Thursday, May 20, 2021

Thursday Movie Picks: Cyberpunk


For the 20th week of 2021 as part of Wandering Through the Shelves' Thursday Movie Picks. We venture into the subject of cyberpunk as it is a film that often involves technology and futuristic dystopia as it play into technological advances and all sorts of weird shit. Here are my three picks as they’re all animated films:

1. Akira
Katsuhiro Otomo’s adaptation of his own manga series is the truest definition of cyberpunk as it plays into a teenage biker who gets in trouble with some criminals while he gain psychic powers. It is a film rich in its anime style while it also play into this world of this subculture of technology and crime as it is a film with these ravishing visuals and an animation style that would be considered groundbreaking.

2. Ghost in the Shell
Mamoru Oshii’s adaptation of the Masamane Shirow’s manga series is another evolution of the anime film style as it does play into the exploits of an android who works for a security agency as she tries to hunt a mysterious hacker. It is an animated film that wasn’t afraid to display elements of sexuality but also play into this dystopian world that is technologically advanced but also carrying elements of the old ways.

3. Big Hero 6
From Disney and Marvel is a film that might not have the edginess as the two other films yet it does play into the theme in terms of the world that the characters are living in but also in how they use technology to try and create a better world. Notably as it revolves around a young teenager who copes with the death of his older brother and the robot he built whose job is to help people in need. Even as the robot becomes part of a team of young scientists to become a group of superheroes who do what is needed which is to help people.

© thevoid99 2021


Sonia Cerca said...

Nice theme within a theme! Big Hero 6 is the only one I've seen and I really enjoyed it.

Brittani Burnham said...

I like the anime route you took! I really need to watch Ghost in the Shell, I have it in my Netflix queue. I feel like one of the only people in the world who didn't like Akira. It was so hyped up then I watched it and was like...nah.

ThePunkTheory said...

I watched Akira for the first time last month and loved it!
I'm also super curious about Ghost in the Shell - haven't seen that one yet, though.

thevoid99 said...

@Sonia Cerca-I'm glad everyone else liked it.

@Brittani-See that film and you'll see why the live-action version didn't work.

@ThePunkTheory-See the animated version and man, it is a thrilling anime film.