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Blade Runner 2049: Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford star in new trailer

Denis Villeneuve's noir sequel is visually stunning but mysterious – and that's wonderful, say the critics

Blade Runner 2049's new trailer has managed to give fans their first extended look at the sci-fi thriller without revealing too much.

Denis Villeneuve's new film, the long-awaited sequel to Ridley Scott's 1982 neo-noir classic, stars Ryan Gosling as Officer K, a Los Angeles police officer who discovers a long buried secret that could plunge his world into chaos.

Harrison Ford reprises his original Blade Runner role as replicant hunter Rick Deckard, who reappears after vanishing 30 years earlier.

The trailer reveals a lavishly shot dystopian Los Angeles set in 2049, with Officer K on a mission to discover the truth - which leads him to Jared Leto's creepy replicant manufacturer Wallace and the slimy birth of an android.

Robin Wright also appears as Officer K's boss, telling him: "There is an order to things. That's what we do here: we keep order. The world is built on a wall that separates kind. Tell either side there's no wall, you bought a war."

The trailer ends with a voice saying: "Your story isn't over yet. There's still a page left."

Daniel Kreps in Rolling Stone says it places the viewer back in "that futuristic, cluttered Los Angeles sumptuously captured by master cinematographer Roger Deakins".

The highlight comes when K encounters Deckard and says he wants to ask him some questions, "a nod to the infamous Voight-Kampff test used by blade runners [in the first film] to distinguish man from machine".

Michael Gold in the New York Times calls the trailer "gorgeous" and "visually splendid - even when it's not entirely clear what's going on".

He praises the "beautifully choreographed sequence of shots", but says that in end, we're like Gosling, "staring at the screen, unsure what we've just seen.

"But hey," he adds, "it sure looked cool".

However, Brian Rafferty in Wired doesn't need to know any more, saying the trailer is "all I need to see".

Others will joylessly over-scrutinise the video for plot points over the coming months, but Rafferty says he would rather be "locked away" so that he can't find out what's going to happen.

Blade Runner is set to premiere in the UK on 6 October.


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