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*** No spoilers *** Blade Runner 2049 opened yesterday (well here in Melbourne at least). Being a big fan of the original I was somewhat nervous about the sequel. Let's face it, sequels are more often than not a pale imitation of the original, and when the original is such an iconic movie, the risk is greater. Well thanks to Telstra cheap tickets, I went last night with the missus and I'm pleased to report that this sequel nails it. The balance between the old movie and the new is right, the cinematography is stunning and the sound is awesome. I enjoyed the story and thought the performances were strong and I'm especially glad they didn't lean too heavily on Harrison Ford. It's worthwhile seeing this on the biggest screen in your hemisphere, I saw it at Vmax which was great. For a taste you can view the trailers, official trailer 1, official trailer 2. Also, they released 3 shorts that cover some of what happened between the 1st Blade Runner and the second. Do you need to watch them before you see the movie? Not really, but they do add a little insight into some of the dialog in the movie and they don't in any way spoil the movie itself so I'd recommend viewing them before you see the movie. It's a little annoying that all 3 have the same intro and clips from the trailer, but you can skip past those. Short 1, Black Out 2022 (anime) Short 2, Nexus Dawn 2036 Short 3, Nowhere to Run 2048 Anyway, just go and see the movie :) Oh, and it is a long movie, something that took me by surprise. The running time is 163 minutes!