"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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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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Blade Runner is a special movie for all of us cyberpunks. It was the film that popularised the dank and dark cities of a future that fetishised technology. It was the film that made us question our humanity. And it was the film that has inspired countless writers and critics over thirty years(and still is). […]

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In the final push towards season 3 of Mr. Robot, the New York times published “Rami Malek of Mr. Robot Doesn’t Want to be Alone Anymore.” There’s not much in the way of spoilers, but one thing Malek points out is a change for Elliot’s character, that the most isolated man in New York now […]

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Born from the efforts and dedication of longtime Neon Dystopia fan, Tim McClelland, Neon Dystopia is proud to announce our first event! The Neon Dystopia Micro Festival is scheduled for Saturday, November 4th at 10:30 PM to 11:55 PM MDT at the Guild Cinema in Albuquerque, New Mexico. If you are in the area, we […]

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Blade Runner 2049 is breathtaking. It has already been said, but there’s no harm in reiterating: it is an amazing film in so many ways. It works very well alone, and even better when side by side with the other occupants of the Blade Runner cinematic universe. Maybe it’s just a thing a fan would say, […]

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Introduction Science fiction is plagued by the slow march of time. What might have looked sleek and futuristic ten or more years ago might today look fantastic-but-unrealistic at best, or silly and outdated at worst. But whatever the case may be, the bottom line is this: no speculative sci-fi, not even cyberpunk, survives contact with the […]

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