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‘Blade Runner 2049’ First Reactions Praise Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Mind-Blowing’ and ‘Masterpiece’ Sequel

Sit down and remain calm: Critics can't stop raving about Denis Villeneuve's extraordinary sequel.

"Blade Runner 2049"

“Blade Runner 2049”

Warner Bros

The first reactions are pouring in from critics who have seen “Blade Runner 2049,” and to call them “great” would be a massive understatement. Words like “masterpiece” are being thrown around by more than one critic when talking about Denis Villeneuve’s highly anticipated sequel, which means you’ll probably want to order tickets right now to what is shaping up to be the most acclaimed blockbuster of the fall.

“Blade Runner 2049” is set thirty years after the events of Ridley Scott’s groundbreaking original. The plot concerns Ryan Gosling’s Officer K, a member of the Los Angeles Police Department who is tasked with finding the missing Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) in an attempt to save humanity from a replicant manufacturer named Niander Wallace, played by Jared Leto. The supporting cast includes Robin Wright, David Bautista, and Mackenzie Davis.

Villeneuve, who earned an Oscar nomination for “Arrival” earlier this year, has been one of the biggest rising directors in Hollywood over the last year. He earned three critical and commercial hits with “Prisoners,” “Sicario,” and “Arrival,” but “Blade Runner 2049” marks a whole new venture in his career. Fortunately, it seems like the director’s first franchise film is a huge success and should only give him more creative freedom with studios moving forward.

“Blade Runner” opens in theaters October 6. Check out a roundup of the insanely positive first reactions below.

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