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Johnny Mnemonic (Bilingual) [Import]

Keanu Reeves , Dolph Lundgren , Robert Longo    R (Restricted)   DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
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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 since Gibson himself wrote the screenplay. First you have to ask yourself why valuable top-secret electronic data would be stored in the "wet-wired" brain of a human courier (played by Keanu Reeves), who then transports the data from China to New Jersey as part of his last, most dangerous assignment. Surely there are better ways to transmit sensitive information, but since this is really just a conventional thriller with near-future design and spiffy special effects, Gibson and New York artist Robert Longo (making his directorial debut) are more interested in surface gloss and cyberpunk atmosphere. On that level the movie's fairly engaging, and Japanese film star Takeshi Kitano makes a pretty good villain, tracking Reeves down for the information in his data-packed brain. The movie also boasts an eclectic gallery of supporting players including rapper Ice-T, performance artist and rocker Henry Rollins, beefcake actor Dolph Lundgren, and transcontinental oddball Udo Kier. They can't stop this trip through virtual reality from being botched up, but sci-fi fans will certainly enjoy the echo of Gibson's fiction that remains on the screen. --Jeff Shannon

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FULL SCREEN - FORMAT 1.33 - Au XXIe siècle, l'information, denrée rare, est au centre de toutes les convoitises. Au lieu d'utiliser les réseaux, trop peu sûrs, les multinationales préfèrent employer des cyber-coursiers, qui sont devenus le seul moyen de sécuriser le transport des données, stockées dans un recoin de leur cerveau. Johnny, un de ces livreurs, souhaite quitter ce métier et retrouver ainsi ses propres souvenirs, occultés par la faute de ce disque dur à l'intérieur de son crâne. Il accepte une dernière mission, qui, bien sûr, tourne mal. Amateurs de Matrix et autres Blade Runner, vous serez conquis : le futur proche et vraisemblable du film, la vision déshumanisée de cet univers hostile et les références informatiques nombreuses risquent en effet de déstabiliser les non-initiés, mais les puristes de l'anticipation s'y retrouveront parfaitement. Les références à l'amnésie et aux mangas sont légion et les effets sont impressionnants. Bref, du beau et vrai spectacle technologique, avec Keanu Reeves en tête d'affiche. --David Rault

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4.0 out of 5 stars Johnny Mnemonic dvd Bilingual import Oct. 31 2013
By Benoit
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
j'ai tout lue les commentaire avant d'acheter
et ce n'ai pas vrai qu'il n'y a pas de 16:9 dans cet copie du film
les personnes qui non pas d'autres format que 4:3
devrais revoir leur configuration de leur DVD ou Bluray et choisir
le format 16:9 et non sur l'automatique choix fait par l'appareil
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ghost in the Machine May 10 2004
By jabooth
Taken from William Gibson's short story of the same name, Johnny Mneumonic is perhaps the most underrated film of the 90's. Its definately a view more than once film. The flaws (and there are many) stem mainly from the tinkering of Sony who changed the
initial thrust of the film as well as the soundtrack from the
directors and the screenwriters original concept. Having done my homework on this film -- and having read the original screenplay and listened to the audiotape version of the original, the changes are significant. The glitch in the matrix of Johnny M came about after SPEED became a huge boxoffice success. What was meant to be a small art theater film became
overblown and distorted so that Sony could take advantage of Keanu Reeves, who was paid next to nothing for making this pic.
Sony's greed sank this film, with disastrous editing, post production scene re-shoots, early release, a bloated as campaign.
Still some of the original poetry still exists -- the cyber interface, the melding of machine and human (the ghost in the machine), and some knock out effects -- The short story can be
found in Gibson's Burning Chrome, or you can purchase the screenplay on line used. From the reviews it looks like it may become the cult classic that it deserves to be. And the Japanese version retains much more of the original flavor -- albeit still flawed, its a piece of work!!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Warning about this DVD Jan. 19 2011
By noyer
A Warning for those looking for a widescreen copy of this film: THIS DISC IS FULL FRAME. I know the amazon listing here states that it is in widescreen, but this is wrong, and it will not allow for a change to the specs without a url to back up the claim (although they could just check the product themselves to confirm).
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1.0 out of 5 stars NOT Widescreen Nov. 5 2011
By layer8
Ordered this DVD because I wanted the widescreen version of this movie but to my disappointment it is full screen (4:3 AR). Unfortunately I noticed the problem only after the return period had passed (I had filed the DVD away for watching later). I blame myself for not checking sooner but Amazon really dropped the ball - the aspect ratio is printed right on the DVD cover.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A See-It-Once Film April 12 2004
I don't recommend buying this DVD. It's the type of movie that you might watch and enjoy once or twice, but never again. The script and plot are both kind of bland -- a typical world-is-going-to-end sci-fi plot. Keanu Reeves also has a less-than-stellar performance, but it's not his fault -- the script really gave him nothing to work with.
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2.0 out of 5 stars One problem with this movie... March 28 2004
It's not Keanu Reeves' acting, but rather that the screenplay was written by the author of the short story. And it just doesn't seem to be up to the quality of most of his work. It is disappointing because it could have been much better.
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2.0 out of 5 stars The MATRIX it AIN'T March 28 2004
By A Customer
I actually liked this film when it came out but seeing it again this past week I was struck by how flat Reeves' performance was. He is so very good in "Speed" and in the "Matrix" films... but in this one, he is really weak and uninteresting... and knowing how good he can be, I can only blame the director. This was a good story, but poorly transcribed for the screen... and though the special effects were good for their day... those are pretty dated by todays standards. See either MATRIX film instead and leave it go at that.
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1.0 out of 5 stars WORST MOVIE EVER Feb. 19 2004
Words cannot describe the agony I experienced while watching this piece of crap. I would rather have 10 root canals then see ANY part of this junk again. Not only is the acting, plot, dialogue, and directing horrible - but in the end the whole world is run by a FREAKING DOLPHIN!!! A big plastic looking fake dolphin. I want my money back, I want a letter of apology from anyone even remotely involved with this film, and the executives who green lighted this crap should be fired. I wish I could give it a negative rating. This is THE worst movie I have EVER seen. Anyone who likes this movie must be really high or really dumb.
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