“I had your job once,” Harrison Ford grumbles, looking like he can’t believe he agreed to another belated sci-fi sequel.
Ryan Gosling responds: “Things were simpler then.” And that about sums up what we’re given in this new trailer for Blade Runner 2049.
The original 1982 Blade Runner was a languid neo-noir; a small story in a big world; the tale of a cop working a case and coming to grasp the flawed morality of his job. 2049, on the other hand, seems intent on exploring a much broader mythology, with far higher consequences and so many more explosions.
A foggy-eyed Jared Leto teases that “the future of the species is finally unearthed.” Gosling’s superior, Robin Wright, dramatically insists, “This breaks the world!” It all sounds pretty bombastic. But thanks to Denis Villeneuve’s direction and the cinematography of the legendary Roger Deakins, it also looks absolutely phenomenal. Perhaps all our apprehensions will be lost in time… like—well, you get it.
Gosling’s latest instance of getting bloodied through a neon aesthetic hits theaters October 6.