Themovie takes place a few decades in the future, when the world is in the grip ofa high-tech virus caused indirectly by the high-speed cyber lifestyle. It starsKeanu Reeves as a data courier who has a "wet-wired brain" (nowisecracks, please) into which vast amounts of priceless computer data can beuploaded. Then he travels incognito to his destination, where the data isdownloaded. If he doesn't get his brain emptied out fast enough, it melts downand he dies.
Johnny is a "mnemonic courier" who discreetly transports sensitive data for corporations in a storage device implanted in his brain at the cost of his childhood memories. His current job is for a group of scientists in Beijing. Johnny initially balks when he learns the data exceeds his memory capacity even with compression, but agrees given the large fee will be enough to cover the cost of the operation to remove the device. Johnny warns that he must have the data extracted within a few days or suffer psychological damage. The scientists encrypt the data with three random images from a television feed and start sending these images to the receiver in Newark, New Jersey, but they are attacked and killed by the Yakuza, led by a man Shinji (Akiyama) who wields a laser trip wire beam weapon, before the images can be fully transmitted. Johnny escapes with a portion of the images but is pursued by both the Yakuza as well as security forces for Pharmakom, one of the mega-corporations run by Takahashi (Kitano), both seeking the data he carries. Johnny starts witnessing brief images of a female projection of an artificial intelligence (AI) who attempts to aid Johnny, but he dismisses her.
Johnny Mnemonic is a video game published in 1995 on Windows by Sony Imagesoft. It's an action and adventure game, set in a cyberpunk / dark sci-fi, licensed title, full motion video, puzzle elements and movies themes, and was also released on Windows 3.x.
From controversial artist Robert Longo comes his film debut based on William Gibson's short story (Gibson also wrote the screenplay) about the perils of cyberspace in the 21st century. Reeves is Johnny, a mnemonic courier (that is, a person with a cranial implant which enables the uploading and downloading of sensitive information from computer to brain, and vice versa) on the run from the vicious Yakuza with only 24 hours to download 300-odd gigabytes of precious information before it kills him. The information turns out to be the blueprint for the cure to NAS, a sort of global-wide plague that destroys the human nervous system and is afflicting humanity at a rapid rate. Teaming up with the LoTeks -- a rebel band fighting a guerrilla war against the current corrupt government -- and a NAS-carrying female bodyguard (Meyer), Johnny must fend off the ever-increasing attacks from the Yakuza and their henchmen while desperately trying to locate an avenue of release for the information overload in his head. Fans of Gibson's grim cyberpunk writings will no doubt flock to the film in droves, but Johnny Mnemonic also works fairly well for those of us trapped in the Stuckey's alongside the gridlocked information superhighway. Take away all of Gibson's technophobic grime and Longo's crazed, cluttered set pieces, and you've basically got an updated D.O.A., with Reeves filling in for Edmond O'Brien (in a version that's vastly superior to Rocky Morton and Annabel Jankel's cheesy San Marcos-lensed yawn-fest of 1988). For his first shot at feature filmmaking, Longo does an admirable job of keeping the story line rocketing along, though his seeming attempts to out-Blade Runner Ridley Scott in the decaying cityscape department grow wearisome and the occasional wooden drivel that Reeves spouts adds a bit of unintentional humor to the proceedings. All in all, it's much better than expected, and almost certainly a notch or two above the upcoming The Net, whose current theatrical previews curiously make it out to be The Pelican Brief with more technospeak and less Grisham.
The recent film, Johnny Mnemonic, is based on a short story of the same title byacclaimed cyberpunk author, William Gibson. In this sci-fi adventure flick, "Johnny" (Keanu Reeves) has hadthe majority of his memory removed in order to download information chips for various multinationalcompanies. Johnny acts as a courier, transporting the information in his head and with his body. When the movie opens, Johnny has downloaded a chip that is too big for his brain to handle andhe must get it to its destination, a large pharmaceutical company, before the information seeps intoand eventually takes over his mind.
Johnny Mnemonic is a cyberpunk dystopian fever dream you have after binge-watching too many old Flipper episodes. It's also the movie that tried to tell us Keanu Reeves was always destined to play the role of Neo in The Matrix. The main character Johnny is a beta version of Neo that essentially just needs a few adjustments before going fully online.
Usually when you watch a sci-fi film, the first half usually piques your interest only to sink into a confusing and badly written second half ("Star Trek V" comes to mind.). "Johnny Mnemonic" has the unique distinction of having a rather bad first half being saved by the second half. There were moments of badly delivered lines and situations, which I fully blame the director for. There were cuts where the demeanor of Keanu Reeves changed confusingly. Again I blame the director and continuity supervisor. There was, IMHO, more gore than necessary. But that's a matter of taste. And, to make matters worse, I wasn't sure of what I was watching.There was a LOT of good things about the movie. It told a sci-fi story about a dark and bleak future....somewhat similar to "Blade Runner". And it did it well. There were an amazing amount of sets, extras, and really well done computer effects. There was even one really well filmed shot in a hospital that reminded me of the long scene from "Gone With The Wind" showing the dead and dying in the Atlanta train yard. Many of the secondary actors (especially Henry Rollins as "Spider" and Ice-T as "J-Bone") were surprisingly good and helped to raise my rating of the film from an initial 4.0 to an overall 7.0 rating.If you aren't into a lot of foul language and/or gore, I'd steer clear of this film. But if you want to see a surprisingly well made piece of dark sci-fi, this is a film worth giving a chance to watch.
So Johnny decides (duh) to go forward, handing J-Bone that portion of the download code that he possesses. Meanwhile, the Yakuza goon squad is still marching around the base of the bridge. They finally stop and use those rifles that fire cord-attached bolts (standard equipment for all movie thieves and super-spies), which after imbedding themselves in the understructure of the bridge begin to mechanically haul the user up. Again, this all occurs without anyone upstairs noticing. Man, this place is more impregnable than The Guns of Navarone!
An enormous issue for Johnny completing his delivery is the possession of a complete "download" code he has the customer randomly make from three stills of a live broadcast he can't see. He later tries to get at a copy of the complete code that was supposed to be sent via fax, even going so far as to track down the dated phone records from the hotel room this transpired in and then look at the fax buffer list for a corresponding timestamp. Is it really so hard to apply the same principle to looking up what was being broadcast that specific day, on that specific channel, at that specific time, and just grab the long but still finite number of possible stills from a copy of the movie?
love it when 90s movies are like "i will download the exodata into the mainframe firewall and past the mega virus GPS" and everybody nods cluelessly because it's the 90s and people barely know how to send emails
You follow hapless Johnny Mnemonic as he makes his way through the underbelly of a futuristic society trying to download a potentially lethal program from his brain. The plot is loosely based on the William Gibson short story of the same name but it follows the movie plot rather than the short story, which may irk some purists. Although linear, the plot is the strongest point of the game. Fans of the cyberpunk genre will become engrossed in the fight-the-system with computers, guns and fists action.
Johnny Mnemonic is based on William Gibson's short story and a subsequent movie of the same name. The game's plot bears more similarities to the movie than to the original story. Johnny is a courier in a futuristic society, delivering data implanted in his brain. However, the latest delivery is so big that it can kill him if he doesn't download the data. Unfortunately, the only person who knew the password is dead, and members of the Yakuza are hunting for the data and for its living container.
FMV (full-motion video) PC computer game from Sony Imagesoft which is essentially an entirely different filmed version of 'Johnny Mnemonic' with actors Isaac Hayes, Julie Strain, and Christopher Russel Gartin as Johnny. There's two hours of footage on the two CDs with 2500 scenes, and an estimated play time of 30 hours. During the playback of the filmed action so-called 'opportunity windows' enable the player to influence the outcome of the story (e. g. fight, solving puzzles etc.) The player's goal is to find the pieces of the download code so Johnny can download the data overload in his head before he dies, or before someone decapitates him (additional information provided by Simon Carless). ¶
This summary seems to capture some of the highlights of our own lived 2021. I also like to think that this was the pitch used to sell the movie Johnny Mnemonic (Longo 1995), written by William Gibson and based on his short story of the same name (Gibson 1986). Starring Keanu Reeves as the title character, the story follows Johnny, whose brain has been augmented by a wet-wired implant that allows him to upload large amounts of data. Working as a data courier, Johnny smuggles data from a pair of scientists in Beijing who need to get the information to Newark, New Jersey. The world is suffering from a pandemic known as Neural Attenuation Syndrome (NAS), brought on by the dependency people have on technology. The data Johnny is carrying contain the cure to NAS. During the upload, the Yakuza, working on behalf of Pharmakom, the largest pharmaceutical corporation in the world, kill the scientists and try to hunt down Johnny. While in Newark, Johnny joins up with a group of hackers who live off the grid, called LoTeks, and who, with the aid of a post-cetacean dolphin named Jones, are able to download the data, including the cure for NAS, before Johnny suffers an overload and permanent brain damage. 2b1af7f3a8