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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.

Director:

Robert Longo

Writers:

William Gibson (screenplay), William Gibson (short story)
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2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Keanu Reeves ... Johnny Mnemonic
Dina Meyer ... Jane
Ice-T ... J-Bone
Takeshi Kitano ... Takahashi (as Takeshi)
Denis Akiyama ... Shinji
Dolph Lundgren ... Street Preacher
Henry Rollins ... Spider
Barbara Sukowa ... Anna Kalmann
Udo Kier ... Ralfi
Tracy Tweed ... Pretty
Falconer Abraham Falconer Abraham ... Yomamma
Don Francks ... Hooky
Diego Chambers Diego Chambers ... Henson
Sherry Miller ... Takahashi's Secretary
Arthur Eng Arthur Eng ... Viet
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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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A pulse-pouding cyber-slam See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

26 May 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fugitivo del futuro See more »

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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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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

SDDS (8 channels)| Dolby | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Johnny apparently takes a Concorde to Newark, New Jersey. In real-life, the Concordes were retired in 2003. See more »

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The street preacher's wardrobe changes between shots when the character is impaling Jane's palms. 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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Alternate Versions

The Japanese version (director's cut) is rather different from the international re-edited cut. It runs ca. 10 minutes longer (the additional scenes focus mostly on Takeshi Kitano's character Takahashi), some additional scenes are intact whereas they were committed in the other version), in other scenes different camera angles were used. It also has a different score composed by Mychael Danna (Brad Fiedel was brought on later re-score the picture) and more violence. See more »

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Referenced in Filmography: Keanu Reeves (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

VIRUS
Performed by KMFDM
Written by Sascha Konietzko, En Esch and Svet Am p1994 KMFDM
Enterprises US (BMI) / Freibank (ROW)
Produced and Mixed by KMFDM Inc.
KMFDM appears courtesy of Wax Trax! Records Inc. / TVT Records
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Why do I keep coming back to this movie?
8 October 2003 | by m0rg16See all my reviews

I saw half of this movie on television once, and since I am a avid sci-fi fan, the story intrigued me. A couple of weeks later I went out to pick up a copy of this movie for myself, and ever since I've been watching it every now and then. Not every month, but at least once every 4 or 5 months. Sometimes more. There's just something about it that I like. Well, lets start from the beginning:

It is the year 2021 and the world has been taken over by large coorporations that do pretty much what they want to. Most of them are out to make money, however, and will do anything to achieve that goal. One of these coorporations is PharmaCom, a coorporation that deals in medicine and exists pretty much all over the world. From Beijing to Newark. 'Johnny' is a Mnemonic courier who carries an implant in his brain which allows him to carry a large amount of data there. But when he accepts a job where he is overloaded with data, he is not only experiencing trouble with getting rid of the data, but also finds that several bounty hunters and crime organizations are after his head and the information stored within. Over 24 hours he jumps around in the city of Newark, trying to find a way to get rid of the data and the bounty hunters.

A touch in this movie that many might recognize from the film 'The Matrix' is that in this movie they tend to hook themselves up to the internet, which has become a virtual reality like, àlà The Lawnmower man. But in the end of the film, Keanu's character completly hooks himself up to the internet for a short amount of time, walking around in it and controlling his actions as if he was in another world. Pretty much like he did in the Matrix. Wierd, huh?

The film presents a very interesting vision of the future. Coorporations, crime syndicates, virtual-reality, futuristic weapons and the like. The sets look authentic and the look and feel of the film is top-notch. The music seems to fit the mood at all times, too, which is a big plus. The characters are likeable and unique in their own way, but with one exception. Keanu Reeves plays 'Johnny' without any life or energy put into it and delivers his lines flat and in the most boring way. His worst acting job ever? Perhaps. You could tell he didn't like this movie very much.

Overall, its a very interesting sci-fi flick which has its ups and downs. The upsides is the setting, the music, the vision of the future etc. etc. while the downsides are Keanu Reeve's acting and sometimes lack of interest in what happens next in the movie. I give it a 7/10.


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