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Blade Runner 2049 opens islandwide this Thursday (October 5). But before you catch this highly anticipated sequel to Ridley Scott’s sci-fi epic, you should watch these three short films to help you ease into the neon-drenched world of gritty cops and replicants.

Denis Villeneuve, who directed Blade Runner 2049, commissioned two filmmakers to direct three Blade Runner 2049 short films about the events that take place between the first movie – set in 2019 – and the upcoming sequel set in 2049.

The result is three visually arresting and atmospheric clips that will help contextualise the action and whet your appetite for the sequel.

Black Out: 2022

This is a 15-minute animated short that follows two replicants and their allies who brought about the global blackout of 2022 which had massive, destructive implications all over the world.

It’s directed by Shinichiro Watanabe, the anime filmmaker behind hit series Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo. This is the most breathtaking clip of the three with its superb animation and emotionally evocative score.

Nexus Dawn: 2036

This is a six-minute live action short that peeks into a private meeting where replicant engineer Niander Wallace (Jared Leto) introduces the new line of replicants. It’s directed by Luke Scott, the burgeoning filmmaker behind last year’s sci-fi horror film, Morgan. This intense, shady encounter puts the noir in neo noir!

Nowhere to Run: 2048

This is a six-minute live action short that focuses on a replicant on the run, Sapper Morton (Dave Bautista). In this clip, we get a good feel of the streets of future Los Angeles imagined by Villeneuve. This is also directed by Luke Scott.

So are you ready for Blade Runner 2049? Because we are!

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