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This is a terrible bit of miscasting for the principal character "Johnny". Instead of playing him how he read, as a jaded nihilist in search of a big score to elevate himself out of the fray, Keanu Reeves comes across as a spoiled petulant stoner brat. I'd love to see this get re-booted with a Christopher Nolan treatment, that would do justice to William Gibson's vision of a proto cyber-punk dystopia...although yes, Henry Rollins was and always will be awesome.
Henry Rollins is awesome.
love that summery @darthintrepid, very accurate
Johnny Mnemonic made cyberpunk cool.
Not long after this movie was made, it hooked up with another movie, Virtuosity. After a crazy night that neither fully remember, they each returned to their alphabetically listed place on the DVD rack. Four years later, their love child made it's public debut. It's name? 'The Matrix'.
Ice-T haha YES!
What can I say about Johnny Mnemonic that hasn't already been said? Hmm...

The script is badly written, and the actors (some of whom I think are great usually) are all horrible. Keanu Reeves is the kind of actor who needs a great script to be even somewhat good in a movie - here he had a bad script, and stunk up the joint worse than a rotten egg. Dina Meyer is a lovely girl, but even her beauty couldn't hide the fact that she had to say so many crappy lines. I've always hated Dolph Lundgren with a passion (no clue why) and he was.....surprisingly ok in this film; granted, he didn't have much to do, but he did it ok. Henry Rollins (cool guy) and Ice-T (another cool guy) were good in supporting roles.

The ending (with it's fake Oh No! scare) is laughable, as is the "romance". So predictable, it's painful.

The only reason this piece of crap didn't get a 0/10 is for two things. One, Henry Rollins is a cool-as-shit guy; and two, some of the movie was so bad it's funny. Not most of it, I assure you.

Johnny Mnemonic is probably the worst movie I've ever seen...I can't believe I used to like it! :eek: :rotten:
Wow! A sci-fi Keanu movie and I still hadn't seen it until last Saturday night! Don't have much time to review but here goes...this is all in all a great movie. The setting is extremely fun and creative, especially with the LoTeks, which is a clan rebelling against the government. They have an elaborate headquarters made from old ship that's really beautifully constructed. The sequences where Johnny is in "virtual reality" are absolutely awe-inspiring. The extent of the detail in which the future setting is painted is not as much as, say, Minority Report, but it's still pretty cool. The acting and the dialogue was laughable at times (but Keanu's acting was perfect :P). Other than that, it was quite an awsome movie!
This movie is so bad that it was actually funny to watch. Every character is just stupid. Not cast very well either, I'm probably the only person who thinks Reeves is good in some roles: Matrix, Bill & Ted's, and Speed, And Ice-T is perfect on Law & Order:SVU, But their characters in this film are just not them. And what the hell was Dolph Lundgren doing, his character is like a lunatic preacher, who for some reason wants to kill everybody, the only movie Lundgren was good in was Rocky IV. Anyway it was a cool concept but it was just made stupidly. It's good for a laugh cause it's so bad, 4 on 10.
:rotten: 1.25/10
Every day I'm going to be posting a new movie from my top 53 favorites list. Please be aware this is a favorites list, and not a best of list. Thus, movies you see on my list (like the one for today) will not all be Oscar-winning, or critically-acclaimed masterpieces. They're movies that I enjoy and that's the bottom line.

Johnny Mnemonic (1995)
Directed by: Robert Longo



Johnny Mnemonic is a weaker version of "The Matrix", put out a couple years before, yet staring the same actor. While the movie is most definitely lacking in places, and earning the rocks being thrown at it, I still love it. It's a guilty pleasure for me.

The visuals are very dark and grungy in that mid 90's kind of apocalyptic future kind of way. For example, if you've seen Escape From L.A., the environment is a lot like that.

What I really enjoy about this film is Keanu Reeves as the movie's main character, who trots around with a nice suit and tie, but with an upgraded memory storage device in his brain that holds the cure for terrible disease called NAS. Problem is, if he goes on much longer without help, he's going to die because the size of the data is too great for his body to handle. Wanna know how he gets that data into his brain? A little finger nail-sized disc that slides into his head. Neato.

I also really like the Street Preacher, played by whom other than Dolph Lundgren (yeah, it's that kind of movie) who's this preacher of God who hasn't a human bone in his body (read: nano implants, etc.). So Keanu is running around while a robot preacher and a Japanese guy - with a laser piano wire thingy that he pulls from a contraption on his thumb and uses it to slash people in half - are chasing him to get that data in his head.

As if Dolph wasn't enough to put this film into B-moviedom, yep, Ice-T plays a poor revolutionary named J-Bone that hacks into broadcasts and such to bring the corporate giants that run the country down. Keanu joins up with J-Bone, and also Black Flag/Rollins Band lead-singer Henry Rollins, who is a smart doctor who could be the only cure for Keanu's ailments.

Lots of neato stuff happens, even a trip into the virtual world that looks cut and pasted right from the film cells of Lawnmower Man and especially its shitty sequel.

Like I said, Mnemonic is a guilty pleasure that is sort of the epitome of grungy post-apocalyptic trash before CGI came around and made worse trash look better by comparison.

And with that I leave you with one of my favorite quotes:

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, and the fucking last month's newspapers blowing *back* and *forth*. I've had it with them, I've had it with you, I've had it with ALL THIS - *I want ROOM SERVICE*! I want the club sandwich, I want the cold Mexican beer, I want a $10,000-a-night hooker! I want my shirts laundered... like they do... at the Imperial Hotel... in Tokyo.