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[Recommend] Blade Runner -esque

Metal Gear Solid 2 DemoMetal Gear Solid 2 Demo Registered User regular
edited June 2010 in Help / Advice Forum
So I'm obsessed with Blade Runner. There are varying factors that go into it, but time and time again throughout my life I've found myself going back to this movie. Every cut, multiple times, I just love it.

It's mostly the setting mixed with the kind of noir detective story. I'm a sucker for the tightly packed, neon-lit, Cantonese speaking streets of the once dystopian future, and I Harrison Ford delivers on a very sullen yet clever detective that's on the end of his rope.

Anyway, I'm looking for more of this kind of stuff. Particularly film, I'm wondering if there are any similar sort of movies out there that I may have missed that are set in the same kind of Neuromancer-ish future and if they're crime dramas then that's all the better. Wondering in particular if there are any foreign films of this persuasion

As well, any graphic novels that pull off the same kind thing would be awesome, as I've looked around but nothing has really popped up.

Any recommendations?

edit: I'm a big William Gibson fan as well as his stuff sort of delivers the same thing, so pass on recommending his stuff for now.

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    EshEsh Tending bar. FFXIV. Motorcycles. Portland, ORRegistered User regular
    edited June 2010
    Dark City
    City Of Lost Children
    Children Of Men
    Gattaca
    Brazil
    Ghost In The Shell
    Ghost In The Shell: Innocence
    Metropolis (the anime)
    Strange Days
    Renaissance
    Appleseed (2004 anime)

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    Mike DangerMike Danger "Diane..." a place both wonderful and strangeRegistered User regular
    edited June 2010
    Snow Crash and The Diamond Age, both by Neal Stephenson, are lacking a little in the "sci-fi noir" aspect, but it's definitely a similar sort of setting.

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    The_Glad_HatterThe_Glad_Hatter One Sly Fox Underneath a Groovy HatRegistered User regular
    edited June 2010
    Terry Gilliam's Brazil.

    There's this japanese movie i saw a few years ago (on MTV for all places) about a cyborg-hunter-cop falling in love with a cyborg. It had a cool view of the future and insane action sequences.. I wish i remembered the name.. That was so much like blade runner, but a bit updated..

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    DeusfauxDeusfaux Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    Soylent Green
    12 Monkeys
    Total Recall
    eXistenZ
    some of The Animatrix
    The Fifth Element isn't too dark, but it has several other elements you're looking for
    Final Fantasy VII Advent Children might be I can't remember. A good chunk of the game is in a dirty dystopian setting


    there are a lot of good "clean-look" dystopian films as well if you're into that like
    THX 1138
    Equilibrium
    Minority Report


    nearly any film adaptation of Phillip K Dick is good stuff - A Scanner Darkly

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    PaperPrittPaperPritt Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    Esh wrote: »
    Dark City
    City Of Lost Children
    Children Of Men
    Gattaca
    Brazil
    Ghost In The Shell
    Ghost In The Shell: Innocence
    Metropolis (the anime)
    Strange Days
    Renaissance
    Appleseed (2004 anime)

    <3 :^:

    I would like to go on record here and say that this list is full of win. Limed are my favorites, but they're all soooo good.

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    28682868 Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    OK this is more trivia than reccomendation.

    But the movie Soldier takes place in the same universe and was originally written as a prequel (It has nothing to do with PKD's original work).

    If you look at the junk planet you'll see a spinner, and the tattoos on the soldier's arms are some of the same wars that Roy Batty fought in.

    Anyway, Dystopian, or Gritty Futures, let's see.

    Dark City
    Metropolis
    V for Vendetta


    I'll think of some more I'm sure.

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    RookRook Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    There's a film that's basically a Korean version of Blade Runner called Natural City.

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    KrubicksCubeKrubicksCube Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    If you're mostly looking for cyberpunk/dystopian stuff:

    Ghost in the Shell
    Children of Men
    I've heard Brazil is very good
    Akira
    A Clockwork Orange
    THX1138

    EDIT: Oh, and Metropolis (the silent film). If you have the patience for that kind of thing, and a lot of people don't, it's fantastic.

    Books: Neuromancer by William Gibson


    If you're looking for some more intelligent sci-fi, two off the top of my head:

    2001: A Space Odyssey (film), but slow but fantastic, probably my favorite film.
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    ChanusChanus Harbinger of the Spicy Rooster Apocalypse The Flames of a Thousand Collapsed StarsRegistered User regular
    edited June 2010
    The Max Headroom TV series.

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    TychoCelchuuuTychoCelchuuu PIGEON Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    Aside from everything that has been recommended already:

    Deus Ex

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    noir_bloodnoir_blood Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan.

    It's a book that gets recommended a lot in this parts, but I really recommend it in this particular case, as the story and setting is heavily inspired by BR.

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    Hahnsoo1Hahnsoo1 Make Ready. We Hunt.Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    The Automatic Detective by A. Lee Martinez. It's a noir with the twist that the detective is a robot, and thus looks at his case from a very different point of view.

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    IronKnuckle's GhostIronKnuckle's Ghost Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    Snatcher was Hideo Kojima's love note to Blade Runner. Never released in the west, but there are numerous fan translations available now.

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    EshEsh Tending bar. FFXIV. Motorcycles. Portland, ORRegistered User regular
    edited June 2010
    I'd also highly recommend tracking down the Bladerunner video game. Who was and who wasn't a replicant changes in every playthrough.

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    Metal Gear Solid 2 DemoMetal Gear Solid 2 Demo Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    Esh wrote: »
    I'd also highly recommend tracking down the Bladerunner video game. Who was and who wasn't a replicant changes in every playthrough.

    Haha I remember playing the demo for this or something, will have to track it down

    All great suggestions, I've seen most of the movies and read most of the novels though. People keep recommending Dark City so I'll have to jump on that and Altered Carbon as been on my "next book" list forever

    Surprised there's no graphic novels in this kind of subject though, I thought there'd at least be a couple Vertigo titles or something

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    noir_bloodnoir_blood Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    Ha, totally forgot, but there's a comic book company releasing "Do Androids Dream of Sheeps" comic books. I don't think they gone to trade yet, and don't know how similar the short story and movie are.

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    The_Glad_HatterThe_Glad_Hatter One Sly Fox Underneath a Groovy HatRegistered User regular
    edited June 2010
    Rook wrote: »
    There's a film that's basically a Korean version of Blade Runner called Natural City.

    Oh my shit, i have been looking for that movie's name for ages!!!!!!

    thank you!

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    TychoCelchuuuTychoCelchuuu PIGEON Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    Oh shit forgot about some comics/graphic novel stuff:

    Transmetropolitan
    Mek

    Also bookwise you should check out Gun, With Occasional Music.

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    ceresceres When the last moon is cast over the last star of morning And the future has past without even a last desperate warningRegistered User, Moderator mod
    edited June 2010
    If you want to read a book got read Hyperion, and the rest of The Hyperion Cantos, by Dan Simmons. Do it. Do it now. Weird, weird shit, and it's got the crime, the intrigue, the cyborgs, and even the evil-or-maybe-not-but-probably-so AI overlords who want you to think they have humanity's best interests at heart.

    It also has a God of sorts, a Devil of sorts, and a big pointy metal spike monster that no one's really sure whose side it's on.

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    28682868 Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    noir_blood wrote: »
    Ha, totally forgot, but there's a comic book company releasing "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep" comic books. I don't think they gone to trade yet, and don't know how similar the short story and movie are.

    I assume, considering that was the name of the Novel.

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    tofutofu Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    Altered Carbon and the rest of the Kovacs novels are pretty good, I just finished up the trilogy. Shame there won't be more.

    When you watch Dark City, make sure it's the director's cut. Failing that, skip the monologue at the beginning of the theatrical version.

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    NappuccinoNappuccino Surveyor of Things and Stuff Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    noir_blood wrote: »
    Ha, totally forgot, but there's a comic book company releasing "Do Androids Dream of Sheeps" comic books. I don't think they gone to trade yet, and don't know how similar the short story and movie are.

    Its a novel and outside of some character names, and basic plot they're very different beasts. I highly recommend reading the novel.

    I would also recommend the Manga/ graphic novel "Eden: its an endless world" Skipping the name, its a fantastically depressing look at the future. I really don't want to tell you much about it because even going beyond the first vol would be a huge spoiler.

    I will, however, say that it is a book where no character is safe, no character is static, and it is by turns philosophic (without becoming grating or slowing the pace of the action), a family study, numerous character studies, world building extravaganza, coming of age story, packaged with some of the most bleakly beautiful storytelling i have ever come across.

    Read it, you won't regret it (though be warned, it has a tendency to make you feel dead and empty inside so have a sweet and fluffy follow up prepared)

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    guarguar Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    Esh wrote: »
    Dark City
    City Of Lost Children
    Children Of Men
    Gattaca
    Brazil
    Ghost In The Shell
    Ghost In The Shell: Innocence
    Metropolis (the anime)
    Strange Days
    Renaissance
    Appleseed (2004 anime)

    A friend and I watched Gattaca then the TV promo included on the disc. We had a good laugh about how the movie is a slow drama, yet the promo makes it out to be a fast-paced action flick.

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    Wicked Uncle ErnieWicked Uncle Ernie Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    I also love Blade Runner, just one of those movies I can basically watch anytime. But I can't suggest another movie that even comes close to doing what Blade Runner did. Ridley Scott's approach to movie making back then is pretty unique, Harrison Ford said filming the movie was one of the most miserable experiences of his life (had a lot to do with shooting at night and in the rain a lot). Also, a very important part of the movie is Vangelis' soundtrack. Scott basically handed the movie to Vangelis and said, make a soundtrack. A few months later Scott got it back, soundtrack completed.

    So, to me, there's a lot more that goes into Blade Runner than just it's setting or story, which many people have tried to emulate, but always fall short for whatever reason. I think others have pretty much covered the genre, I think Dark City is my favorite of those listed. Or Brazil.




    And watch Moon. Just because.

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