The Culture Movies

New 'Blade Runner 2049' trailer released: How first movie became a sci-fi classic

'Blade Runner 2049' stars Ryan Gosling and Robin Wright and features the return of original 'Blade Runner' actor Harrison Ford. The first movie is often called one of the best science fiction movies ever made.

Ryan Gosling arrives at the 22nd Annual Critics' Choice Awards in Santa Monica, Calif. on December 11, 2016.
Danny Moloshok/Reuters
|
Caption

A trailer has been released for the upcoming movie “Blade Runner 2049,” which is a sequel to the 1982 film that is often hailed as one of the best science fiction movies of all time.

“Blade Runner 2049” stars Ryan Gosling, Robin Wright, and Jared Leto and features the return of original “Blade Runner” actor Harrison Ford. The trailer shows Mr. Gosling’s character encountering Mr. Ford’s, Rick Deckard.

“I had your job once,” Rick tells him. “I was good at it.”

“Things were simpler then,” Gosling’s character tells him. 

The movie is set to be released on Oct. 6 and is being directed by Denis Villeneuve, who is currently earning awards season praise for his movie “Arrival,” which was released earlier this year. Actress Amy Adams has been nominated for a best actress prize from the Screen Actors Guild and for the Golden Globes for her work in the movie.

"Blade Runner 2049" will hit theaters 35 years after the original movie, which has been hailed as one of the best science fiction movies ever. 

The original “Blade Runner” movie follows Rick Deckard, who works to track down “replicants,” or creatures who look exactly like humans, who have returned to Earth illegally. Sean Young, Rutger Hauer, and Daryl Hannah co-star.

What makes “Blade Runner” one of the best movies of its genre? Richard Corliss of Time credits, for one, the look of the film. 

“[‘Blade Runner’ is] one of the most influential, densely designed visions ever made,” he writes. “…Narrative drive and graphic ingenuity combine to create a compelling fantasy world, a disturbing future as near to us as our nightmares.” 

And Michael Newton of the Guardian calls the movie “timeless.”

“The movie remains one of the most visually stunning in cinema history,” Mr. Newton writes. “…One of the key things that Ridley Scott brings to Philip K Dick’s story is an attention to film itself, and to how it makes meaning for us.”