There are many offending elements in Cyberpunk 2077 that manage to trap the player in its universe. Some have to do with the way you interact with him, such as his role-playing essence or his game mechanics, but others provide essence and identity. Not only when it comes to aesthetics, but also to the concept of imposing style over substance, just as it happens in the game of dice and paper. His way of turning an entire complex subgenre such as Cyberpunk into something tangible and almost palpable.
The triumph of CD Projekt Red is how they manage to make that deep current of science fiction manifest on screen and become believable and interactive through controls and an open world capable of capturing us and leaving us speechless. Sometimes because of his ambition and others because of his determination to finish us off at the slightest mistake. A city called Night City that drinks with success and cheekiness from a thousand influences from cinema and television.
Many of us who write to you daily in Extra Life we are passionate about science fiction, video games and the seventh art. And we are also fully aware that many of our readers share these obsessions. Precisely for this reason, and as we did with other great open world games like Elden Ring, Red Dead Redemption or Grand Theft Auto, we have selected more than twenty movies and series that share influences and themes. Some of them, in addition, are even very present in the game in the form of Easter Eggs.
Below you will find a selection with more than two dozen productions for the small and big screen that will serve to immerse you a little more in the essence Cyberpunk 2077 and the themes of the work of CD Projekt RED. Suggestions that range from anime to the classics of the seventh art, passing through the occasional blockbuster made in Hollywood that will steal an ironic smile from Johnny Silverhand himself, played by Keanu Reeves.
Alita: Battle Angel
based on the manga Hyper Future Vision GUNNM by Yukito Kishiro and directed by Robert Rodriguez, Alita: Battle Angel It introduces us to a twisted version of the 26th century through the eyes of a cyborg with an intact human brain, mind-blowing combat ability and the iron will to find out her origins. Even if that means turning the established order upside down.
By far one of the most influential and ambitious Japanese animation works ever produced. Akira takes place in the Neo-Tokyo of 2019, the reconstructed Japanese capital that emerges -as Night City- after an explosion derived from a Third World War. In it, a group of young bikers will take part in a revolution in a dystopia with no possible good futures.
The adaptation for the small screen of Modified Carbon, the novel by Richard Morgan, draws us to a distant future in which, to say the least and soon, the identity of people can be preserved in digital format, which opens up different paradigms and conflictive situations. A proposal that embraces dystopian fiction and Cyberpunk themes without complexes and adapts it for the general public.
Appleseed: The Beginning
Perhaps, the digital animation of this powerful adaptation of the work of the illustrious Masamune Shirow It hasn’t aged as well as it should. But it is that, if we are fair, we could fill the list only with the conversions of his manga to anime: his are also Dominion Tank Police either Real Drive. And be careful, just a little further down you will find its greatest timeless jewel.
Blade Runner (The Final Cut)
In 1982, director Ridley Scott once again revolutionized the science fiction genre with bladerunner, establishing in the process, the essence, the identity and the tone of the Cyberpunk subgenre for the general public. Of course, in the process up to seven different versions of the film were created. We recommend you the final assemblythe only one where Scott had full control of the footage.
blade runner 2049
The legitimate sequel to bladerunner is an extraordinary visual display that has divided fans of the original for different reasons. Now, what is unquestionable is that we are facing a successful update of the explored universe and, in the process, a must-see film for those who are passionate about fans of Cyberpunk 2077who -without going into details- will find superb parallels with the video game.
Terry Gilliam uses science fiction and the dystopias described by George Orwell to make a science fiction satire. A declaration of war on technocracy, corporatism and the withering control of the population by the state. Perhaps, the action and the constant stimuli of the video game Cyberpunk 2077 remains parked in Brazil, but both works have a common background and message.
The setting and visual display of the Netflix live-action series may be the only good thing it brings; but the Sunrise anime is still a masterpiece that deserves to be reviewed every so often, halfway between space science fiction and the most pessimistic dystopias with implants, drug trafficking and gang wars.
Cowboy Bebop is the story of a group of bounty hunters who go into that kind of underworld without rolling up their sleeves and hope to get out in one piece in the hope of making some easy money. Some, to escape from their own past and others to recover their own lives. An anime that, at the same time, is a work of art in motion.
The fifth element
Luc Besson brings together Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman and a very young Mila Jovovich in a film in which action and comedy are combined in very well measured proportions under an interesting question: Why save life when you see what human beings do with she?
In the 23rd century, a former special forces commander turned taxi driver will put aside his routine to prevent Earth from being at the mercy of an evil entity. The key is to get four stones that symbolize the elements of nature, but he will need more than that to save humanity.
Ghost in the Shell
To date, the best exploration of Cyberpunk themes ever portrayed by Japanese animation. Released in 1995 and directed by Mamoru Oshii, in Ghost in the Shell the protagonist is Motoko Kusanagi, a cyborg specialized in combating terrorism and computer crimes using all the means at her disposal. A spectacular feature film with an extraordinary setting.
Sylvester Stallone retained his action hero status long enough to venture into roles where he could parody himself while combining action, comedy and science fiction in every shot.
Demolition Man presents us with a future in which two very opposite societies coexist. leaving both exposed to the atrocities of a maniac sentenced to a recently escaped cryogenic prison. To big problems, big solutions: the answer of the police of the future is to unfreeze the same hero who arrested them in the past.
Paul Verhoeven signed up Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone and even Michael Ironside to bring Philip K Dick’s story We Can Remember It For You Wholesale to the big screen, in which a simple worker decides get out of the routine and implant a false memory in which he is a secret agent on the planet Mars. What could go wrong?
Long before he stepped into the skin of Neo from the Matrix or brought Johnny Silverhand to life, Keanu Reeves starred in several films with a Cyberpunk setting.
In Johnny Mnemonic he is the titular protagonist, who through brain implants stores and transports tens and even hundreds of gigabytes of secret information in his head. A completely absurd amount of memory at the time the film was shot, by the way, even though it doesn’t seem like much today.
Released in 1976 and under the direction of Michael Anderson, Logan’s Run takes place in a complicated year 2344 in which, after an ecological disaster, humanity is condemned to live until the age of 30 in an isolated dome controlled by supercomputers. A film that, by the way, may not have aged well, but it is worth noting that it won the Oscar for best visual effects.
Bonus Stage: Metropolis
When Metrolopis was released, back in 1927, the concept of Cyberpunk was not even established. At least as we know it today. But if we give it a new viewing we will see that the themes and a good part of the dystopia created at that time are something very rooted in the genre. In the absence of new television project for Apple TVwe recommend the original film as a Bonus Phase.
Imagine a future where society is ruled by an oligarchy of network television. Moreover, governments and even large corporations are at your service. And they not only control the information, but also monitor the citizens through the screens.
Luckily, in this Cyberpunk dystopia there is a discordant voice: Max Headrooman AI born by reconstructing the memory of a journalist dedicated to sticking his nose where he wasn’t called.
The Matrix Saga (The Matrix, Reloaded, Resurrection and Revolutions)
Although the Matrix saga is made up of four films to date, it is clear that The Matrix, the original film, ends up imposing itself on the rest in all aspects. That said, the concept of style over substance cultivated and manifested in the streets of the Night City of Cyberpunk 2077 It comes to him that he did not even paint the three subsequent deliveries.
The Matrix saga goes beyond the four main films: Warner explored the license through different mediums, including video games, and even developed its own series of Japanese-style animated short films, bringing together the most select studios of the time. Nine spectacular pieces, everything is said.
We come across an adaptation of Philip K. Dick again, in this case The Minority Report, and there would be many more if we extended our selection: in the future it is possible to anticipate crime, using the abilities of a group of psychics, the agency PreCrime, they are dedicated to arresting future criminals before they break the law. An infallible system? Steven Spielberg’s film leaves us with doubt.
Like most of the inhabitants of Night City, RoboCop is half man and half machine. Of course, whoever was the agent Alex Murphy is 100% police. The future that Paul Verhoeven paints us poses many of the dilemmas of Cyberpunk 2077 from new perspectives, including the ethical barriers of tomorrow and the limits of humanity itself.
Extra Ball: Cyberpunk Edgerunners
We always reserve an Extra Ball for the end of our lists, and this one was very clear: Cyberpunk: Edgerunners is something subtly different from the typical video game adaptation, since it is an animated series based on the universe. An extension of the work of CD Projekt RED in which the Polish developer herself has been directly involved.