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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.
Aesthetically, this is a fetish.
Oh wow! I've never seen this film before. Has it just aged badly or has it always been this bad?
I have nothing to say about this film except that you shouldn't watch it for any reason.
So much crazy stuff here that it would take me too long to write about it all, so to summarize: the predictions about our technological lives in the future are quite wrong (big surprise) but the entertainment factor here is quite right. Even if it's at times mostly due to the hilarity and insanity this movie has, I rarely tuned out or checked the time until the end. The plot resolution had so much technical jargon that I got a bit lost but other than that I sort of liked what this movie did, in a weird way.
It's really fun to look back at how much disparity the 90s placed on their interpretations of the immediate future. Not to go against the original William Gibson short story, but Hollywood made of it is a clichéd cyberpunk thriller with little to intrigue or competence. In between the contrived plot points and horrendously predictable dialogue beats the heart of a silly dumb adventure that thinks it is more important than it is. What I am sure are state of the art graphics for the time are the unintentionally hilarious cherry on a really pointless movie. This film is very much of its time in the worst ways possible.
Kinda mixed on this.. Has some stuff I liked and some I wasn't crazy about.
This has not aged well, and it wasn't very good to start with. Reeves is horrible. Fucking horrible, actually. He's so wooden he should have been used as a floatation device. He eventually got better, but not here. The "non-actors", Ice-T and Henry Rollins run circles around him. Dina Meyer, in her debut, out-does everyone except Udo Kier. That's a good way make a debut.
The plot is a disjointed collection of poor action scenes and shoe-horned in plot devices, like the nerve attenuation syndrome nonsense. For the record: William Gibson's original story doesn't feature this crap, and the main characters are quite different. I'm not saying that an adaptation needs to be 100% true to the source material, even…
It's really not a good movie, but it's still fun. The goofy acting and over the top everything make it oddly charming. And there's a badass dolphin as the leader of the underground resistance fighters! Cyberpunk insanity from one of the genre's founders.
Is really the future that kinky bruuuh?
What a ridiculous movie. On every level.
Wow! That's all I can say… wow!
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