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Johnny is used to carrying around large chunks of information by downloading it straight into his brain and is well paid for it, but this time he has downloaded too much data and his brain will turn to mush unless he can get it out soon. Our hero ends up in a race against time and whilst he tries to save himself he encounters a resistance movement who have their own interest in the information he carries.
This is good fun. There are some interesting ideas (as you would expect from cyber-punk author turned screenwriter William Gibson) and they are well executed. The story itself is a bit daft but watchable and the actors do a fine job.
This is not a film that will change your life or make you gasp at its amazing vision of the future, but accept it for what it is, simple sci-fi escapism, and you should enjoy it.
Don't buy it expecting to see something similar to The Matrix, though. This is completely different story and style-wise. The only thing they have in common is Mr Reeves.
Reeves is a high tech courier, delivering information for the Japanese mafia in a chip embedded in his skull. On the run from high tech corporations and the yakuza he encounters low tech freedom fighters and talking dolphins, in the kind of city where you'd expect Snake Plissken to walk round the corner any minute.
It's great fun. And if Keanu Reeves is your bag, you'll enjoy it. As a cyberpunk tale it's pretty good, but as a movie it's just not as good as you'd hope for. Plot holes and dreadful dialogue mean it just can't rise to the occasion.
Nevertheless, I'll be queueing up for the DVD :-)
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