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Johnny Mnemonic (1995)

 -  Action | Crime | Sci-Fi  -  26 May 1995 (USA)
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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.

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Takahashi (as Takeshi)
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Anna Kalmann
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Yomamma
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Storyline

In 2021, the whole world is connected by the gigantic Internet, and almost a half of the population is suffering from the Nerve Attenuation Syndrome (NAS).Johnny with an inplanted memory chip in his brain was ordered to transport the over loaded information from Beijing to Newark. While Pharmakom Industries supported by yakuza tries to capture him to get the informaiton back, the Low-tech group led by J-Bone tries to break the missing code to download the cure of NAS which Johnny carries. Written by Miho Ishimine <mipo@mag.keio.ac.jp>

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Rated R for strong sci-fi violence, and for language | See all certifications »

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26 May 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fugitivo del futuro  »

Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$19,076,000 (USA)
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The film was shot on location in Canada, with Toronto and Montreal filling in for the film's Newark and Beijing settings. A number of local sites, including Toronto's Union Station and Montreal's skyline and Jacques Cartier Bridge, feature prominently. See more »

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The date on the screen in the New Darwin Inn reads "Thursday, 17 January 2021". January 17, 2021 will be a Sunday. See more »

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Anna Kalmann: Takahashi! Do you know what this man is carrying in his head? He's carrying the cure to NAS.
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References Escape from New York (1981) See more »

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ALEX DESCENDS INTO HELL FOR A BOTTLE OF MILK/KOROVA 1
Performed by Bono and The Edge
Written by Bono and The Edge
Produced and Arranged by Paul Barrett
Assisted by Ian Bryan
Mixed by Ingmar Kiang
Programming by Dave Clayton
Percussion by Noel Eccles
Boy Sopranos: Noel and Jerry O'Gorman
Recorded at STS Studios; Dublin
Published by Taiyo Music Inc. (JAPAN)
p1991 Island Records, Ltd.
Licensed courtesy of Island Records Ltd.
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One of those films that could (and should) have been better.
24 May 2003 | by (City of Dead Kings, Denmark) – See all my reviews

All things considered, this film probably does exactly what it sets out to do. Unfortunately the people behind it set their sights too low. There is so much movie-making potential in Gibsons writing, that this film could very easily have been both entertaining AND carried the depth of his literature. I was left with the feeling that Gibson thought: -"Well, this is going to be my one chance at getting my work on the big screen. So I'd better stick a little bit of everything I've made in it." Too many of the characters taken from his fiction get mistreated by the script: Ralfi, Molly Millions, the-guy-with-the-monowire-thumb, Johnny. Whereas the new ones, like Spider and the Street Preacher are much more entertaining. For example: One of the central ideas in the short story was that Johnny is "a very technical boy" - totally reliant on technology - and therefore actually needs Molly's muscle-power to protect him. Aside from one initial rescue, Johnny actually saves his own bodyguard more times than she helps him (with anything!) Maybe Keanu has a "Heroism Clause" of his own, like Kevin Kostner... :) A pleasant surprise though, was the appearance of Takeshi Kitano (even if it was a small part.)

My favourite scene is Johnnys rant on the rubbish heap. I know it is contrary to the intent of the scene, but I sympathise completely with his feelings. He had sacrificed something that most people hold sacred, in order to live a certain lifestyle, and it gets taken away from him completely undeservedly - no wonder he feels cheated.

If you really want Gibsonesque cyberpunk, go for _New Rose Hotel (1998) _ instead.


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