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Johnny Mnemonic

Posted by: Stephen
Date Submitted: Monday, March 15, 1999 at 14:23:18
Date Posted: Tuesday, March 16, 1999 at 03:45:17

Of all the Keanu Reeves movies I've seen, this one qualifies as the worst (and yes, I've seen Point Break and Chain Reaction). The intrepid Keanu stars as Johnny, the cyberpunk courier who totes around information in his head. His latest download is the info on a disease that is killing much of the population. However this info is so big that if he doesn't get it out of his head soon, it will kill him. In classic cyberpunk tradition, Johnny is the rebel against evil mega corporations, and inexplicably the Japanese mob.

The movie doesn't start off all that bad, but it gets so much worse as it goes on that its worth a rental by those who like such things. A bunch of silly side plots and lame attempts at character development (which in the context of this movie mean Johnny "unexpectedly" falling in love with his female co-star) are broken up by gratuitous violence and technobabble. This also happens to be one of those movies where they were trying to make a serious movie, which makes the lameness all that funnier. The real kicker is the very end, where Johnny is saved by a dolphin that goes inside of his head with some VR gear. No, I don't get it either.

Response From RinkWorks:

I'm definitely going to watch this movie someday, and I'll review it for the page, no doubt. I once had a friend of mine give me this advice about "Johnny Mnemonic": "Don't rent it. Even if you go to the video store and it's the last thing available, don't rent it. Even if by not renting it you'll have nothing better to do than stare at the wall for two hours, don't rent it." That's encouragement enough for me. -- Dave.

I have to agree with how insidious this movie is. The little rant scene, where Reeves drones on about how he wants pressed shirts and stuff, contains, I think, the worst acting I've ever seen in a mainstream movie. -- Sam.

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