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Johnny Mnemonic
Johnny Mnemonic
Actors: Keanu Reeves, Dolph Lundgren, Dina Meyer, Ice-T, Takeshi Kitano
Director: Robert Longo
Genres: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy
R     1hr 36min

You might be tempted to call it "Johnny Moronic" after you've seen this illogical and derivative adaptation of William Gibson's cyberpunk short story (available in his book Burning Chrome), which is all the more depressing...  more »

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Actors: Keanu Reeves, Dolph Lundgren, Dina Meyer, Ice-T, Takeshi Kitano
Director: Robert Longo
Creators: François Protat, Don Carmody, Jean Desormeaux, Robert Lantos, Staffan Ahrenberg, Victoria Hamburg, William Gibson
Genres: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Sub-Genres: Dolph Lundgren, Keanu Reeves, Science Fiction
Format: DVD
Original Release Date: 05/26/1995
Theatrical Release Date: 05/26/1995
Run Time: 1hr 36min
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 1
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English, Japanese

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Movie Reviews

Does not YET know kung-fu
Jason | Backwater, Alabama | 09/30/2010
(2 out of 5 stars)

"The problem with Keanu, as always, is if the delivery method isn't close to an archetype role (e.g. slightly high student, moronic cop/bus-rider, submoronic cop/surfer), then the acting requires charisma or leadership, not "Whoa" and "I know kung-fu." The result is atrocious acting (e.g. lawyer, Buddha, quarterback). In this cyberpunk adaptation that serves as a warm up to his performances in the Matrix series, Keanu Reeves plays Johnny, not only one of humanity's last chances, but also - a more egregious concept - that he has the mental capacity to act as a high-tech mnemonic courier, a rare breed who has the memory space to download top secret, encrypted data and transport it without corruption or degradation (i.e. synaptic seepage). All this while avoiding a cybernetic incognito Dolph Lundgren, the Yakuza, Ice-T, and the acting black hole they create collectively along with Henry Rollins, who all want the contents of Johnny's brain.

Essentially this movie, with its Lawnmower Man special effects and its remedial script, is one of the worst ever acted, and believe it or not, a plastic dolphin (i.e. the brains behind the action) probably steals the show. The dolphin's character, however, is some genius level entity controlling the entire, like an aquatic architect. It's funny because the thing looks generic, and if the world were actually controlled by a semi-omnipotent Flipper Hawking, I'm sure there would be fewer digital couriers and more cod fishermen. "Bring me Mr. Gorton's head on a stick!"

In the end there is a reason this movie is utterly forgettable. The concept is good, but the choices of timing and lead role - there is a reason why most call it Johnny Moronic - were both as horrendous as a playground overlooking the Grand Canyon. Pass on this sci-fi misfire unless you're a masochist with disposable income.

Jason Elin"