Warner Bros. gave us a heads up last week that we fans would be receiving quite a treat this morning in the form of a brand new, full-length trailer for Blade Runner 2049. WB held an event this morning, which included director Denis Villeneuve and stars Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford, and debuted the new trailer to the world. While these events are pretty cool and give confidence in the film since they’re willing to host a Q&A for a trailer, the footage has to speak for itself, and holy f did it.
Before we talk about the footage, the way to overdue sequel sees Gosling’s LAPD Officer K unearthing a secret that could possibly lunge what’s left of society into chaos. But his discovery leads him on a search for Rick Deckard, a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years. I’ve watched the original movie two or three times now, and I’m sad to report that I’m in the very small minority that isn’t much of a fan of it. And it’s odd to say, but it has nothing to do with not liking it, I just don’t understand it. I’ve tried so hard to sit down, watch it, and come out loving the hell out of it, but I’ve never able to accomplish it. Usually, I would give up after an attempt or two, but being the caliber of film it is and seeing how much it’s loved, I’m determined to keep giving the original film a shot.
Now, as for the sequel, I’m pumped. Just because the original isn’t exactly a favorite of mine (and I’m a total sci-fi nut), that has no affect on my excitement for this film. First of all, look who is directing. Villeneuve has easily become one of top three, maybe top two directors working today. Every time he makes a film, I fall more in love. Secondly, bringing back Harrison Ford and teaming him with Ryan Gosling? Game-changer. Over the last year or so, Gosling has really driven his way up my favorite actor category, especially after last year’s La La Land. But Ford, he’s just the man. And from the even that took place today, just as it was with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, you can tell he couldn’t be happier to returning to the franchise.
But what about the footage? Truthfully, it’s a question that doesn’t really need to be asked. Villeneuve has made a stamp in the business by blending the perfect amount of visuals and story-telling. Each time he steps behind the camera, each of them get better. And it shows no sign of slowing down. If you watch the 2049 trailer without the sound, you can be mesmerized by the look of it. But once you start listening to what’s going on, the ideas and questions that are brought to the table intrigue to the hell out of you, leaving you wanting as much as you can possibly handle. Unfortunately we all have to wait until October, but because it’s Villeneuve, Gosling, Ford, and Blade Runner, I have no doubt it will be worth the wait.
Take a look or two or three at the new trailer below and after doing so, head down to the comments and let me know what you thought of it. Are you excited they made a sequel? Did the trailer lock you in? Don’t forget to check out my live reaction to the trailer on our latest trailer reaction and review video, which I posted below! Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049 is released on October 6th, 2017 and stars Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Jared Leto, Ana de Armas, Dave Bautista, Mackenzie Davis, and Robin Wright.
Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.