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Johnny Mnemonic (1995)

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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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Arthur Eng ...
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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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Taglines:

The hottest data on earth. In the coolest head in town. See more »


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

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Release Date:

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 "street preacher" being run over by Spider's van is clearly a dummy figure dressed as the character. See more »

Quotes

Johnny Mnemonic: Yeah, the Black Shakes. What causes it?
Spider: What causes it?
[points to various pieces of equipment throughout the room]
Spider: This causes it! This causes it! This causes it! Information overload! All the electronics around you poisoning the airwaves. Technological fucking civilization. But we still have all this shit, because we can't live without it. Let me do my work.
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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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Sad waste of potential
28 December 2014 | by (Poland) – See all my reviews

The film is based on William Gibson's short story "Johnny Mnemonic" and also draws heavily on his later novel "Virtual Light". In this film, Keanu Reeves plays a man who smuggles data from cyberspace. 4 years later Keanu Reeves starred as a computer hacker who learns about "The Matrix".

William Gibson is the writer of this movie and tries to shoehorn several of his concepts into the "Johnny Mnemonic" movie. The differences will probably annoy Gibsons fans. The biggest problem is that the movie feels like a bunch of ideas thrown together with no real connection. This is a movie with Yakuza killers , fanatic priest , a data decoding dolphin; some girl's soul stuck in a corporate computer system and laser whips. Some of them are cool and work , but most of them don't work at all. The story doesn't really tell anything deep or interesting about the future world.

The movie is badly directed by Robert Longo who isn't a professional director , but a… painter (!). Keanu Reeves can't act and the other actors (including raper Ice-T) are on his level of bad acting. There is one surprisingly good performance here – Dolph Lundgren who plays fanatic priest. He's a colorful , funny and memorable character , even if he feels out of place here.

There are some cool CGI special effects sowing "what is going inside in the Internet" , even if they feel pointless. The action elements are weak .

I give it 3/10. Better watch "Strange days" instead.


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