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!
"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.
Oh wow! I've never seen this film before. Has it just aged badly or has it always been this bad?
This could have worked if it was slightly less ridiculous. But then it still would have been completely forgotten. At least the nonsensical dolphin stuff makes it memorable.
Of all of the things I expected out of this movie, "Dolphin versus cyborg Jesus" definitely wasn't one of them.
The one star is for the idea of a cast that includes Udo Kier, Keanu Reeves, and Takeshi Kitano. The *IDEA* of it.
1 star just for the dolphin.
20 év után újranéztem így a Neuromancer elolvasása után, és sajnos olyan gyenge, mint amire emlékeztem. '95-ös, de mintha a '80-as években készült volna, gyenge színészi alakításokkal, történet alig van, látszik, hogy novella alapján készült. Azért a CGI "cybertér" effektek meglepően jók/érdekesek voltak, és volt 1-2 jó jelenet, az alaptéma is érdekes, de összességében nagyon harmatos.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Siempre he dicho que de todas las dimensiones paralelas con planeta tierra existentes, esta es la única dimensión en la que Katy Perry no es un one-hit wonder, sino una caraja con mas de 15 hits inexplicables y una carrera que ya va rumbo a los "Greatest Hits Vol. 1". En todas las demás dimensiones paralelas, Katy Perry solo pegó "i kissed a girl" y DESAPARECIÓ de la cultura pop, como es el deber ser.
"Johnny Mnemonic" no parece una película de esta dimensión. Esta película pertenece a una dimensión donde no existió "Blade Runner" y donde los Wachowski no nacieron. Por eso en vez de haber visto a Neo en The Matrix, lo vimos en esta basura (inexplicablemente escrita…
Terrible, y el tiempo no la ha mejorado. Todos los ingredientes para una gran película pero todo está hecho sin ritmo y sin imaginación. La estrella y media es por Dolph Lundgren quien parece ser el único que se tomó en serio su rol. Es increíble que una película cuyo guión escribió William Gibson, donde aparecen además Keanu Reeves, Takeshi Kitano y Ice-T pueda ser tan aburrida. Increíble que sólo cuatro años después se estrenara The Matrix y que al mismo tiempo esa película parezca hoy, 16 años después, una obra de vanguardia.
Tal y como dice la canción de Stabbing Westward que acompaña los créditos finales de esta película, podrìa resumir mi impresión general de ella: "I don't want it, I don't need it".
Cyberpunk, sure, but twenty years on, this plays as vaporwave noir, a glitched-out artificial mishmash of five decades' worth of movie tropes that manages to be dated and prescient at the same time. Ends up playing like Strange Days' junky kid brother, not as tapped into the toxic politics of its world, but still plenty pissed off about it. Ultimately though, the big comparison point is Demolition Man, which is another movie with a maximalist/dystopic streak directed by a New York art-punk that can be misconstrued as a straight goof.
Now I have to watch Virtuosity to finish the trifecta.
Film #25 of the "Scavenger Hunt #4 Challenge"
Item #16: A Cyberpunk film
This was so bad, but oh so good. Another movie I can't believe took me this long to watch. I knew from the start I was in for a treat, when we see a stylistically bland opening text scroll followed by an animated look inside THE INTERNET - 2021. Every single line of dialogue is said through a mouthful of ham. I mean seriously, Keanu can't even say something so simple as "What are you doing" without over-emoting like he's the 90s Shatner. And I'm completely not surprised that Dolph Lundren quit acting for 15 years after this.
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.