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Johnny Mnemonic (1995) - Movie Review

A data courier who literally carries data packages inside his head for a fee, carries a package that is too large to hold for long and he must race against time to deliver it.

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Directed by Robert Longo, Johnny Mnemonic is a 1995 Canadian-American cyberpunk action thriller film that settles a few decades ahead in the future, when the world is under the folds of a high-tech virus caused indirectly by the high-speed cyber lifestyle. It stars Keanu Reeves as a data courier who has a “wet-wired brain”  into which vast amounts of priceless computer data can be uploaded. He then travels unidentified to his destination, where the data is downloaded. If he doesn’t get his brain emptied out fast enough, it melts down and he dies.

Though the movie comes from back in 1995, it’d still give the latest tech vibes as Keanu can be seen using high tech VR in computing certain programs to crack the code in some scenes. And talking about the things that relate to multiverse, there’s not much other than the attention seeking character Jones; a cybernetically – enhanced dolphin who is a Navy veteran, used by the arm forces for his decryption abilities.

Johnny Mnemonic (1995) - Movie Review

In the film, he’s Johnny’s savior of sorts, a secret weapon of the Lo-Teks, the rebels trying to cure this terrible Wi-Fi disease. Jones swims around in a tank, looked after by Ice-T, with an electronic contraption mounted on his head. For Johnny to crack his own brain and retrieve the passcode to the implanted chip, thereby getting rid of the data and getting back his own memories, he has to “loop it through Jones” which means it’s up to this strangely erotic (probably because he’s so cybernetically advanced) porpoise to save the day.

In honest terms, Johnny Mnemonic (1995) is a must watch for the people who’d like to dive in the roots of current technology being used back in 20th century without breaking the laws of Cyberpunk ethics. Indeed it’d feel like watching a 4K stuff in 360p but it’s going to be worth for vintage lovers.

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