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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Johnny Mnemonic
... Jane
... J-Bone
... Takahashi (as Takeshi)
Denis Akiyama ... Shinji
... Street Preacher
... Spider
... Anna Kalmann
... Ralfi
... Pretty
Falconer Abraham ... Yomamma
... Hooky
Diego Chambers ... Henson
... Takahashi's Secretary
Arthur Eng ... Viet
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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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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,420,152, 29 May 1995

Gross USA:

$19,076,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$33,300,000
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1.85 : 1
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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). Kilmer later played Chris Shilerhis in Heat (1995), a role that Keanu Reeves was in early talks for, but ultimately turned down. 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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Jane: [Johnny successfully picks a lock to a door of an electronic store] Where did you learn to do that?
Johnny Mnemonic: Had a summer job breaking and entering.
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References Alphaville (1965) See more »

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Performed by Helmet
Written by Page Hamilton, Henry Bogdan and John Stanier
Published by Sony songs, Inc. / Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. / Ver Music / Headlift Music / Angry Young Martian Music / Killdevil Music (BMI)
Produced and Mixed by Helmet and Simon Eferney
Engineered by Matt Howe
Recorded and Mixed at Metropolis Studios; London
Helmet appears courtesy of Interscope Records
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A Surprisingly Well Made Piece of Dark Sci-Fi
18 July 2011 | by 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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