Ep. 71 — JOHNNY MNEMONIC (1995) with Myles Griffin
We're continuing our cyberpunk series this week with the 1995 Keanu Reeves-starring actioner JOHNNY MNEMONIC and we're bringing Myles from The More You Nerd along for the ride!
Synopsis: A data courier, literally carrying a data package inside his head, must deliver it before he dies from the burden or is killed by the Yakuza. In a dystopian 2021, Johnny (Keanu Reeves) is a data trafficker who has an implant that allows him to securely store data too sensitive for regular computer networks. On one delivery run, he accepts a package that not only exceeds the implant’s safety limits – and will kill him if the data is not removed in time – but also contains information far more important and valuable than he had ever imagined. On a race against time, he must avoid the assassins sent to kill him and remove the data before it, too, ends his life.
JOHNNY MNEMONIC was derided upon release, but how has it aged? Is it's wackiness (Ice-T! Henry Rollins! Bio-dolphins! Jesus Lundgren!) enough to make it worth another look?