Entertainment will deliver the film worldwide. Alternating between icy cruelty and oversaturated '80s sentiment, Ridley Scott's glistening hunk of neon used the film noir genre against itself, undermining the robotic intensity of its heroes, and muddying some already troubled ethical waters. It occasionally stumbles; it's so solemn that it ends up twisting around and risking silliness, and yes, at 163 minutes, it could probably be shorter.

It's not hyperbole to say that this is the most magnificent technical achievement we've seen in cinema in a long while. The special effects are impeccable, and they include sequences that blur the line, evocatively, between what's real and unreal. Despite its current reputation - voted the best ever sci-fi film by scientists in a Guardian poll in 2004, frequently ranked among the greatest films of all time - it still needs this second chance. The score by Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch, both of whom worked on the sonically aggressive "Dunkirk", is loud and at times assaultive here, modulating from a quietly anticipatory ear-tinkle to the blast of a foghorn. You feel it in your chest when that synth fires up.

As is often the case with epochal films, Blade Runner was so visionary and profoundly unique when released in 1982 that it baffled and flopped. The times when Villeneuve seems to be playing most directly off of the first film are the weakest. Replicants are the future, but I can only make so many.

Hammond kicked off the interview by revealing she'd never seen the original film, which nearly instantly made the trio break into a fit of laughter that lasted the entirety of the interview.

He is also the ultimate outsider who operates in a no man's land between the disdain of humans and the resentment of replicants who consider him a traitor to their kind. That's not really his thing, you know? But it's wrapped in the most beautifully complex packaging to create an experience that is otherworldly. Blade Runner has had seven different versions.


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