Blade Runner 2049 3D (15)



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SciFi (2017)
163mins UK/US/Can

Starring: Ana de Armas, Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Dave Bautista, Jared Leto
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Writer(s): Michael Green, Hampton Fancher
Listings: London | Rest of UK and Ireland

Thirty years have passed since Rick Deckard hunted replicant Roy Batty and his kin. LAPD officer KD6-3.7 is one of the new breed of blade runners, who "retire" genetically engineered replicants that live among the human population. In the course of his unforgiving work, K uncovers a dark secret that could signal the end of mankind. His quest for answers leads to a grizzled Deckard, who is reluctant to venture back into an automated world that almost destroyed him. Two generations unite.

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Blade Runner 2049 (15)

The imperfect, rain-lashed future of the original Blade Runner is almost upon us. Released in 1982, Ridley Scott's ground-breaking fantasy conjured a breathtaking vision of a dystopian Los Angeles in 2019, festooned with alluring holograms that flicker to the mournful strains of Vangelis' electronic score. The eagerly awaited sequel, directed by Denis Villeneuve, who was Oscar-nominated for the elliptical sci-fi thriller Arrival, honours the past and respectfully expands the nihilistic universe imagined by Philip K Dick in his novel, Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?...

Blade Runner 2049. Copyright: 2016 Alcon Entertainment, LLC. Caption: Ryan Gosling as K and Harrison Ford as Rick Deckard in Blade Runner 2049, directed by Denis Villeneuve. Photo: Frank Ockenfels. All Rights Reserved.In Blade Runner 2049, androids dream of wooden horses and possessing the one thing that cannot be coded into their meticulously crafted bodies: a soul. "You've been getting along fine without one," rebukes one human to her melancholic replicant underling. Motifs from the earlier mission reverberate tantalisingly throughout this pristine follow-up, deftly stitching together two timelines without completely excluding audiences who are blissfully ignorant of the original picture. Familiarity undoubtedly enriches the experience but also sows seeds of nostalgia-tinged disappointment. For all its bravura production design and flawless special effects, Blade Runner 2049 doesn't smack gobs with its invention aside from a sensual three-way sex scene that gently tickles our g-spot. Like the automata that enrich human lives, Villeneuve's film is one small yet significant iteration shy of perfection.

The laconic hero is officer KD6-3.7 (Ryan Gosling), one of a new breed of grizzled blade runners, who "retire" genetically engineered replicants that live among the weary population. He returns home each night to a cold, functional apartment, where a holographic companion called Joi (Ana de Armas) creates the illusion of companionship. Working under Lieutenant Joshi (Robin Wright) at the Los Angeles Police Department, K hunts outdated Nexus-8 models, which haven't been coded to cherish humankind like the new replicants fashioned by Niander Wallace (Jared Leto). His "angels" are closely monitored by his most perfect creation, Luv (Sylvia Hoeks), who jealousy guards her elevated position at her creator's side. In the course of his unforgiving work, K uncovers a shocking secret. "This breaks the world," whispers a terrified Joshi. The subsequent quest for painful answers leads K to Deckard (Harrison Ford), who is reluctant to venture back into the automated world that almost destroyed him. Two generations, scarred by loss, unite in the spirit of self-sacrifice.

Blade Runner 2049 is a beautifully crafted thriller that sustains a pedestrian pace, allowing us to second-guess K and even beat him to a couple of narrative punches. Gosling's restrained performance contrasts with de Armas' luminous embodiment of a digitised love interest, who yearns to connect on the most primal level. Ford eases back gruffly into a familiar role, noticeably with less spring in his step, while composers Benjamin Wallfisch and Hans Zimmer crank up the volume on their bombastic score. Villeneuve's muscular, brooding film does not fade quietly.

- Jo Planter

Blade Runner 2049. Copyright: 2016 Alcon Entertainment, LLC. Caption: Ryan Gosling as K and Harrison Ford as Rick Deckard in Blade Runner 2049, directed by Denis Villeneuve. Photo: Frank Ockenfels. All Rights Reserved.


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Listed in alphabetical order by city/place name followed by cinema name.

From Friday 13th October
To Thursday 19th October

- Aberdeen, Vue Aberdeen
- Aldershot, Cineworld Aldershot
- Ashford, Cineworld Ashford
- Ashton-under-Lyne, Cineworld Ashton-under-Lyne
- Barnstaple, Central Cinema
- Barrow-in-Furness, Vue Barrow (Apollo)
- Basildon, Cineworld Basildon
- Batley, Showcase Leeds
- Bicester, Vue Bicester
- Birkenhead, Vue Birkenhead
- Birmingham, Cineworld Birmingham
- Birmingham, Odeon Birmingham Broadway Plaza
- Birmingham, Vue Birmingham
- Bishop's Stortford, Empire Bishop's Stortford
- Blackburn, Vue Blackburn
- Boldon Colliery, Cineworld Boldon Tyne And Wear
- Bolton, Cineworld Bolton
- Bolton, Vue Bolton
- Bracknell, Cineworld Bracknell
- Bradford, Cineworld Bradford
- Braintree, Cineworld Braintree
- Bridgwater, Scott Cinemas
- Bristol, Cineworld Bristol
- Bristol, Showcase Bristol Avon Meads
- Bristol, Showcase Bristol Cinema De Lux
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Bury, Vue Bury The Rock
- Camberley, Vue Camberley
- Cardiff, Cineworld Cardiff
- Cardiff, Odeon Cardiff
- Cardiff, Premiere Cinema
- Cardiff, Showcase Cardiff Nantgarw
- Carlisle, Vue Carlisle
- Carmarthen, Vue Carmarthen (Apollo)
- Castleford, Cineworld Castleford
- Cheltenham, Cineworld Cheltenham
- Cheltenham, Cineworld Cheltenham The Screening Rooms
- Chester, Cineworld Broughton
- Chesterfield, Cineworld Chesterfield
- Chichester, Cineworld Chichester
- Clydebank, Empire Clydebank
- Coventry, Showcase Coventry
- Cramlington, Vue Cramlington
- Crawley, Cineworld Crawley
- Cwmbran, Vue Cwmbran
- Darlington, Vue Darlington
- Derby, Odeon Derby
- Derby, Showcase Derby Cinema De Lux
- Derby, Showcase Derby Foresters Park
- Doncaster, Vue Doncaster
- Dublin, Cineworld Dublin
- Dublin, Vue Dublin
- Dudley, Showcase Dudley
- Dundee, Cineworld Dundee
- East Didsbury, Cineworld Didsbury
- East Grinstead, Scott Cinemas
- Eastleigh, Vue Eastleigh
- Edinburgh, Cineworld Edinburgh
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Exeter, Vue Exeter
- Exmouth, Savoy
- Falkirk, Cineworld Falkirk
- Farnborough, Vue Farnborough
- Gateshead, Odeon Metrocentre
- Gateshead, Vue Gateshead
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Renfrew Street
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Silverburn
- Glasgow, Showcase Glasgow
- Grays, Vue Thurrock
- Greenhithe, Showcase Bluewater
- Halifax, Vue Halifax
- Hamilton, Vue Hamilton
- Hartlepool, Vue Hartlepool
- Hemel Hempstead, Cineworld Hemel Hempstead
- High Wycombe, Cineworld High Wycombe
- High Wycombe, Empire High Wycombe
- Hull, Vue Hull Princes Quay
- Huntingdon, Cineworld Huntingdon
- Inverness, Vue Inverness
- Ipswich, Cineworld Ipswich
- Ipswich, Empire Ipswich
- Jersey, Cineworld Jersey
- Kettering, Odeon Kettering
- Leeds, Vue Leeds Kirkstall Road
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Leicester, Showcase Leicester Cinema De Lux
- Leicester, Vue Leicester
- Liverpool, Odeon Liverpool ONE
- Liverpool, Showcase Liverpool
- Livingston, Vue Livingston
- Luton, Cineworld Luton
- Manchester, Odeon Manchester Great Northern
- Manchester, Odeon Trafford Centre
- Manchester, Showcase Manchester
- Manchester, Vue Manchester Printworks
- Merthyr Tydfil, Vue Merthyr Tydfil
- Middlesbrough, Cineworld Middlesbrough
- Milton Keynes, Cineworld Milton Keynes
- Newbury, Vue Newbury
- Newcastle-under-Lyme, Vue Newcastle-under-Lyme
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Cineworld Newcastle Upon Tyne
- Newport, Cineworld Isle Of Wight
- Newport, Cineworld Newport Spytty Road
- Northampton, Cineworld Northampton
- Northampton, Vue Northampton
- Norwich, Odeon Norwich
- Norwich, Vue Norwich
- Nottingham, Cineworld Nottingham
- Nottingham, Showcase Nottingham Cinema De Lux
- Oxford, Vue Oxford
- Paignton, Vue Torbay (Apollo)
- Paisley, Showcase Paisley
- Peterborough, Showcase Peterborough
- Plymouth, Vue Plymouth
- Poole, Cineworld Poole
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Preston, Odeon Preston
- Preston, Vue Preston
- Reading, Showcase Reading Cinema De Lux
- Reading, Vue Reading
- Rhyl, Vue Rhyl (Apollo)
- Rugby, Cineworld Rugby
- Ruislip, Cineworld South Ruislip
- Salford, Vue Manchester Lowry
- Scunthorpe, Vue Scunthorpe
- Sheffield, Cineworld Sheffield
- Sheffield, Vue Sheffield
- Slough, Empire Slough
- Solihull, Cineworld Solihull
- Southampton, Showcase Southampton Cinema De Lux
- Stafford, Stafford Cinema
- Stevenage, Cineworld Stevenage
- St Helens, Cineworld St Helens
- Stirling, Vue Stirling
- Stockton-on-Tees, Showcase Teesside
- Sunderland, Empire Sunderland
- Swansea, Odeon Swansea
- Telford, Cineworld Telford
- Telford, Odeon Telford
- Thornton-Cleveleys, Vue Cleveleys
- Thurso, Thurso Cinema
- Truro, Plaza Cinema
- Walsall, Showcase Walsall
- Walthamstow, Empire Walthamstow
- Watford, Vue Watford
- Wembley, Cineworld Wembley
- Wigan, Empire Wigan
- Worcester, Vue Worcester
- Yeovil, Cineworld Yeovil
- York, Vue York
From Friday 20th October
To Thursday 26th October

- Aberystwyth, Commodore
- Batley, Showcase Leeds
- Bolton, Cineworld Bolton
- Bristol, Showcase Bristol Avon Meads
- Bristol, Showcase Bristol Cinema De Lux
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Bury, Vue Bury The Rock
- Camberley, Vue Camberley
- Cambridge, Vue Cambridge
- Cardiff, Cineworld Cardiff
- Cardiff, Showcase Cardiff Nantgarw
- Coventry, Showcase Coventry
- Cramlington, Vue Cramlington
- Cwmbran, Vue Cwmbran
- Derby, Showcase Derby Cinema De Lux
- Doncaster, Vue Doncaster
- Dublin, Vue Dublin
- Dudley, Showcase Dudley
- East Didsbury, Cineworld Didsbury
- Eastleigh, Vue Eastleigh
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
- Exeter, Vue Exeter
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Silverburn
- Glasgow, Showcase Glasgow
- Glasgow, Vue Glasgow Fort
- Greenhithe, Showcase Bluewater
- Halifax, Vue Halifax
- Hamilton, Vue Hamilton
- Hull, Vue Hull Princes Quay
- Inverness, Vue Inverness
- Ipswich, Empire Ipswich
- Leeds, Vue Leeds Kirkstall Road
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Leicester, Showcase Leicester Cinema De Lux
- Leicester, Vue Leicester
- Liverpool, Showcase Liverpool
- Livingston, Vue Livingston
- Manchester, Showcase Manchester
- Manchester, Vue Manchester Printworks
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyneside Cinema
- Newport, Cineworld Newport Spytty Road
- Northampton, Vue Northampton
- Norwich, Vue Norwich
- Nottingham, Showcase Nottingham Cinema De Lux
- Oxford, Vue Oxford
- Paignton, Vue Torbay (Apollo)
- Paisley, Showcase Paisley
- Peterborough, Showcase Peterborough
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Reading, Showcase Reading Cinema De Lux
- Rhyl, Vue Rhyl (Apollo)
- Scunthorpe, Vue Scunthorpe
- Sheffield, Cineworld Sheffield
- Southampton, Showcase Southampton Cinema De Lux
- Southport, Vue Southport
- Stevenage, Cineworld Stevenage
- Stirling, Vue Stirling
- Stockton-on-Tees, Showcase Teesside
- Thanet, Vue Westwood Cross
- Walsall, Showcase Walsall
- Walthamstow, Empire Walthamstow
- Watford, Vue Watford
- York, Vue York


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