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Blade Runner: Black Out 2022 (2017)

In 2022, a powerful weapon causes a global blackout that has massive implications all over the world.


Shin'ichirô Watanabe (as Shinichiro Watanabe)


Shin'ichirô Watanabe (as Shinichiro Watanabe)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jovan Jackson Jovan Jackson ... Iggy (voice)
Luci Christian ... Trixie (voice)
Bryson Baugus Bryson Baugus ... Ren (voice) (as Bryson Bauguss)
Edward James Olmos ... Gaff (voice)
Adam Gibbs Adam Gibbs ... Additional Voices (voice)
Al-Francis Cuenca Al-Francis Cuenca ... Additional Voices (voice)
Andrea Rodriguez Andrea Rodriguez ... Additional Voices (voice)
Annie Mai Annie Mai ... Additional Voices (voice)
Chris Gibson Chris Gibson ... Additional Voices (voice)
Crista Castro Crista Castro ... Additional Voices (voice)
David Matranga ... Additional Voices (voice)
Jay Hickman ... Additional Voices (voice)
Joel McCrary ... Additional Voices (voice)
John Gremillion ... Additional Voices (voice)
Joseph Chou Joseph Chou ... Additional Voices (voice)


In 2022, a powerful weapon causes a global blackout that has massive implications all over the world.

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26 September 2017 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


There are three short films made to fill the gap between "Blade Runner" (1982) and "Blade Runner 2049" (2017). "Black Out 2022" (2017) is the first in the row, followed by "2036: Nexus Dawn" (2017) and "2048: Nowhere to Run" (2017). "Black Out 2022" is made by anime director Watanabe, who is famous for his work on "Animatrix" and "Cowboy Bebop". "2036: Nexus Dawn" and "2048: Nowhere to Run" are made by Luke Scott, who is known for his short films connected to "Alien: Covenant" and "Prometheus". See more »


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You'll black this short out long before 2022
9 March 2018 | by CantileverCaribouSee all my reviews

An anime prequel that is 1 of 3 prequels made for Blade Runner 2049. It details how the Black Out mentioned in BR 2049 occurred, gives a little context for the end of the Tyrell Corporation and events that occurred in BR 2049. The short is the equivalent of the replicant's life: shortlived, disposable, empty, subservient, and looking for meaning.

There's a prohibition on replicants and human death squads roam the cities, looking to slaughter them. Hardly anything really happens, but it's fairly stylish and an odd medley of CGI and handdrawn animation. Some alright fight sequences, and the female replicant moves similar to Pris in the original movie, with plenty of flips. There's also a brief scene featuring the detective who makes the origami art.

There are a few dialogue sequences and flashbacks, but they provide little interest and all the characters are wooden, and it's just a rehash of some of the existentialism of the replicants in the other movies.

The highlight would probably be the animation for the desert flashback sequence. Kind of rough and reminiscent of the Kill Bill animation, and the camera flows through the scene with the same erratic uncertainty as a wave rushing in and out. Some very interesting key animation here, and while there's some nice work featured in the fight sequences, they're fairly standard sequences you'd expect from an action anime.

It ends abruptly and everything that preceded the last scene feels pointless. Obviously you can't expect much character development or characterization in a 15-minute film, but it still leaves a lot to be desired.

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