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.
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.
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?
Oh dear, Keanu Reeves stumbles around this like a little lost backpacker who's having a bad trip from gobbling on some funky mushrooms. It's one-hundred minutes of Reeves struggling with awkward dialogue, an incomprehensible plot, shitty punk-stylings, straight-to-TV production values, a dolphin, cross-dressing assassins, and Ice-T's dreadlocks.
Johnny Mnemonic is a shambles all the way through but what do you expect from a film that's directed by a guy who made one lonely R.E.M. music video and hasn't worked since - every frame is so amateurish it's embarrassing. William Gibson probably had high hopes with his screenplay but it bleeds to death on screen especially when it obviously screams that the studio should have ordered some rewrites before production went…
I've been curious about rewatching this one for a while now and I'm glad I finally did. I had a lot of fun with it. I like the idea of having runners/smugglers like this, sort of reminds me of Mirror's Edge in a way. I'm kinda surprised no one's made a movie out of that actually. I had forgotten Dolph Lundgren'c crazy priest character so that was nice, I didn't even recognize him at first. It does look like shit whenever they're in the computer/brain though, which is a shame but other than that I don't have many complaints.
Enjoyable film with an interesting concept by a great science fiction author. However the film cannot decide whether it wants to be a philosophical science fiction book or an action movie. Johnny Mnemonic just didn't do either for me.
I don't know what the fresh hell this scripts about, Oddest thing
I <3 you, 90s cyberpunk.
This movie is terrible but thoroughly enjoyable, especially from the perspective of 2014.
Cinematic comfort food.
Watching it this time, I finally did kind of see why other people don't care for it, although I still like it just as well as ever.
Top tier cyberpunk let down by it's B movie tier acting, in particular from Reeves.
In 1995, we would have rolled our eyes at the impossibility of squeezing 320 gigabytes into Keanu Reeves' head. Now, only 6.5 years before Johnny's 2021 adventure, he comes across as a bit of a dick for not bunging that data in Dropbox.
It's the near future, and Ice-T is the leader of the resistance. The Yakuza is trying to stop Johnny from taking some medical research somewhere, but Big Pharma is about to get a virtual reality check!
The cyberpunk trappings are pretty well done, but the script and direction are pure B-grade. This is schlock cyberpunk. A very distant poor cousin to The Matrix and Bladerunner.
For completists only. Avoid.
The good: Cyberpunk setting.
The bad: Acting, Dolph Lundgren, basic plot.
You expect a bit more plot from a cyberpunk setting but this boils down to the MC having something the bad guys want so they send in a number of mooks and henchmen. Dolph Lundgren's character was annoying, he had no purpose and in general just terrible.
A lot of stiff acting to the point i had to consider whether it was done on purpose or not. I don't think it was because it was just plain bad in some parts of the script.
Awkward confession......I'm a fan of Keanu Reeves. I find that most of the films he's in are enjoyable. I can't really explain it.
The idea of a future where data needs to be smuggled through someone's mind is a pretty cool concept, and the futuristic setting of Newark looked pretty great. Dolph Lundgren as the villain was comically bad, but I got a couple chuckles out of it. While the Johnny character is relatively shallow I thought that Keanu created moments where the character was enjoyable.
I fully expected this movie to be a complete cheesefest and some of it is, but I really had fun watching.
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