GEOSTORM

Release date 20 October

Entertainment Stage

BLADE RUNNER 2049

Release date 06 October

STARRING: Gerard Butler, Talitha Eliana Bateman

DIRECTOR: Dean Devlin

CGI overload incoming. During a time when meteorological catastrophe’s are averted through a series of climate controlling satellites, Jake Lawson (Gerard Butler) hurries to uncover the truth behind the seemingly simultaneous malfunctions which has turned the world into a near universal natural disaster zone. Upon investigation, however, all may not be as it first seemed... Andy Garcia plays President Andrew Palma, the sole person able to enact the abort codes while Abbie Cornish and Ed Harris feature in this tried and tested apocalyptic formula co-written, co-produced and directed by Dean Devlin in his feature debut. With producing credits from Independence Day the fear of style over substance is real but, if it’s Friday night escapism you seek, look no further than this looming storm.

Words: Stephen Coombes

Upon its release in 1982, Blade Runner was not an immediate success. A troubled production shoot, followed by interference from the studio meant that Ridley Scott’s meditative, even melancholy sci-fi noir became a muddied mess with a tacked-on happy ending. It was only with the release of the director’s cut, that Scott’s true vision became apparent. The look of the film had already heavily influenced filmmakers of the 80s, but its quality as a film now shone through. From there, the film has become a legitimate classic, cementing itself in best of all time lists, and making back the money it lost in the cinemas as a home viewing staple. Though it has seen many imitators, even a short-lived TV-spin off, the demand for more Blade Runner has always been present, and despite Harrison Ford’s apparent distaste for the original, Ridley Scott, acting as producer, pushed ahead with plans anyway, with its star eventually coming on board. Set 30 years after the events of the original, the story focuses on an LAPD detective, (Ryan Gosling) who unearths a long buried secret, which has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. His investigation leads him to Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), who’s been in hiding since the events of the first film. Although Ridley Scott is not directing, the aesthetic remains true, while Gosling and Ford have a genuine pedigree of playing characters who are lost, desperate for the truth. Meeting the lofty expectations of the first movie is practically impossible, but we will find out if Blade Runner 2049 can be a worthy successor upon its release on the 6th October.

Words: Lee Callaway

STARRING: Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford

DIRECTOR: Denis Villeneuve

THE SNOWMAN

Release date 13 October

Based on the best selling novel of the same name by Norwegian Jo Nesbø, director Tomas Alfredson, who occupied the chair for the hugely atmospheric and similarly orientated Let the Right One In, positions Michael Fassbender and Rebecca Ferguson in this intriguing horror outing. Investigating the disappearance of a woman detective Harry Hole (Fassbender) must delve into cases past in the hope of uncovering the truth behind a series of snowy sacrifices. Promising.

Words: Stephen Coombes

STARRING: Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson

DIRECTOR: Tomas Alfredson

 

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