Johnny Mnemonic

Johnny Mnemonic

DVD - 1995
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"Johnny Mnemonic is an elite agent who is hired to deliver a vital message past the Yakuza, by storing the encryted information in his wet wired brain in the year 2021. The downloaded message exceeds his storage capacity. He races to get this toxic message out of his brain before it kills him" --Container.
Publisher: Montreal, Que. : Distributed by Alliance Atlantis, 1995.
Edition: Fullscreen (1.33:1) version.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (DVD) (97 mins.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in.

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doges
Apr 17, 2017

Keanu Reeves should only ever play 2 characters, a futuristic hacker, and Ted. Thankfully this film fits one of his two role-types to a T. This is by far one of the best films of the mid-90s infatuation with all things Internet and computer related.

I appreciate the film's push to be period-cool and stylized with everything screaming 1995-futuristic and cyberpunk. Johnny Mnemonic with its outlandish style (and Hackers, also 1995) are especially fresh watches in this day and age of safe, bland, and style-less Nolanized remakes and adaptations that are so afraid of being seen as "cheesy" or "dated" in the future that they opt for no style at all (or at least the same muted grey-brown esthetic we've been seeing for over a decade now).

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Palomino
Aug 25, 2015

Wow. Maybe it made more sense in a previous decade. I had a friend try to explain as we went along, but I still don't know. Terrible, terrible acting!

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lukasevansherman
Jul 01, 2015

"Hit me."
ManMachine is right, this should've been about 10 zillion times better. At least. Just kidding. Call it the failed "Matrix." As the internet caught on in the 90s, movies were quick to capitalize with both more "realistic" cyber thrillers like "The Net" and "Hackers" and sci-fi action movies like "Strange Days," "Virtuosity," "Lawnmower Man," and "Johnny Mnemonic." Maybe is was the title. You can't fault its source material, which is a story by cyberpunk pioneer William Gibson, who also wrote the screenplay, although given that a number of people cited studio interference, who knows how much of his script survived. It is most interesting as a look at what was thought to be cutting edge (both in theme and fx) in 1995 and its similarities to "The Matrix," which was by far the most successful of cyber thrillers and also starred Keanu Reeves. What also stamps it as 1995 was the presence of two musicians in the cast, Ice-T and Henry Rollins. Dolph Lundgren, who quit acting for over a decade after this, is some kind of demented, killer preacher and the casting of Japanese actor "Beat" Takeshki Kitano is perhaps an acknowledgement of the influence of Japanese films ("Akira," "Ghost in the Shell") on the genre. A relic of the mid-90s and for those who were alive then, it's kinda interesting, if not that great.

imatelly Aug 04, 2014

great movie seen it as a teen and still love it.

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Jun 08, 2014

Like - WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED HERE??!!

This Sci-Fi/Action/Thriller sure could have been about 10 zillion times better.

Johnny Mnemonic certainly had oodles, and oodles of potential. I think that it could've easily been considered a kick-ass contender for a prime position right up there alongside The Matrix. But, unfortunately, this flick went nowhere. And it went there, fast.

Set in the year 2021 where filth and ugliness prevails - Johnny is a "Mnemonic Data Carrier" carrying 320 gigabytes of ultimately crucial information contained on a memory chip that has been surgically implanted directly into his brain. At this point, Johnny's information storage capacity is dangerously overloaded.

Pursued by ruthless agents and deadly cyborgs, Johnny must deliver this all-important data to Newark within 24 hours, or else he must die.

Johnny Mnemonic, most certainly, had a truly fascinating premise that if handled properly could've ranked it right up there with some of the best Sci-Fi films of all time. But, instead, all we are offered was a film that ranked right down there with some of the worst from that genre, ever. I'm not joking.

Johnny Mnemonic is an utterly forgettable flick filled to overflowing with totally uninteresting characters mouthing laughable dialogue set against the back-drop of a hideous landscape of urban hell..... And, that does not compute!

Erock216 Apr 27, 2012

@lasertravis: I TOTALLY agree! I originally watched this movie opening day @ the theater & it's even greater now than I remember watching it then. Please fill me in...Neuromancer?

lasertravis Jul 06, 2011

Sorry. I think this is a very good movie. I enjoy dark future/cyberpunk settings when they are done well and this was done well. I know it was thrashed by the critics and I can see why people wouldn't like it. The effects are dated. The acting is..well...Keanu Reeves and Ice-T. Regardless, after rewatching this movie after many years, I still enjoyed this flick. Still waiting for Neuromancer. I will admit, the movie does have some of the cheese of an 80's action movie attached to it as well. I can't help it. I like it. Even still.

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