Cyberpunk books and movies to enjoy waiting for Cyberpunk 2077

Jul 30 2019 5 min read

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We are less than a year away from the release of Cyberpunk 2077 – there’s no doubt that the newest game by CDPR will be a huge event for both the gaming industry and the genre of cyberpunk. The latter has been experiencing somewhat of a rebirth for the past few years, and not only in terms of video games. While there’s almost a year until the promising project hits the market, there’s plenty of time to enjoy some other entertainment products created in the genre of cyberpunk. We’ve compiled a list of fascinating books and movies you might be interested in – and yes, there’s Keanu Reeves as well.

“Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?”

Philip K. Dick

Speaking of the cyberpunk genre in general, we have to start the compilation with a book, which is believed to be the very first one in this sci-fi setting – although it wasn’t called cyberpunk back then. Philip K. Dick created a convincing and easy-to-believe picture of a dark future where humanity started the industrial production of androids to replace humans in harsh conditions. The book established some general features of the cyberpunk genre and laid the foundations for eventual utilizing of the idea of transhumanism, although Philip Dick was looking for an answer whether an artificially created being deserves to be called a living one or not. Cyberpunk took a bit different direction and examined the humans’ desire to enhance themselves uncontrollably with various machinery built into bodies. Either way, the idea was to understand where humanity ends – and technology starts.

“Blade Runner”

Ridley Scott

You should definitely question your life values if you haven’t watched the original “Blade Runner” based on the aforementioned novel by Philip K. Dick. Honestly, we don’t know what you’ve been doing with your existence since it is clearly one of the best movies ever made. It’s not just great as a film close to the cyberpunk genre – it is a masterfully crafted sci-fi project in general. The visual aesthetics of futuristic neo-noir made this motion picture a natural masterpiece with all those neon lights and advertisements, graceful flying cars, monumental architecture, and never-ending glowing night. “Blade Runner” wasn’t precisely close to the original source, and its most notable feature – the very term Blade Runner – was created specifically for the movie.

“Blade Runner 2049”

Denis Villeneuve

In 2017, “Blade Runner 2049” was one of the major movie releases, and it’s highly unlikely that you’ve missed it in cinemas. But if you did – now is a great opportunity to feast your eyes on the official sequel to “Blade Runner.” One might argue that the original film didn’t need a sequel at all, but “Blade Runner 2049” isn’t just a senseless continuation – it is as visually stunning as its predecessor. The movie inherits a lot from the original one, although Denis Villeneuve created a lot more diverse picture with bright colours and daylight. This particular film feels a bit closer to the modern understanding of cyberpunk, and you might even find a few similarities to the Deus Ex series.

“Neuromancer”

William Gibson

As much as works by Philip K. Dick are considered as the major influence and inspiration for the cyberpunk genre, the books by William Gibson are widely believed to be the very first ones to finally create and shape the setting. His breakthrough novel “Neuromancer” is the purest cyberpunk as it is. In general, cyberpunk is built upon the conflict of low life and high tech – as well as the enormous gap between the poor and the rich. “Neuromancer” shows us the world where huge corporations have everything under their control – it’s digital anarchy where states and governments do not matter anymore. People live in huge urban agglomerations, their existence is dominated by digital technologies, and the humanity is enslaved by the desire to get new abilities thanks to various implants – or transfer their consciousness over to virtual reality. It was a disturbing, yet a very attractive and intriguing picture of possible future, and the more we live now the more potential we can see in such a scenario. In case you consider yourself a newborn fan of cyberpunk, this novel is a must-have for you.

“Johnny Mnemonic”

William Gibson

Gibson researched the cyberpunk genre not only in novels but within short stories as well. “Johnny Mnemonic” introduces an exciting idea of people serving as neural couriers for the high-valued information, which simply cannot be trusted to machines and networks to transfer. “Johnny Mnemonic,” being a pure cyberpunk story at its core, enriches and develops the genre further. Interestingly, it was this work by Gibson to be officially turned into a movie adaptation. And we’ve finally reached the very first appearance of Keanu Reeves in a cyberpunk project. The movie “Johnny Mnemonic” was directly based on the eponymous short story. The film had almost all of the important features of the original source including the virtual reality sequences and the frightening dolphin with neural implants.

“The Matrix”

The Wachowskis

Perhaps, Keanu Reeves looked so convincing in a cyberpunk movie that the Wachowski brothers (who are now sisters) decided to pick him as the main character for “The Matrix.” Although the movie itself doesn’t strictly belong to the genre, it has all the necessary elements and features. There’s a powerful AI, fully-fledged virtual reality, a dark atmosphere of dystopian future, sophisticated machines and prosthetics, etc. But overall, it is more of a post-apocalyptic approach towards cyberpunk where AI took over mankind. It’s another fantasy to explore the “What if” possibilities. And it’s a wonderful cinematic trilogy, which is responsible for future development and evolution of action movies.

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The aforementioned works are obviously not the only ones worthy of your attention. There’re plenty of wonderful books and movies, and in case you like to experience the diverse visual beauty of the cyberpunk genre, we can advise you to take a look at the following films:

  • The original “RoboCop
  • The Lawnmower Man
  • I, Robot
  • Tron” along with “Tron: Legacy
  • Elysium

In conclusion, you now have a lot to do for the next nine to ten months before Cyberpunk 2077 releases. So what are you waiting for?


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