Created by visionary Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve and Scottish Johnnie Walker Master Blender Jim Beveridge, the limited edition whisky will also feature in the new film. Viewers may be a bit surprised to discover that, instead, they're getting something this odd and daring.
Ridley Scott's 1982 sci-fi neo-noir original extracted the frightful premise of Philip K. Dick's novel "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" - the horror of not knowing if you're real or not - and overlaid it across an eerie and mesmerizing sci-fi void.
A replicant is a cyborg - It is half human, half robot and is much stronger than humans.
And honestly, that's probably about as specific as I should get. We're convinced K is more, especially after, while on a mission, he stumbles on to the remains of a replicant woman who apparently died in child birth.
Blade Runner 2049, with a hefty running time of 163 minutes, now sports an enviable 94 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. But the look on his face in his last scene, well, that's the good stuff, folks. So you'd think that would be the case, on and off the set, going into promotion for Blade Runner 2049. They are beautifully captured with legendary lensman Roger Deakins' camera, and his work here is sure to land him an Oscar come early next year. "But let's say that for me to do a Bond movie would be a deep, deep pleasure".
But there's frankly not much of that. Gosling's best roles rely on either his bottomless, low-key charm or his alarming, eerie capacity for blankness. It occasionally stumbles; it's so solemn that it ends up twisting around and risking silliness, and yes, at 163 minutes, it could probably be shorter. Chasing K through this ever-changing dreamscape is the ironically named Luv (an excellent Sylvia Hoeks), who seems genetically programmed for both physical violence and verbal abuse.
It's sort of thrilling, frankly, that what could've been an exercise in IP maintenance takes this many chances.
Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what's left of society into chaos. "The first question we asked ourselves was, 'How can we reinvent and make it fresh and new, but still be in that world?' The mission from the beginning was this idea of finding the heart of the film - what is its soul?"