I'm trying to create a full list of the subgenres. Cyberpunk can best be defined as high tech meets low…
The hottest data on earth. In the coolest head in town.
The year is 2021, and half of the Earth's population is suffering from the disease known as Nerve Attenuation Syndrome (NAS). Johnny, a mnemonic data courier, is hired to carry 320 gigabytes of crucial information to safety from the Pharmacom corporation. Pursued by Yakuza agents and a crazed cyborg, Johnny must deliver the data or die in twenty-four hours.
Film #6 of the February Movie Challenge : Keanu Reeves or Bust!
Interesting premise that wasn't properly fleshed out and was poorly executed on film! Fabulous cast (Keanu Reeves, Dolph Lundgren, Takeshi Kitano, Henry Rollins, Ice-T, Udo Kier) that are either misused or severely underused!
90's cheesy sci-fi goodness complete with cringe-worthy dialogue, wily and wacky gangsters known as the Yakuza's! A souped up dolphin, a Jesus Freak Cyborg and a Cyber Ghost! Fast paced and anything but straight-laced!
Nothing to write home about but it will get you through the night in a pinch!
Wow this movie is almost 20 freaking years old. I guess it had been about 18 years since I saw this movie. So how was it on a second viewing? I must admit it was better than I thought it was...but that is not saying much as I really really disliked it the first time.
In this one Keanu Reeves plays a data courier in the near future. He is carrying a data package inside his head that he must deliver before he dies from the burden or is killed by the Yakuza. Also after Keanu is Dolph Lundgren. Dolph plays a preacher that is more robot than man...it least that is what they say (no special effects that show…
"Johnny Mnemonic" is a perfectly capable science fiction film. The story of cyber couriers who store and deliver sensitive information by having it saved in their brains, the film delivers interesting ideas but never does anything too interesting with them. Robert Longo's film is sturdy, but it finds itself watered down with too many token action beats.
A pre-"Matrix" Keanu Reeves stars as the courier who has 24 hours to deliver crucial information while being chased by all manner of sci-fi bad guys. It is a compelling premise, but the narrative drifts into typical action mode, bypassing the opportunity to revel in some inspired strangeness thanks to characters played by Henry Rollins, Dolph Lundgren, and Ice-T.
The production is competent,…
Concept: interesting. Story: pretty shitty and all over the place. Overally very underwhelming. Yet.... There's just something about 90s b-movie cyberpunk thrillers that just can't seem to make me stop watching. You gotta hand it, films like these are one of a kind. They just don't make em like this anymore.... I guess that's why I still kinda like it.
Best watched as a double-bill with 2002's Rollerball.
I've always considered Dolph Lundgren as one of the better actors out of all of the 80's/90's action stars (Arnie, Stallone etc.). And in Johnny Mnemonic, he's terrifically over-the-top and unsurprisingly delivers the most entertaining performance out of the cast. His Preacher character is badass, his dialogue and dialogue delivery is hilarious and he steals every scene he's in.
Unfortunately, he's only in the movie for a total of about five minutes, with the rest of the film remaining awful sci-fi stuff, that teases early on that it might rest in the category of "fun bad", but soon settles on plain "bad bad".
Keanu laughably hams it up, which definitely holds some entertainment value, and the climax, which involves Keanu teaming up with a dolphin, is pretty funny, but this is mostly forgettable sci-fi action fare, with an unforgiveable offence in sidelining the great Dolph Lundgren for most of the film.
The plot is a load of old arse, the acting is terrible (although the garbage dialogue they have to say doesn't help), the film looks like shit and it's generally really stupid. Other than that, Johnny Mnemonic is totally fine.
In the 2020s, a mnemonic courier carries valuable information in his head that could save the planet… if it doesn’t kill him first. Dull, shoestring cyber-crap from the godfather of cyberpunk features Reeves at his most humorless and least appealing, with director Longo impressively demonstrating how to shoot a 98-minute thriller without a single thrill.
This is probably the most incoherent ramble of a review I've ever written, but that's the effect this movie has. For 20 years, I never thought I'd like Johnny Mnemonic, but I also never thought I'd see a film in which Ice-T convinces Keanu Reeves to hack into his own brain and "loop it through" a dolphin's brain while they're both facing imminent death from Yakuza thugs. I was proven wrong about both of those things, because Johnny Mnemonic holds some inconceivable magic in its goofy, cyberpunk world, and I liked it a whole lot.
It's hard to describe the delicate balancing act of self-aware campiness, laughable silliness, and legit sci-fi/action charm and excitement at work here. It would be…
Its got some interesting ideas and an interesting plot, but it doesn't reach it's potential. I didn't like the script one bit and didn't care for any of the acting.
Johnny's got a secret and less than a day to tell it or his brain will melt. Problems arise - namely he can't access the secret without a key that he only possesses one half of, and he's being pursued by various parties interested in his secret who are perfectly happy to simply remove his head to get it. Poor Johnny seems to have placed himself at the center of an epic shitstorm and left his umbrella at home. Do you remember the future of the mid-80s to mid-90s filled with dudes sporting ponytails and wide-shouldered Armani suits - rain-washed urban sleekery, rain-washed urban scuzzery, with plenty of neon, torn fishnets, random rags as accessories and not a few trenchcoats…
A bad, but fun cyberpunk thriller with Keanu, Ice-T, Henry Rollins, Dolph and a hero dolphin.
I think it's worth mentioning that this, Hackers, The Net, Twelve Monkeys, The City of Lost Children, Strange Days, Congo, Mortal Kombat, Waterworld, and Species all came out the same year (1995 bra!) whoooooo weeee there's some stinkers in there! This feels very much like a studio's attempt to hop on the ol' cyberpunk hover board. And aside from it probably just being hurriedly pushed along I think there's two other main problems, 1. The nobody director and 2. The William Gibson SCREENPLAY (not story). I'm dubious of Mr. Gibsons script writing abilities (have you seen his X-Files episode?!) and whereas I think his story was/ is probably awesome they should have passed the screenplay writing off to someone else.…
Gritty nineties cyberpunk. Required viewing since it's based on a William Gibson story. There's a lot of things wrong with it, it's certainly not the best cinematic endeavor, but there's also enough cool aspects to make it an overall enjoyable movie.
If you owned your very own movie theater and got to program the films it exhibited as you desired, what…
Every film that has ever been nominated for a Razzie Award in any category.