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The hottest data on earth. In the coolest head in town.
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,…
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?
what the fuck was that?
seriously i have no clue what was going on in that cinematic hot mess i watched last night. i feel like Johnny Mnemonic is a disgusting explosion of the absolute worst the 1990s had to offer. it's full of outrageously outdated shitty virtual reality nonsense, dudes with trench coats and ponytails, dubbed voices, Keanu's "acting", and a coked up Dolph Lundgren as a jesus guy...? i should stop i'm making this movie sound more interesting then it is. it's an ugly, incoherent disaster of a movie & is a must to avoid.
absolutely, without a doubt, 100% the most confusing film i have ever seen
dolph lundgren plays moses basically and keanu reeves plays a guy who cannae handle the internet. its beautiful and its fucking terrible all at once.
'Cyberpunk' caching in.
If I had seen this when I was in high school, this might have become my favorite movie.
This was really cool.
This is also one of those movies where I could not remember if I’d seen or not. After having watched it I have to say no. Maybe I watched it when I was little and only saw part of it or something.
What a cast. Jesus. Keanu, Ice-T, Dina Meyer, Takeshi Kitano, Henry Rollins, Udo Kier, Dolph Lundgren. How can you not be sold on the cast alone? I think this movie drew a lot of actors to it because it’s one of William Gibson’s works. I didn’t even know who he was before hearing about him from some people on tumblr, but he seems to be very influential and popular.
This is about a courier…
This film gave me NAS.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
This movie is a mess.
It's got a decent premise and an interesting setting, but the acting and some plain ridiculous scenes turn everything stupidly comical.
This is a movie in which every good and interesting thing that happens is overshadowed by something utterly bizzare and insane. In one scene, awesome cyberpunk yakuza hitmen in long trenchcoats storm into a room and slaughter the occupants, then in another, a robot priest is microwaved to death by a cybernetic dolphin.
Keanu Reeves gave probably the worst performance of his I have seen, but I admit I haven't seen many of his films. Ice T was in it, because it was a mid 90's movie so they needed a rapper. Henry Rollins…
Johnny Menemonic is one of those intricate scifi flicks with a convoluted plot. Somewhat reminiscent of Kathryn Bigelow's Strange Days, but it's harder to follow its script. Ice-T and Henry Rollins are in the cast and there's an incredible hacker dolphin that plays an important role in the story and is treated as a leader.
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.
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