Johnny Mnemonic Reviews

  • Jan 08, 2019

    Johnny Mnemonic is a failure of epic proportions. First and foremost Keanu Reeves is not the right choice for this film. He is bland and although in the right role(such as in The Matrix) he can be good, here he is totally miscast. Johnny Mnemonic is trying to be a Blade Runner for the '90s, using cyber-space as its playground. The main problem is the script, which is as dumb as action stories get. Just because a film takes place in a futuristic setting doesn't mean that all logic and coherence have to go out the window. Above all, why should we care whether Johnny's head explodes when Reeves' performance fails to spark any empathy for his character? Johnny Mnemonic is brash, flashy, and loud, but it lacks a few key ingredients -- namely heart, soul, and intelligence. Rent Blade Runner instead. 3/10 (Badly cast, bad screenplay and just a bad film).

    Johnny Mnemonic is a failure of epic proportions. First and foremost Keanu Reeves is not the right choice for this film. He is bland and although in the right role(such as in The Matrix) he can be good, here he is totally miscast. Johnny Mnemonic is trying to be a Blade Runner for the '90s, using cyber-space as its playground. The main problem is the script, which is as dumb as action stories get. Just because a film takes place in a futuristic setting doesn't mean that all logic and coherence have to go out the window. Above all, why should we care whether Johnny's head explodes when Reeves' performance fails to spark any empathy for his character? Johnny Mnemonic is brash, flashy, and loud, but it lacks a few key ingredients -- namely heart, soul, and intelligence. Rent Blade Runner instead. 3/10 (Badly cast, bad screenplay and just a bad film).

  • Nov 10, 2018

    Who will tough this 97 movie will predict exactly what we living today with wifi & Microwave signals in the air and the mental disorders, great plot, funny in many ways, its a gold piece, ahead of its time, bearly understanded, remake will be great!

    Who will tough this 97 movie will predict exactly what we living today with wifi & Microwave signals in the air and the mental disorders, great plot, funny in many ways, its a gold piece, ahead of its time, bearly understanded, remake will be great!

  • Apr 03, 2018

    The 90's at its best/worst! Its a great cult classic.

    The 90's at its best/worst! Its a great cult classic.

  • Feb 03, 2018

    Great movie, classic 90's action goodness.

    Great movie, classic 90's action goodness.

  • Feb 01, 2018

    For a movie about futuristic technology, tech at the time simply wasn't up to the task of representing William Gibson's imagination. Ripe for re-imagination now, tho.

    For a movie about futuristic technology, tech at the time simply wasn't up to the task of representing William Gibson's imagination. Ripe for re-imagination now, tho.

  • Jan 04, 2018

    Three stars for a critic-destroyed piece of garbage? Yes, because this cyberpunk movie has a lot to give. I think that this is the experiment before Matrix's worldwide success. Even the main actor is the same: Keanu Reeves, in one of his not-very-well actings. I mean that the acting is not very convincing and maybe it could have been represented much better. After that, it is important to say that in this motion picture there are too many special effects: in some scenes they're so many that I almost had a headache. One of this movie's original and well-thought aspects is the plot, a typical cyberpunk one: in 2021 world, Johnny is an informatic delivery man, he stores lots of data and information in his brain with special items; he has to deliver 320 GB of data from Pekin to Newark, while his brain's maximum capacity is less than 200 GB. Anyway, he does accept this job because he needs money. But, because of a coding error, he knows what type of information he's transporting: these are the cure for a mortal disease, called "nerve attenuation syndrome", caused by technology overusing. This cure has been discovered by Pharmakom, a multinational company, who hasn't revealed it yet: they want to propose the patients a life cure, so patients will pay for the rest of their lives. While Johnny is in Newark, the Yakuza (the society who has stolen the data) is pursuing him. He eventually meets Jane, a girl with NAS. She knows how to help Johnny so she brings him to Spider, an ex-doctor, who helps Johnny by sending him to the headquarters of the Resistance. There a dolphin, called Johnson, controls every single camera the Resistance has stolen and cracked. While they are emptying Johnny's brain, the Yakuza breaks into the building so after a tough struggle Johnny manages to empty his memory and cure Jane with the data he was carrying. So the plot isn't silly or nonsense, it's actually a good one. So all in all, the only thing that this dark star needs to bright, is a more convincing acting. Despite that (and, perhaps, the headache-inducing special effects) "Johnny Mnemonic" is a good movie, who has been the first to show a future cyber world, maybe without the same fortune as Matrix.

    Three stars for a critic-destroyed piece of garbage? Yes, because this cyberpunk movie has a lot to give. I think that this is the experiment before Matrix's worldwide success. Even the main actor is the same: Keanu Reeves, in one of his not-very-well actings. I mean that the acting is not very convincing and maybe it could have been represented much better. After that, it is important to say that in this motion picture there are too many special effects: in some scenes they're so many that I almost had a headache. One of this movie's original and well-thought aspects is the plot, a typical cyberpunk one: in 2021 world, Johnny is an informatic delivery man, he stores lots of data and information in his brain with special items; he has to deliver 320 GB of data from Pekin to Newark, while his brain's maximum capacity is less than 200 GB. Anyway, he does accept this job because he needs money. But, because of a coding error, he knows what type of information he's transporting: these are the cure for a mortal disease, called "nerve attenuation syndrome", caused by technology overusing. This cure has been discovered by Pharmakom, a multinational company, who hasn't revealed it yet: they want to propose the patients a life cure, so patients will pay for the rest of their lives. While Johnny is in Newark, the Yakuza (the society who has stolen the data) is pursuing him. He eventually meets Jane, a girl with NAS. She knows how to help Johnny so she brings him to Spider, an ex-doctor, who helps Johnny by sending him to the headquarters of the Resistance. There a dolphin, called Johnson, controls every single camera the Resistance has stolen and cracked. While they are emptying Johnny's brain, the Yakuza breaks into the building so after a tough struggle Johnny manages to empty his memory and cure Jane with the data he was carrying. So the plot isn't silly or nonsense, it's actually a good one. So all in all, the only thing that this dark star needs to bright, is a more convincing acting. Despite that (and, perhaps, the headache-inducing special effects) "Johnny Mnemonic" is a good movie, who has been the first to show a future cyber world, maybe without the same fortune as Matrix.

  • Dec 26, 2017

    An unusual idea at the time and a film that should have been a whole lot better. This film is just plain bad. It is not even a guilty pleasure trip. The biggest problem here is the direction. It sucks all the fun out of the movie and although a lot of people blamed Keanu's acting, I think it is all from behind the scenes. Keanu Reeves would go on to shine in a similar movie, namely the Matrix, so he can't take all the blame. Other than Henry Rollins and Dolph Lundgren, who is wasted as a scary villain, the acting is poor throughout. The sets look cheap and the film has no identity. It is trying to be something it is not from start to finish and is a hodge-podge of ideas from better Sci-fi films.

    An unusual idea at the time and a film that should have been a whole lot better. This film is just plain bad. It is not even a guilty pleasure trip. The biggest problem here is the direction. It sucks all the fun out of the movie and although a lot of people blamed Keanu's acting, I think it is all from behind the scenes. Keanu Reeves would go on to shine in a similar movie, namely the Matrix, so he can't take all the blame. Other than Henry Rollins and Dolph Lundgren, who is wasted as a scary villain, the acting is poor throughout. The sets look cheap and the film has no identity. It is trying to be something it is not from start to finish and is a hodge-podge of ideas from better Sci-fi films.

  • Nov 21, 2017

    Can they remake this movie already? Same with Virtuosity.

    Can they remake this movie already? Same with Virtuosity.

  • Sep 29, 2017

    Ah, the 90s... when virtual reality and this newfangled thing called “the internet” led to a number of crappy Hollywood thrillers: Lawnmower Man, The Net, Virtuosity, and this Keanu Reeves-led dud. It looks tacky and cheap, like an attempt at a futuristic thriller from the 80s. The acting is wooden. It’s rated R, but has PG-13 sensibilities. And it wastes any camp value. You’ve got to take advantage of casting Dolph Lundgren as a character called “Street Preacher.”

    Ah, the 90s... when virtual reality and this newfangled thing called “the internet” led to a number of crappy Hollywood thrillers: Lawnmower Man, The Net, Virtuosity, and this Keanu Reeves-led dud. It looks tacky and cheap, like an attempt at a futuristic thriller from the 80s. The acting is wooden. It’s rated R, but has PG-13 sensibilities. And it wastes any camp value. You’ve got to take advantage of casting Dolph Lundgren as a character called “Street Preacher.”

  • Apr 04, 2017

    Yeah, it's terrible, but when it came out I was a kid and the concepts were fascinating to me. I was very entertained and less critical of what I watched.

    Yeah, it's terrible, but when it came out I was a kid and the concepts were fascinating to me. I was very entertained and less critical of what I watched.