The first full trailer for Blade Runner 2049 was released on Monday, and it's every bit as stark, striking, haunting and exhilarating as fans had hoped.
Thirty-five years after the world was introduced to the bleak over-crowded dystopia of Blade Runner's futuristic Los Angeles, fans are finally going to get the chance to see how the bustling yet dying metropolis has evolved -- along with its human and cybernetic residents -- in the long-awaited sequel.
From the look of this evocative first trailer, the crowded city streets, awash in the pulsating neon glow of overbearing advertisements, are still as vibrant, and the painful moral quandaries of balancing humanity and morality against profit and power are still very much at play.
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Set three decades after the events of the first film, Ryan Gosling stars as a so-called blade runner -- an LAPD officer tasked with hunting down rogue "replicants" (aka biological androids nearly indistinguishable from humans) who have escaped and are threatening public safety.
As Gosling gets wrapped up in a dark conspiracy, he crosses paths with Harrison Ford -- reprising his role as Rick Deckard -- who is holed up in an abandoned building and in hiding after years of living off the grid.
The trailer doesn't reveal much more about the plot than has already been announced, however it does tease us with more action than we've previously seen, and gives us a look at Roger Deakins' masterful cinematography.
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While Ridley Scott, who directed the original, produced Blade Runner 2049, this return to the deep and labyrinthine world of the Blade Runner universe is helmed by Dennis Villeneuve, who was nominated for an Oscar last year for his film Arrival.
From the synth score, to the desolate atmosphere, to the stunning visuals and muted performances, it looks like this sequel hits all the right notes that fans of the sci-fi classic were looking for.
Jared Leto, Robin Wright, Ana de Armas and Dave Bautista co-star, alongside Edward James Olmos, who reprises his character, the enigmatic blade runner Gaff.
Blade Runner 2049 hits theaters Oct. 6.
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