There is something both corny and exciting about cyberpunk movies from the 90s and 00s. Put simply, some of these movies are colorful. Many of us know cyberpunk for its dark neo-noir aesthetics established in the 70s and 80s, but there are examples of cinema from these more recent decades that paint a vivid picture of the sci-fi subgenre without forgetting to warn us of the dangers of our technological future.
That said, not many of these colorful cyberpunk films manage to get close to predicting real near-future technology, and they are still full of stereotypes and familiar places — the punk-style hacker, overstimulating electronic billboards that talk to passers-by, crowded places and food tents amid the urban chaos. It’s still recognizably cyberpunk, but the dominant palettes embrace imaginations beyond those caught up in the dingy, rain-soaked back alleys and city blocks like circuitry, filled with old pipework and drug dens.
Originally published at versions.killscreen.com on May 31, 2016.