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A data courier, literally carrying a data package inside his head, must deliver it before he dies from the burden or is killed by the Yakuza. In a dystopian 2021, Johnny (Keanu Reeves) is a data trafficker who has an implant that allows him to securely store data too sensitive for regular computer networks. On one delivery run, he accepts a package that not only exceeds the implant's safety limits - and will kill him if the data is not removed in time - but also contains information far more important and valuable than he had ever imagined. On a race against time, he must avoid the assassins sent to kill him and remove the data before it, too, ends his life.
"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,…
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…
The CGI looks unconvincing by today's standards and the writing can get incredibly clunky, but Johnny Mnemonic still makes for a mildly enjoyable if all over the place cyberpunk techno-thriller with thought-provoking ideas, a swiftly paced and intriguing story, and a solid cast.
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.
Toronto Plays Itself
Best watched as a double-bill with 2002's Rollerball.
I thought this was dope when I saw it in theaters as a kid.
More of a chase thriller than pure sci-fi, but audacious in taking 90s production design to the extreme. Great use of CGI that makes total sense given the context, the practical sets hold up. Could be read as a anti-technology statement, technology will erase our memory and replace us all, but TERMINATOR says the same thing in two minutes and has better action.
Still, fun as a relic of the nineties.
Has traces of what could've been an interesting, alternative, and - dare I say - funny movie, but it's so badly cut to ribbons that hardly anything innovative remains. Also looks like it cost about ten bucks to make, and Keanu has never been more wooden (though I could buy that was intentional). Does a real disservice to the terrifically written cyberpunk short story.
I tried watching this today. I have not watched such a 90s movie in a while. Ice t and Henry Rollins represent the musicians. Too bad I fell a sleep in the third quarter. I might need to watch that part again some day.
really bad and really fun to watch
cheesy as all hell with a ridiculous, poorly executed plot and goofy characters, it still manages to be quite an entertaining film, if you can make it past the first 40 minutes. Keanu Reaves manages to be astoundingly awful, like impressively so, Ice-T brings little, but honestly the best performance I've seen from Takeshi Kitano. Its got that 90's aesthetic that i just dig so hard, its quite preposterous, but imo still worth watching
Just a few years before The Matrix, Keanu Reeves starred in a different story about dangerous technology and dystopian futures. Stylish, but in a goofy nineties way.
I'm soooo excited. After thousands of hours of movie watching over my lifetime, it finally happened. Little did I know where "watching" this would lead. (I put that in quotes because I think my eyes tried to revolt by rolling back into my head a few times and I'm pretty sure my brain disengaged for the sake of its own survival at regular intervals.) Wandering the holy hell that represents every aspect of this movie, I found realization dawning. I had found it. Finally. The worst movie ever made! Sorry Troll 2, I know how badly you want that title but you can't have it. This is the one. The holy grail of movie horribleness. As Keanu would say...'Whoa!"
Film #10 of Scavenger Hunt 13 (April 2016)
Task #29: A film from a prominent artist outside of cinema
Robert Longo probably had good intentions for Johnny Mnemonic and the film does have potential. But it was just executed poorly. The film as a whole is unsatisfying. This is perhaps one of the worst screenplays in all the films I've seen (maybe even second to The Room) and contains Keanu's worst robotic performance.
This is an unranked list of my most high holiest of favorite movies. It is something continually tinkered with, and…