LG OLED Score: Cyberpunk Film Recommendation by Miriam Balanescu from [Sight & Sound] & [The Guardian]

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LG OLED Score is our version of a Letterboxd rating, this score will accompany many of the films on our lists and is based on specific criteria: 
- Cinematic Quality
- Visual Beauty 
- Recommended to watch on LG OLED. 

Renowned critics, talented actors, visionary directors with unique perspectives, and veteran technicians will all be introducing their LG OLED Scores. 

For our 2nd rating, a renowned critic Miriam Balanescu from [Sight & Sound] & [The Guardian], shared her cyberpunk film picks and LG OLED Scores. How Cyberpunk!


Blade Runner

In a neon-coloured, futuristic Los Angeles, robots and humans can’t be told apart. A renegade group of replicant humans escape from space colonies where they are set to work, alighting on earth and wreaking chaos. Tasked with “retiring” them, an ex-cop, Rick Deckard, sets out to track them down, coming into contact with the enigmatic, shadowy CEO of the company behind the bioengineered entities. A complex mesh of intrigue, romance and high-suspense follows, tussling with the bigger question of what makes us human.

1) Visual ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
2) Recommend watching LG OLED ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
3) Cinematic Quality ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
* Overall: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆


Ghost in the Shell (2017)

Taking its story from the Japanese manga of the same name, Scarlett Johansson stars in this dazzling sci-fi where a synthetic-enhanced human called the Major dredges up a murky past. Experiencing glitches - or hallucinations - when the Major discovers an unknown entity called Kaze, she embarks on a mission to track them down, sensing that Kaze holds the key to her past. What unfolds is an examination of a world caught between forward-marching technology and core human values, and whether those can ever exist in harmony. 

1) Visual ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
2) Recommend watching LG OLED ★ ★ ★ ☆☆
3) Cinematic Quality ★★★★☆
* Overall: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆



Possessor

Part body horror, part assassin-thriller, part-cyberpunk caper, this off-kilter, high-octane drama follows an assassin, Tasya Vos, who inhabits hosts through brain implant technology in order to carry out her kills - compelling them to commit suicide when the job is done so that she can return to her own body. Things go awry when her next target is marked out as a wealthy CEO and his daughter, and the host - the daughter’s fiance - manages to mentally overcome his possessor. The film is a visually striking and emotionally hard-hitting comment on dissociation, human connection and performative living.

1) Visual ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
2) Recommend watching LG OLED ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
3) Cinematic Quality ★★★★☆
* Overall: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆


Akira

A newly rebuilt Tokyo is afflicted by corruption, gang warfare and protests in the aftermath of its sudden destruction during a world war. Shōtarō Kaneda, head of gang the Capsules, charges into battle against the adversary Clown gang. As part of the casualties, his best friend Tetsuo Shima collides his motorbike with an esper, gaining psychic abilities which once again threaten the city. Visceral and often gory, this iconic anime undoubtedly shifted the stakes for the cyberpunk genre.

1) Visual ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
2) Recommend watching LG OLED ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
3) Cinematic Quality ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
* Overall: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆



The Matrix

Thomas Anderson - otherwise known as the computer hacker Neo - becomes embroiled in an underground world when he is repeatedly confronted with the phrase ‘the Matrix’ online. Swiftly after, he is contacted by the mysterious Morpheus and Trinity, who promise to reveal the truth - that he has been living in a shared simulated reality created by robots, enabling them to lull humanity while feeding on their energy. This slick and stylish cyber-thriller is rooted in the 1990s while still remaining highly relevant today. 

1) Visual ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
2) Recommend watching LG OLED ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
3) Cinematic Quality ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
* Overall: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆



Ex Machina

This directorial debut follows as a software programmer, Caleb Smith, wins a week-long visit to the home of his company’s CEO Nathan Bateman. Once there, Nathan discloses that he has created a humanoid robot called Ava, and that he would like Caleb to assess whether she really has consciousness. But, when Caleb begins to develop feelings for Ava and finds out that she is due to be “upgraded” - meaning her current personality will vanish - he decides to act, resulting in a fine-tuned and sensitive exploration of human emotion, loneliness and individuality. 

1) Visual ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
2) Recommend watching LG OLED ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
3) Cinematic Quality ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
* Overall: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

Check out the full LG OLED Score playlist on our Letterboxd here.

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