Thursday Movie Picks: Cyberpunk

 

This week's theme from Wandering Through the Shelves is Cyberpunk. Not gonna lie, this one was a bit hard for me. I don't think I've actually seen a lot of films that qualify as cyberpunk. But I've seen a few, so here's what I came up with.


1) Blade Runner 2049 -
This is the first film that came to mind and I still prefer it to the original Blade Runner. It's long, but interesting and beautifully shot.


2) Dredd -
This was a movie I expected to hate but ended up having so much fun with. It's pretty badass.


3) Elysium -
The only reason I picked this was because my husband and I were talking about it the other day. Does anyone even remember this movie? It really just came and went. 

Comments

  1. We almost share Blade Runner as I picked the original. I wasn't a fan of 2049 to be honest. It was too long and boring for me, but the visuals were terrific. I haven't seen your second pick but I don't remember anything abut Elysium either haha.

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    1. It was definitely too long, I can't argue that. lol

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  2. I don't watch a lot of cyberpunk either. I do remember Elysium, and given the cast, I thought it would be a pretty big blockbuster, but like you said, it kind of came and went with very little fanfare.

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    1. I wonder if the director himself even remembers making it? lol

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  3. I watch Dredd at least once a year. It's the first movie I think of when I think of a movie that should've gotten a sequel.

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    1. It was fun. I'm glad I didn't write it off and not see it.

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  4. I had hopes for Elysium, Matt Damon & Jodie Foster seemed a guarantee of some quality, but it was confused and rather dull. Jodie was seriously off her game.

    I'm in a bit of a weird place with your first two. I haven't seen them but I saw the original Blade Runner, which was good enough I suppose but not enough to get me to see this. I also saw the original Judge Dredd which I thought was trash. I like Karl Urban but not nearly as much as Diane Lane and if she couldn't make the first worthwhile I'm certain he can't with the second!

    Like you I found this one tough. By and large these aren't my kind of films so my solution was choosing the worse three I could think of.

    Freejack (1992)-Future technology has advanced to the point that rich elderly citizens can hire thieves such as Vacendak (Mick Jagger) to jump back in time to kidnap young people, return with them then have their brains transplanted into the clients’ bodies. Racer Alex Furlong (Emilio Estevez) is captured, he manages to break free but finds this new world a dangerous place. Extremely short on logic this misguided flick managed to corral Anthony Hopkins and Rene Russo as well as Jagger. They collect a paycheck, the audience suffers.

    Johnny Mnemonic (1995)-Implanted with a stash of information data courier Johnny (Keanu Reeves) must retrieve it within 48 hours or self-destruct. Guarded by turbo charged bodyguard Jane (Dina Meyer) but hunted by two foes he sets out to find the passwords needed to stop his death. When it’s not absurd it’s stupid.

    Moon 44 (1990)-A group of prisoners is enlisted by a mining corporation against a corporate war where interplanetary companies vie for control of dwindling resources on distant moons. Agent Felix Stone (Michael Pare) is sent to the title planet when problems arise. This pastiche of Aliens, Blade Runner and every other conceivable cyberpunk film holds a whopping zero score on Rotten Tomatoes.

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    1. I'm 0/3 with your picks but I've at least heard of the first two. I was wondering if you had seen Dark City and would go with that. That is one that I've missed.

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    2. Trust me when I tell you that you have missed absolutely nothing by not having seen these lemons.

      The only Dark City I seen was a solid 1950 Charlton Heston/Lizabeth Scott noir by that name...but I'm sure that's not the one you mean! :-)

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  5. Blade Runner 2049 is incredible as I'm so glad to have seen it on the big screen. I haven't seen Dredd nor Elysium as I've heard great things about the former but I don't have much interest in the latter.

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    1. I barely remember Elysium so you're not missing anything. Dredd was good though.

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  6. Well, we almost jive but I chose the original Blade Runner. I still want to see the new one and feel this will also be a cult classic. I saw the original Judge Dredd which is ..Dredd. I did see Elysium and almost chose that film but it is a bit uneven even though I like the premise. Jodie Foster just sucked!

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    1. That was such a dud from Foster lol. I think she's what sold a lot of people on it in the first place.

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  7. Would have totally picked Dredd as well but it was not one of my most recent watches. It surprised me too as I ended up liking it.

    I remember Elysium and remember not liking it.

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    1. Elysium really flopped hard. I don't know anyone who goes to bat for it.

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  8. I've heard about every single one of your picks, but somehow haven't seen any of them. 😅

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