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Movie review: 'Blade Runner 2049' delivers a visually dazzling follow-up 35 years after the original

Few films, if any, have had a trajectory quite like Ridley Scott's 1982 "Blade Runner."

Dismissed by critics, abandoned by audiences, mocked for a last-minute voice-over its credited screenwriters abhorred, its nervy mixture of science fiction and film noir was pronounced dead on arrival.

Except it wasn't.

Powered by its visually intoxicating look at a dystopian future that seemed all too plausible, "Blade Runner" rose from the grave to become a tastemaker's choice. So much so that it inspired a $150-million sequel, "Blade Runner 2049," made by top creative people like director Denis Villeneuve and star Ryan Gosling who consider the original one of their hardcore

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