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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…
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.
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.
Toronto Plays Itself
Best watched as a double-bill with 2002's Rollerball.
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.
Einer der Filme, die für mich die 90er Jahre besser repräsentieren als vieles Andere. Nicht nur, dass man es hier mit der Dystopie der übertechnologiesierten Welt zu tun bekommt, in der wir mittlerweile leben, man bekommt auch zwei der interessantesten Killer-Charaktere vorgestellt. Und wer sich zu Anfang des Films fragt, wo Dolph Lundgren bleibt, wer Geduld übt wird dafür belohnt. Vielleicht seine beste Rolle ever.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I wish the film had been about the cyborg dolphin
American painter/sculptor directs Gibson's low-life opus(screenplay) with Keanu Reeves, Dina Meyer, Ice-T, Takeshi Kitano, Dolph Lundgren (second Dolph in this movie, first's an actual psychic Dolphin named Jones). That's about 90% of my sales pitch. First off, the actual short story (not the screenplay) was a great achievement (more relevant now than ever): Gibson at his Impressionist best, entire cities entombed by geodesics/technobabble (lol), on one hand lies the affluent high-society and on the other a low-society(Lo Teks/resistance). Information means everything, from big-time crime syndicates to gigantic Zaibatsus. Allowing "idiot savant" Johnny to make a living out of transporting high-level information. But then something goes wrong, the Yakuza wants him(evidence) dead.
Sadly, the movie isn't based on the story, Gibson…
This is honestly the perfect bad movie. or at least, it's my personal favorite bad movie. Keanu is hysterical, Ice-t is hysterical, Dolph Lundgren and Henry Rollins are hysterical, and Beat Takeshi at least puts forth a convincing enough effort as a brooding big pharma executive. There are actually a lot of things about this film that I enjoy unironically, while other elements are enjoyable ironically, often times simultaneously. I honestly put this in the same category as the Super Mario Bros. movie. If you don't "get" the charm and appeal of these kinds of movies, you're never going to get it. By the time Jones the dolphin is revealed you can't possibly think this movie is doing anything other…
Many people blame the late re-editing of this film for doing all the damage, turning it into an incoherent, sloppy mess. I think blaming it all on the editors does the disserivce of letting screenwriter and cast off the hook for stinking it up, too. In the near future, with corporations controlling the world, a “data courier” carrying the cure to a worldwide plague in his head is hunted by various interested parties that run the gamut of intentions, including the Yakuza. Cut from the same cloth as its contemporaries “Freejack” and “Strange Days“, it’s nominally based on a short story by William Gibson with what we‘ve come to expect of the now standard genre tropes (dirty dystopian future, underground…
Hippy profit Dolph Lundgren. Henry Rollins as Dr. Spider. Ice T and Takeshi Kitano. Holy shit, this movie has it all.
The plot seems like it's daring you to follow it. I can see a simple plot at the core, Macguffin and all, but it's buried beneath a pile of unnecessary complications techno-babble that cloud over everything.
It also helps (or hurts) that Keanu Reeves acts like he learned all of his lines phonetically. Seriously, his performance here makes your average slasher movie role look like an Oscar contender. I don't know if it's just that his heart wasn't in it, but I was incredibly surprised by just how bad he was.
Standard definition touch screen video phones. Low resolution…
2021, Ice-T = J-Bone, Rollins, Thompson iPhone, 160g w/ doubler, monofilament, dolphin, VW fire bombs.
Unearthed a Japanese cut of this film that purports to have 15 additional minutes, because who doesn't want MORE of this movie?!?!
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All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…