Denis Villenueve is officially staking his claim on Hollywood with Blade Runner 2049 . Coming away from critic and audience successes like Sicario and Arrival , the director has swiftly established a visual signature of atmospheric beauty and desolation, now effortlessly translating that to the dystopian world of Blade Runner . The world that Ridley Scott built in the original film is still present, though, and has provided an ample basis for creative freedom on Villenueve’s end, allowing him to bring this world into the future and haunt it with its past, both atmospherically and narratively. Every shot is a visual work of art. That said, the film does not totally escape Hollywood’s stamp; it very clearly shies away from veering off the path of the familiar. The casting, acting, and narrative structure all follow predictable molds outside of the director’s personal creative landscape. This will in no way hurt the film’s chances of wowing audiences, but it does leave one feeling that it could have done so much more. 2049 picks up 30 years after the events of the original film. We open on LAPD Officer K ( Ryan Gosling ), a new Nexus model created after the […]