Amazon Prime Video: 10 Unmissable Cyberpunk Movies

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Do you live too good a life and dream of knowing what could be worse for humanity? The Cyberpunk genre is here to serve you! The JV editorial team brings you a nice selection of 10 cyberpunk movies to devour now on Amazon Prime Video.

Summary

  • Akira
  • Bounty hunter
  • blade runner 2049
  • former machine
  • ghost in the shell
  • minority report
  • Robocop (1987)
  • terminator
  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day
  • Time is over

Akira

We are in August 19, 1988. The mangaka and screenwriter Katsuhiro Ôtomo gives birth to a capital work of the Cyberpunk genre. Akira is an animated film adapted from the manga of the same name. In 1988, an explosion of unknown origin destroyed Tokyo, thus triggering World War III. The events of Akira take place 31 years later, in 2019. Tokyo rises from its ashes and becomes Neo-Tokyo, a sprawling megalopolis where the next Olympic Games will take place. Unfortunately, corporations own most of the wealth in this city and force the population into mass unemployment and crime. It is in this context that rebellious young bikers Kaneda and Tetsuo nearly run over a young boy. Tetsuo is seriously injured and is immediately transported to the emergency room. It is then that his friend Kaneda learns that his longtime comrade is, in fact, a prisoner in a secret laboratory conducting experiments. Our young hero then has only one goal: to save his friend.

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Bounty hunter

Bounty hunter is a science fiction film released in 1982. Ridley Scott (Alien, Gladiator, Alone on Mars) is in charge of the project. We are at the end of the 20th century. The population flees the Earth that has become a scene of extreme violence and unhealthiness. Human technology evolved rapidly and made it possible to develop beings almost identical to humans, the replicants, who now serve as their slaves. As this space race heats up, a group of replicants steal a spaceship and flee to Earth. That’s when a taciturn Blade Runner steps in, a special agent tasked with eliminating disobedient replicants.

Amazon Prime Video: 10 Unmissable Cyberpunk Movies

blade runner 2049

Ryan Gosling is a Blade Runner in blade runner 2049. The film is directed by Denis Villeneuve, most recently supervising Dune (2021), and released in 2017 in our darkrooms. Blade Runner 2049 takes us through the daily life of K, an elite agent who must watch over bioengineered slaves and eliminate them in case of disobedience. It is during a mission that our agent discovers a secret that the elite has always wanted to hide. He is then himself chased by the other Blade Runners. His only hope: find Rickard Decker, a former agent, missing for several decades.


former machine

And man created the machine! former machine is a film directed by Alex Garland (Annihilation) released on June 3, 2015. Caleb is a young genius computer programmer who works at BlueBook, one of the largest companies in the world. To reward his quality work, his boss invites him to stay with him at his villa in the mountains. Arriving at the isolated house, Caleb discovers that he will be the subject of an experiment: living with an artificial intelligence taking on the appearance of a charming woman. This situation will push him to question human nature and its limits.


ghost in the shell

Can we talk about cyberpunk without deviating ghost in the shell ? The film released in 1995 and directed by Mamoru Oshii (Sky Crawlers the army of the sky) is obviously the adaptation of the homonymous manga by Shirow Masamune. In 2029, the world has changed and so has technology. Major Motoko Kusunagi, a cyborg, and her partner Batou, belong to the anti-terrorist section of New Port, Japan. During an investigation, the two agents come face to face with a highly talented hacker known by the pseudonym “Puppet Master”. As the investigation progresses, another section of the Japanese police puts obstacles in Makoto and Batou’s way. Indeed, this other section reserves a very particular destiny for the “Puppeteer”.


minority report

minority report is a film adaptation of the homonymous novel by Philip K. Dick. This project is signed by Steven Spielberg, the cult director behind works like Schindler’s List or ET The Extraterrestrial. Minority Report transports us to Washington, in 2054. American society has made enormous technological progress and today is able to predict the slightest attempt, or even the will to rape. John Anderton is the head of this section, residing in the Ministry of Justice itself. One day, his colleagues detect that Anderton is about to commit a murder in the next 36 hours. The platoon leader is forced to flee, having become the target of his own squad. He fled, investigates and tries to avoid committing the irreparable.

Amazon Prime Video: 10 Unmissable Cyberpunk Movies

Robocop (1987)

We are in 1987. The director Paul Verhoeven is about to create a work that has marked the collective imagination. His name: robocop. The production plunges us into the United States, in 2043, in the heart of a city of Detroit controlled by the OCP: the Omni Cartel of Products. This conglomerate is engaged in the creation and sale of new military-industrial technologies. This is how he produces the ultimate android, capable of saving the widow and the orphan, and stopping the thugs: Robocop. But the OCP has an even more ambitious goal, to replace Detroit with “Delta City”… a perfect city, designed to serve the world’s greatest wealth. A dystopian dream that puts the current population on the bench.

Amazon Prime Video: 10 Unmissable Cyberpunk Movies

terminator

We continue with another movie legend. In this film directed by James Cameron (Avatar, Titanic) and released in 1984, Arnold Schwarzenegger becomes the terminator. In the year 2029, humanity faces an insurrection of the machines. The company Skynet, led by an artificial intelligence, decided to send a Terminator in the past, a robot with a human appearance, to kill the leader of the human resistance before he was born. That is when we find ourselves in 1984 in front of a T-800 whose objective is to eliminate Sarah Connor, the future mother of John Connor. At the same time, John himself sends his brother-in-arms Kyle Reese back in time to protect the impending murder of his mother.


Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Still directed by James Cameron, Terminator 2: Judgment Day It first hit theaters in 1991. After missing out on the Sarah Connor murder, Skynet plans to send another killer robot down memory lane. The T-1000, an improved and more efficient version of the Terminator. This time, the artificial intelligence tries to assassinate John Connor in 1995 when the latter is still a teenager. To counter the machines’ plans, Future John sends a T-800 Terminator to protect his doppelganger from the past. The future of humanity then takes on the air of a race against time.

Amazon Prime Video: 10 Unmissable Cyberpunk Movies

Time is over

What if time became a scarce resource? This is the starting postulate of Time is over, a film directed by Andrew Niccol, a regular in the genre who has already given us the much-appreciated Welcome to Gattaca. It is in 2169 that we follow the life of Will Salas (Justin Timberlake). In this dystopian future, the population is genetically modified and cannot age beyond 25 years. From this point on in life, you literally have to “save time”. The time of life has become a currency that pleases the richest aristocrats in the world. After saving the life of a rich person, Will is rewarded with an extra hundred years of life. Our protagonist then tries some bets at the casino and wins nearly a millennium by beating the wealthy Philippe Weis at poker. But the latter does not hear it that way and decides to take legal action against Will, who is fleeing to save his life, with Philippe Weis’s daughter as a hostage.


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