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Blade Runner 2049 early reactions call sequel ‘stunning’, ‘Oscar-worthy’

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It’s nothing but praise for Denis Villeneuve’s newest

Ryan Gosling as Agent K in Blade Runner 2049. Warner Bros.

Reactions to the first screenings of Blade Runner 2049, Denis Villeneuve’s sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 sci-fi epic, have appeared online and they are overwhelmingly positive.

The most consistent line of praise the film has been getting is for Villeneuve’s direction. Early remarks call it stunning, “hypnotic and immersive,” cementing Villeneuve as one of the best big budget film directors of the generation. That’s not hyperbole, either.

One critic said Blade Runner 2049’s storyline is more compelling than the original’s. Other critics have pointed out that the sequel is so heavily tied into Scott’s Blade Runner, that it will be difficult for reviews to be entirely spoiler free. If you’re one of the many people who wants to know as little as possible heading into the movie, it’s best not to read any reviews ... or any further in this article, either.

Blade Runner 2049 takes place 30 years after the events of Blade Runner. A new Blade Runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), must find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) after he discovers a secret that could result in the destruction of the world as they know it.

Collected below are a sample of early reactions to Blade Runner 2049:

Blade Runner 2049 will be available to watch in theaters on Oct. 6. There are a number of prequel short films focusing on a variety of characters and years between 2019 (the year Blade Runner took place in) and 2049 that can be watched in the mean time.