This shot-for-shot Blade Runner 2049 trailer analysis is sci-fi deja vu

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May 12, 2017

Behold the noirish beauty and elegant synchronicity of this shot-for-shot showdown pairing the new Blade Runner 2049 trailer with shots yanked from the original Blade Runner of 1982.

To keep the visual tone and dystopian style consistent with Ridley Scott's adaptation of Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, director Denis Villeneuve (Arrival) and his cinematographer, Roger Deakins (Fargo, The Shawshank Redemption), have created a splendid reproduction to mesh with Jordan Cronenweth's rain-soaked West Coast multiplex of the mid-21st century, first explored 35 years ago.

Cue the moody Vangelis synthesizer theme, relax in the sterile interiors of the Tyrell Corporation, bathe in the neon-drenched afterglow of conceptual artist Syd Mead's bleak future and return to the old magic, then tell us how well the new Blade Runner 2049 trailer mirrors and respects Scott's brilliant Blade Runner.

Thanks to IMDB Originals for this illuminating exercise in sci-fi cinema!