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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun sci-fi
There is alot to like in this film, but if you can't bear Keanu Reeves don't waste your time, the film completely revolves around his space age courier.
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...
Published on 17 Mar 2004

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars For cyberpunk and Keanu Reeves fans, but maybe not for all
With cyberpunk master William Gibson penning both the script and the short story it came from, you'd be expecting great things from this movie. And if you've seen The Matrix, you know Reeves can do cyberpunk. Does this live up to your expectations?
Reeves is a high tech courier, delivering information for the Japanese mafia in a chip embedded in his skull. On the run...
Published on 27 Mar 2001 by Kevin Davidson


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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun sci-fi, 17 Mar 2004
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This review is from: Johnny Mnemonic [1996] [DVD] (DVD)
There is alot to like in this film, but if you can't bear Keanu Reeves don't waste your time, the film completely revolves around his space age courier.
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars dated but interesting, 12 Mar 2014
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The special affects are dated and Keanu Reeves does what he does in every film but it's interesting because of the involvement of William Gibson. Until the long awaited Nuromancer film appears there are few film representations of Gibson's view of the future.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars For cyberpunk and Keanu Reeves fans, but maybe not for all, 27 Mar 2001
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Kevin Davidson (Livingston, West Lothian United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
With cyberpunk master William Gibson penning both the script and the short story it came from, you'd be expecting great things from this movie. And if you've seen The Matrix, you know Reeves can do cyberpunk. Does this live up to your expectations?
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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Blu Ray Buyer Info, 6 April 2013
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The Neon Weasel (England) - See all my reviews
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Not going to comment on the film other than to say I love it,for my sins,this is just to let anyone thinking of upgrading their DVD to a Blu Ray know.You will need a region free player to play it on,as the disc is Region A locked.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Our Brain is a USB key looking for its USB plug, 9 Aug 2008
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This review is from: Johnny Mnemonic [1996] [DVD] (DVD)
A fascinating film that brings together several genres and also several influences. First the technical level of virtual reality and computerized graphics. Interesting though not exceptionally original (see for one example The Lawnmower Man). Second the Japanese, Chinese, Honk Kong, Kung Fu type of action.

There it is in a way renewed because it is grafted onto, into or under another type of post-apocalyptic vision that is typically American: underground resistance (with one of the archetypes being the Terminator trilogy, or The Running Man) or people who refuse the modern slavery imposed by the corporate trust that governs and controls the world, through dependence on data-processing machines that create a nervous disorder that is both incurable and catching. The models of this underground vision are numerous. Here he sets it in the guts of an old decaying bridge, so over-ground and over-water, in between two banks it does not join any more. Great.

The film adds to that a small dose of brain manipulation, mind torturing with elements that have been made famous by The Matrix trilogy for example. The most original element is that the brain is used as a data transporting device that cannot be hacked or pirated since it is not going through a digital network. And the last load of data comes from China (the future of the world?) though it is ridden with riots and rioting crowds (the anti-Chinese-communist element?) and has to be taken to the USA, Newark mind you, to be offered to the world for its own salvation by the underground resistance (the American boy-scout do-good syndrome?).

Then the other interesting elements are more isolated elements here and there than structuring elements. The dolphin that this poor Johnny obstinately calls a fish is a nice piece of animal and mammal lore that makes the dolphin the saving intercessor of humanity. The criminal Christian preacher who crucifies his victims in the name of Jesus and God is a wink against the fake Christians who are selfish and interested, even greedy in money and power bigots. And the final liberation with a final scene of natural vegetation and landscape with real natural colors is very similar to the end of the third Matrix.

But this time the intercessor, messenger or courier did not have to be sacrificed and he finds a new lease in life with some restored memory. Interesting indeed, but within a full background without which it looks slightly dry and sterile.

Dr Jacques COULARDEAU
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very underrated!, 3 Jun 2014
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Bought this out of curiosity and found it very good.

Strangely I've only heard it being quite bad but maybe thats because I'm watching this with an open mind and not familiar with the Cyberpunk setting as others are.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sci-fi Keanu, 18 April 2014
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Great Keanu Reeves futuristic film. Recommend to other sci-fi fans and Keanu Reeves fans and ahead of it's time in 1996 for special effects.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars An Attempt, 28 Mar 2011
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Joseph Smith "jobo" (englande) - See all my reviews
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Whilst we all know Keanu's best stint in the world of cyber-punk came with the Matrix, few, or at least not me until recently, know of this attempt written by the daddy himself, William Gibson.
Reaves has always been good at keeping it cool, but here his ability to even do that is brought into question. Not only does Reavse's character break down through the coarse of the narrative but his acting also starts to tear the fabric of the fiction. This is not helped by the films dialogue, which well it might work in Gibson's books and stories (this film is based on one of them)does little to help us relate to, or even believe in these characters' plight.
Outside of this, the world of the fiction is also near breaking point. Environments are jumbled and the transition between these worlds seems jumpy. The representation of the Internet - a very Gibsonian representation - is brilliant, and perhaps the best thing this film has going, but even this doesn't feel entirely integrated.
A part from the internet Dolph Lundgren also provides a high point as the cybernetic bringer of salvation, a kind of religious nut-case who goes around killing people for money.
This film feels like a real attempt to bring Gibson's complex sprawl to life. A very hard task indeed and unfortunatly this film fails on most fronts.
If you are a fan of Gibson then go for this film as you may find it of interest, but don't expect to see that beautiful receeding city - this film just doesn't hit its mark.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Arrived, 1 Feb 2014
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mandy "pandasue58" (cambridge, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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Arrived as stated have not had the time to watch just yet but do believe it's what I wanted thank you
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars quality review, 21 Jan 2014
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good quality and played well with no problems. i had no issues of any kind when i used this product
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