A wild ride.
Review by: MiamiMovieCritic
Added: 7 years ago
Sexy, eye-popping and hipper than next week's issue of Entertainment Weekly, Adam Stephenson's Cyberpunks is a wild ride. It appears to be set in a world where all the kids have studied the clothing styles of anime characters, and have modeled their attitudes on ironic slackers like Max Fischer. The movie constitutes a kind of dream world for teens.
It stars Benoit Kuziora as Track, a hacker who likes to mess with the power supply at his school. I like the editing in these scenes. It's breathless, quick-cut – as if the movie we're constantly playing catch-up with the characters. It captures the rhythm of teenage life perfectly. Then there's Cindy (Karly Palmer), the girl who flirts with Track at school. She's like an anime heroine come to life, and she can change the color of her lips just by licking them. How cool is that?
Stephenson's us-versus-them narrative approach is infectious. We see Track's parents through his eyes, so naturally everything they say ends up sounding the way he would hear it: like utter nonsense. The film's central set piece is an arcade where the hairstyles, clothes and even the tiles on the bathroom wall are brightly colored, almost cartoonish. The film's style looks to be somewhere between futuristic/cutting-edge and quaintly old-fashioned. After all, do kids really go to arcades these days?
The art direction in this movie is something else, and the music and credits only add to its considerable cool factor. This feels like a film that could have a cult built around it.