Blade Runner 2049 first reviews hail it as 'phenomenal', 'a masterpiece'

  • 27/09/2017

Early buzz around Blade Runner 2049 is extremely positive, suggesting the long-awaited science-fiction sequel could well be 2017's best film.

The follow-up to Ridley Scott's 1982 classic is being heralded as "ground-breaking", "a masterpiece", "phenomenal" and "breath-taking" in the first wildly enthusiastic responses.

Although full reviews are still under embargo, social media reactions have been published by several major online film publications. calls Blade Runner 2049: "Astonishing. More than just a visual wonder, it's a ground-breaking science fiction masterpiece."

CinemaBlend proclaims it: "Phenomenal. Visually mind-blowing sci-fi with noir roots shining through in a tight, twisty mystery. Best [film] of 2017 so far."

Newshub's own Kate Rodger travelled to Berlin to interview the film's stars Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford and was shown half an hour of selected scenes from the film.

"It's visually ground-breaking, atmospheric and intoxicating, embodying the spirit and hue of the original film while at the same time breathing new life into its future," she says.

Blade Runner 2049 is directed by Denis Villeneuve with cinematography by Roger Deakins, with Ridley Scott serving as executive producer.

It opens in New Zealand cinemas next week - a round-up of the first tweets on the film are listed below.