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Johnny Mnemonic (1995)

R  |   |  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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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  »

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Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$19,076,000 (USA)
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Val Kilmer was originally set to star, but left the project after he was offered the role of Batman in Batman Forever (1995). See more »

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When Spider has Johnny in the chair in the hospital as Jane looks on, the camera encircles all three. As the camera passes behind Spider, you clearly see the camera's shadow on Spider's back as it slowly swoops by. See more »

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Johnny Mnemonic: What the fuck is going on? WHAT THE FUCK IS GOING ON? You know, all my life, I've been careful to stay in my own corner. Looking out for Number One... no complications. Now, suddenly, I'm responsible for the *entire fucking world*, and everybody and his mother is trying to kill me, IF... IF... my head doesn't blow up first.
Jane: Maybe it's not just about you any more.
Johnny Mnemonic: Listen. You listen to me. You see that city over there? THAT'S where I'm supposed to be. Not down here with the dogs, and the garbage...
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I LOVE MY PARENTS
Performed by Buckethead
Written by Buckethead
Published by katella Music (BMI)
Produced by Bill Laswell
Engineered by Oz Fritz
Recorded at Greenpoint Studio; Brooklyn, NY
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A Surprisingly Well Made Piece of Dark Sci-Fi
18 July 2011 | by (Newport, Rhode Island, USA) – See all my reviews

Usually when you watch a sci-fi film, the first half usually piques your interest only to sink into a confusing and badly written second half ("Star Trek V" comes to mind.). "Johnny Mnemonic" has the unique distinction of having a rather bad first half being saved by the second half. There were moments of badly delivered lines and situations, which I fully blame the director for. There were cuts where the demeanor of Keanu Reeves changed confusingly. Again I blame the director and continuity supervisor. There was, IMHO, more gore than necessary. But that's a matter of taste. And, to make matters worse, I wasn't sure of what I was watching.

There was a LOT of good things about the movie. It told a sci-fi story about a dark and bleak future....somewhat similar to "Blade Runner". And it did it well. There were an amazing amount of sets, extras, and really well done computer effects. There was even one really well filmed shot in a hospital that reminded me of the long scene from "Gone With The Wind" showing the dead and dying in the Atlanta train yard. Many of the secondary actors (especially Henry Rollins as "Spider" and Ice-T as "J-Bone") were surprisingly good and helped to raise my rating of the film from an initial 4.0 to an overall 7.0 rating.

If you aren't into a lot of foul language and/or gore, I'd steer clear of this film. But if you want to see a surprisingly well made piece of dark sci-fi, this is a film worth giving a chance to watch.


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