With the announcement of the new Matrix film, we wanted to take a look at 5 great Cyberpunk films that you could watch to help you get into the mood for Reality’s Edge, the new Cyberpunk skirmish wargame from Joseph McGuire!
The Matrix (1999)
This one was obviously going to be on the list, so we figured we'd start with it! The Matrix is the first film in the hugely successful trilogy (soon to be quadriology), following the story of Neo, Trinity, Morpheus, and the rest of the rebellion fighting against 'the machines'. If you've somehow managed to avoid watching these fantastic films, now is the time!
Blade Runner (1982)
Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, and Sean Young star in this cult-classic film, fighting through a dystopian vision of the Los Angeles of the future (well, 2019...). It is a world where synthetic humans known as 'replicants' are manufactured to undertake gruelling work on off-world colonies, but when a fugitive group led by Hauer return to Earth, it is up to Harrison Ford to track them down and destroy them.
Johnny Mnemonic (1995)
Based on the William Gibson story of the same name, Johnny Mnemomic sees Keanu Reeves starring in yet another Cyberpunk film. This time he plays a 'mnemomic courier', using a cybernetic brain implant to carry data too sensitive to be transferred via the internet. Uploading huge amounts of data is not without it's risks, however, and some people are willing to go to extreme measures to gain the valuable information he holds.
Ghost in the Shell (2017)
Certainly not the best film on the list, but boasting some impressive visuals, Ghost in the Shell sees Scarlett Johansen take on the role of Mira Killian, the survivor of a terrorist attack whose body is augmented with cybernetic improvements to turn her into a cyborg supersoldier. Her new abilities make her the ideal counter-terrorism operative, but who are her real enemies?
Total Recall (1990)
Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sharon Stone, Total Recall tells of a distant future in which memories can be implanted into your head by Rekall to offer you the thrills you seek. However, when Arnie pays them a visit something goes wrong, and a past life that had been erased starts to resurface. He's left to put the pieces together, but not everyone wants him to remember what happened.
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