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on January 19, 2011
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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on June 21, 2002
Johnny Mnemonic is a courier of confidential information. You would think he would carry it in a briefcase, but no, he stores it in his head. He's a walking computer and many Japanese gangsters are willing to kill him to get the information. What is he carrying? You'll find out at the end. From Japan to New Jersey, he runs into Henry Rollins (the singer!), Dina Meyer (Starship Trooper) and Ice-T! What a cast! Whoa, I forgot to mention that Keanu Reeves plays the human computer. There are funny scenes with a ninja using a laser string from this thumb. It was comedy how he used it. Dolph Lundgren (underrated deity) plays a psycho preacher who yells, "Halt sinnas!" It was hilarity when Henry Rollins hit him with a big rig. Oh, the streams pouring down my face with laughter! I recommend this cyberpunk science fiction movie to any fan of the comedy genre.
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on June 16, 1999
It has to be said that when they open the annals of the worlds most underrated movies this will be at the top of the list. Keanu is well cast as JMn - some would say bereft of personality but I think that's missing the point, he's cool and professional, just as he should be. Ice-T plays the beleagured yet passionate freedom fighter with gusto and Dolph excellent as a twisted cyborg with a religious fixation. Everyone else is more than adequate in their roles. The plot is more subtle than the instant, intense visuals let on (and this is where a lot of people seem to trip up as they do not see past the cheese) and the movie stands up well to multiple viewings which is what you want from a video. All in all, a great package for any sci-fi fan and a must for Gibsonette's. Buy.
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on May 10, 1999
For those worried that Hollywood put this one out, rest assured the movie is purely Canadian. Made by a Canadian studio, with a Canadian star (yeah, Keanu is unfrotunately for me to admit, a Canadian) and it's based (ever so LOOSELY) on a book by a Canadian author. What someone forgot to do was look in on the production and see where it's director was spending the Canadian money, because it wasn't on the movie. The company up here that made it is more used to making some artsy movies (and they never have to worry) than an action flick, and I guess that's why this movie sometimes feels like it's trying to be artsy. But it makes no sense, it's dialogue is bad and it just goes on and on. The only cool thing was that guy with the whip. Even David Cronenberg couldn't have helped this one.
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on October 23, 1998
A disappointing treatment of a Cyperpunk classic, Johnny Mnemonic tries too hard and in doing so completely fails to impress. The dark, oppresive atmosphere of William Gibson's future comes across rather well only to be spoiled by blunt and unimaginative acting. The special effect sequences suffer the same fate and come across more like a poor advertisement for the land of tomorrow than an accurate depiction of Gibson's view of the Internet of the future. All in all the movie's a real let down and there's more to be gained by reading Gibson's Cyberpunk novels : Neuromancer, Count Zero, Mona Lisa Overdrive and Burning Chrome (the short story collection from which Johnny Mnemonic was taken) END
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on September 26, 2001
This is classic sci-fi...
So what it didn't have a huge budget or anything. They did a great job!!
Keanu is great as Johnny ~ the prototype NEO of the future...
It's funny, it's got action and some good quotes and at the end of the day it has WILLIAM GIBSON to thank for the vision of the future.
Keanu Reeves does a good turn and as always, gives his all, simulating the demise of Johnny's looks, getting thinner and thinner as the overload in storage capacity takes it's toll...
Good all round cast with Ice-T giving a great performance.
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on February 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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on January 18, 1999
Some may say Keeanu Reeves is the worst actor in Hollywood... I would disagree... he does his spots very well (excepting Dracula) and he does very well in this role. The movie itself is VERY good if you like the Cyberpunk genre. If you have ever played the game Shadow Run then you will enjoy this movie very much. Keeanu as Johnny does a very good job playing a Dekker. If you can't get the movie, this probably is not your genre, but it beats The Net, destroys Hackers, and decimates most of the other competition in this genre for believability (no MAC's or PC's!!!)and plain fun.
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on March 28, 2004
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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on September 25, 2003
Don't expect great acting, there isn't any. However this movie does dish up some good parts. The atmosphere of the movie is pretty cool. A very Techno Cyber Electronic Punk feel to the movie. The special effects are really sweet considering when the movie was made. Also the music is really cool. Such bands as "Stabbing Westward" and "KMFDM" really set the mood for the film. If you can look past the terrible acting you'll find an enjoyable movie. Techno-Industrial fans will be pleased. Everyone else, move along.
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