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!!