By Creative Media Times
Warner Bros. is having a great year so far and that seem continue with Denis Villeneuve’s “Blade Runner 2049,” the long-awaited sequel to the 1982 dystopian cult classic.
Review embargo was lifted today and the first set of reviews are glowing. As of 7 P.M., the neo-noir sci-fi stands at 98% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes with 42 reviews counted.
USA Today’s Brian Truitt called it “best film so far this year,” while The Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw described the film as “a gigantic spectacle of pure hallucinatory craziness.” Dan Jolin’s Empire Magazine is equally enamored with his excellent summation: “visually immaculate, swirling with themes as heart-rending as they are mind-twisting, 2049 is, without doubt, a good year. And one of 2017’s best.”
“Blade Runner 2049” is set three decades after the events of the 1982 landmark original with star Ryan Gosling as LAPD Officer K and Harrison Ford reprising his Rick Deckard role. Joining the duo is Jared Leto who is seen on the trailer as the wicked Niander Wallace, as well as Dave Bautista, Robin Wright, Ana de Armas, David Dastmalchian, and Mackenzie Davis.
The excellent reviews can’t come at a better time. According to Fandango, “Blade Runner 2049” advance ticket sales is “significantly outpacing” that of “The Martian”, “Gravity” and ‘Mad Max: Fury Road.” All three films were box-office hits and critically lauded and received multiple Academy Award nominations including Best Picture, a level of success rarely seen in the sci-fi genre. “Fandango is seeing strong advance ticket sales for ‘Blade Runner 2049’ as the film continues to attract great buzz,” said Fandango managing editor Erik Davis.
“Blade Runner 2049” opens on October 6th 2017, almost a year after director Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi hit Arrival.