"The room is lit by pale, shifting, blue light. It washes over you, as grand vistas of steel and glass pan across the screen. Our hero steps out of an abandoned warehouse, and lights a cigarette. Spires dotted in light rise up behind the warehouse. He walks away casually as the building explodes in ball of fire, littering the street with fragments of glass and metal."

In this section, you will find cyberpunk movie, television, and anime reviews and analysis.

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Last Week in Cyberpunk is back. We want to apologize for the absence of this popular column on Neon Dystopia, but you can expect us back on our regular interval. As the year has turned, we still find the Internet under siege by corporations looking to turn a profit and governments looking to secure control. […]

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Before I start this review, I want to preface this by saying that I know Bright doesn’t appear to be overtly cyberpunk. There is no matrix, there are no rigs, there are no A.I.—essentially, the “cyber” is missing from the film. But I argue that, like cyberpunk fiction, Bright is rooted in the New Wave […]

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Wow…I did not expect this in the slightest. Originally titled as Cyber God, and then Stephen King’s: The Lawnmower Man (even though it virtually bore no resemblance to his short story) and finally The Lawnmower Man after King’s lawsuit, the plot is as follows: ‘The eccentric Dr. Lawrence Angelo (Pierce Brosnan) puts mentally disabled landscaper […]

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Do you like science fiction? Do you like westerns? Do you, my dear reader, also like romance? What about a chimeric fusion of all three, stitched together corpse to corpse? If so, then I have a special treat for you! Directed by Steve De Jarnatt, Cherry 2000 is an unusual gem filmed towards the latter […]

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Hello again my futuristic friends. This time I’ll by discussing my views on the 1983 film Videodrome, written and directed by the master of body horror himself, David Cronenberg. Synopsis: When Max (James Woods) begins to seek out a new television show (Videodrome) for his TV network, he bites off quite a bit more than […]

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Richard K. Morgan’s 2002 novel Altered Carbon was the defining cyberpunk novel of the 2000s. Now it appears that 2018’s defining cyberpunk television series is going to be based on the important novel. We’ve been excited about the prospects of this series since it was announced for a number of reasons, the source material is […]

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Ah, it’s finally here, isn’t it? I finally get to review Johnny Mnemonic! Directed by Robert Longo and adapted by our beloved William Gibson (based upon his short story), Johnny Mnemonic’s plot is as follows: ‘Johnny (Keanu Reeves) is a data courier who has a secret stash of information implanted into his mind. However, the […]

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Hello there my fellow fans of the futuristic frenzy that is cyberpunk. I recently had the opportunity to check out Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira, from 1988. I really enjoyed this film as I’m sure most other fans of the cyberpunk genre feel the same, and here is why. Here’s a brief breakdown of the plot borrowed […]

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Watch any film in Ridley Scott’s Alien or Blade Runner franchises, and you’re bound to notice some common themes. Not least amongst these is man’s search for meaning. Biblical aspects span all of the films, with men like Tyrell, Weyland and finally Wallace making gods of themselves. And in the lands of gods exists monsters, […]

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