The lead-up to CD Projekt Red’s neon-lit opus, “Cyberpunk 2077,” started with a trailer released nearly eight years ago. Now, upon its long-gestating release, the hype has reached an all-time high. The video game – based on a tabletop role-playing game – promises the quintessential hallmarks of every cyberpunk story, namely: police militarization, mysterious megacorporations, anti-capitalist movements, body augmentation, ubiquitous advertising, urban grunge, overcrowded cities, lawlessness, netrunning and more neon lights than you can fit on a floating airship billboard.
The cyberpunk genre can be traced back to the science-fiction work of authors like Philip K. Dick and William Gibson, though perhaps the most well-known example of the genre comes from director Ridley Scott’s “Blade Runner,” itself an adaptation of Dick’s “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” For many, the film established the language of cyberpunk. Told through the lens of a noir detective story, “Blade Runner” follows Rick Deckard as played by Harrison Ford, an LAPD officer tasked with “retiring” six mechanical humanoids dubbed “replicants.” The film has inspired decades of conversations on existentialism, morality and more. With “Cyberpunk 2077’s” focus on human augmentation and ultra-violence, expect many of those same conversations to kick back into high gear as people navigate the reportedly lengthy playthroughs.
In honor of “Cyberpunk’s” long-awaited release, here are 14 movies (and two TV shows) to watch if you can’t get enough of the genre.