Johnny Mnemonic

1995

Johnny Mnemonic

Critics Consensus

As narratively misguided as it is woefully miscast, Johnny Mnemonic brings the '90s cyberpunk thriller to inane new whoas -- er, lows.

13%

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Total Count: 30

31%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 51,841
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Movie Info

This Canadian sci-fi action feature is set in the grim, heavily computerized future. It is the tale of Johnny, a young man with a computer chip implanted in his head. The chip contains a wealth of top-secret information that he must smuggle from Japan to the US. He is pursued by an evil yakuza who wants the information for his own mega-corporation. Johnny evades him and makes it to the Free City of Newark where he is to be downloaded. He must hurry because if the information isn't removed soon, his head will explode. While in Newark, he is chased by a loin-cloth wearing villain who wants his head, which he will keep alive until the information has been retrieved. In the end, Johnny's information is successfully downloaded amid spectacular computer-generated graphics.

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Cast

Dolph Lundgren
as Street Preacher
Ice-T
as J-Bone
Udo Kier
as Ralfi
Takeshi Kitano
as Takahashi
Sherry Miller
as Takahashi's Secretary
Victoria Tengelis
as Pharmakom Receptionist
Warren Sulatycky
as Yakuza Operator
Celina Wu
as Mikiyo
Gene Mack
as Laslo
Simon Sinn
as Man in Hotel Lobby
Caitlin Carmody
as Twin in Hotel Lobby
Erin Carmody
as Twin in Hotel Lobby
Douglas O'Keeffe
as Pharmakom Security
Marlow Vella
as Lotek Kid
Lynne Adams
as Rocket Launcher Yakuza
Mike Shearer
as Yakuza Partner
Susan Tsagkaris
as Opera Singer
Christopher Comrie
as Beijing Riot Newscaster
Robin Crosby
as Girl in Hotel Room
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Critic Reviews for Johnny Mnemonic

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (6)

Audience Reviews for Johnny Mnemonic

  • Dec 03, 2014
    Atrociously awful, Johnny Mnemonic is a crazy, unintelligible mess. Starring Keanu Reeves, Dina Meyer, and Dolph Lundgren, the cast is pretty decent, but the performances are terrible. And the story is cliched and trite; a courier is given a secret file and several factions chase after him in order to recover the information. But the worst part of the film is the future tech, which makes no sense whatsoever and is incredibly dumb. Also, special effects (particularly the computer graphics) are poorly done and only make things more confusing. Truly a horrendous piece of filmmaking, Johnny Mnemonic is a bizarre and absurd cyberpunk thriller.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 06, 2010
    I should really re-watch this movie before writing about it, I barely remember it...
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • May 29, 2010
    By far, this is one of the worst movies to ever exist. Not only does it beat out Waterworld and Battlefield Earth, it makes them look good in comparison. This has a crazy and incoherent plot that never has a purpose or message, when I'm sure there was supposed to be one. Aside from a few bizarre line deliveries from Keanu Reeves, it can't even be enjoyed. The effects are just out of control and some of the haircuts and styles, Johnny's in particular, are completely bonkers.
    Conner R Super Reviewer
  • Feb 01, 2010
    Am I the only person on the planet who likes this film?! Of course, dystopian films are among my favourite genres, but, that aside, I still think this is a really great, imaginative, clever & well-plotted film. Why does everyone else think it is such crap? Maybe I simply have no sense of humour.....I don't know. I only watched it for the first time in late-2009 & had never heard of it before. I assumed it was a new release & I just had not read any of the pre-release hype. By the 1st 10-15 minutes, I found myself wondering whether this was a Philip K Dick story that I had not known about. Imagine my utter surprise & disbelief when I discovered that it was made back in 1995!!!!! Why had I never heard of it? How had I missed it?....I still don't know the answer. Anyway, my only advice is to give it a go & try to ignore anything you have ever heard about this film. It MAY make a difference to your experience.
    mirabella 1 Super Reviewer

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