Episode 17: Blade Runner 2049 and Retro Review – Ghost in the Shell (1995)

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Episode 17 will cover the long-awaited sequel Blade Runner 2049, then will jump back to the original Ghost in the Shell (1995) to see how the original sci-fi classic inspired so many films after it. Later we’ll discuss new trailers including Pacific Rim: Uprising and Star Wars: The Last Jedi, as well as some listener questions, and much more!

Blade Runner 2049

The sequel to Ridley Scott’s fabled classic follows a young blade runner on his journey across the dystopian wasteland as he tracks down a fellow blade runner, who has been missing for decades. The film stars Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Robin Wright, and Jared Leto.

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Ghost in the Shell (1995)

Based off the acclaimed manga, Ghost in the Shell follows a cyborg cop who attempts to track down a notorious hacker. The anime was very clearly inspired by the original Blade Runner, but has also influenced many other films itself.

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New Blade Runner 2049 Trailer Has Ryan Gosling Fighting to Save Humanity

The idea of Blade Runner 2049 is probably one that many first thought was unnecessary and just downright foolish to attempt. The sequel is having to follow in the footsteps of one of the most renowned science-fiction movies of all time – and it’s coming decades after the fact. But the stunning the new trailer released by 20th Century Fox will probably make all the skeptics out there think otherwise.

2049‘s first trailer wowed us with its beautiful visuals and thrilling action, while also adding a few nice nods to the original. One way 2049 is succeeding is that the film is clearly aware of what’s come before it, but there’s also the mystery in what novel aspects the team is bringing to it. That’s especially true for director Denis Villeneuve, who manages to create both smart and thrilling movies like Prisoners, Sicario, and last year’s Arrival. He has shown his confidence across multiple genres, so 2049 really is a perfect fit for him.

Combing the talents of a Villeneuve with an A-list cast including Ryan Gosling, Jared Leto, Robin Wright, and original Blade Runner star Harrison Ford, it’s hard to see how this one could turn out anything but phenomenal. The film is looking better and better by the day, and it will surely be around come Oscar-season. So get excited.

There’s a lot to admire in the new footage. It features more gorgeous shots of the dark noir city, and a few intriguing hints at Gosling’s backstory and mission. It’s hard to say at this point how it will all fit together, but this new trailer should convince you of 2049‘s potential to become one of the best films of the year. Take a look at the new trailer for Blade Runner 2049 below the beautiful poster.

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Blade Runner 2049 hits U.S. theaters on October 6th, 2017.

Source: 20th Century Fox