Blade Runner 2049 15

Blade Runner 2049

Director Denis Villeneuve delivers big with this stylish, hallucinatory and utterly breath-taking sci-fi spectacle of gigantic proportions - and hugely anticipated follow up to the 1982 cult classic, which critics are already saying might actually be better than the original.

Picking up three decades after the original Blade Runner left off, LAPD officer K (Ryan Gosling), a limited-lifespan replicant, has been tasked with tracking down and destroying first-generation models who can live as long as humans, and who are still illegally hiding out. But when he unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos, his discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former Blade Runner who’s been missing for 30 years.

A film of extraordinary scale – the production design, cinematography and score are all utterly remarkable - this already feels ready to take its place amongst the great science-fiction films of all time. Appealing to our intellect as well as our sense of adventure, and coming in the month in which we'll be exploring the huge challenges and possibilities that we face as a species at the Festival of the Future City (Wed 18 - Fri 20 Oct), Villeneuve’s stunning film arrives as a stark warning in its depiction of a future in which humans have gone astray, whilst the androids know precisely what it is that they want - to be human.