An Introduction To Cyberpunk
Your guide to an obsession-worthy sci-fi sub-genre.
Cyborgs, surveillance, and hacking the planet? Sounds like you’re in a cyberpunk movie! Whether you’re there more for the “cyber” or the “punk,” these gritty visions of a techno-dystopian future all share certain themes in common: rebellious protagonists, blurry lines between virtual and real worlds, and oppressive, often chaotic environs (think film noir, but with flying cars). Since 1980, the term “cyberpunk” has been used to describe these gritty, technologically-focused underdog stories. Whether live-action or animated, these films are a chilling (and thrilling) embodiment of author William Gibson’s assertion that “the future is already here —it’s just not very evenly distributed.” In this video, we take a look at some of the most beloved cyberpunk movies of the last decades. Which one is your favorite?