Science fiction and fantasy
directed by Robert Longo
Faced with the forces of a powerful corporation with eyes everywhere, Johnny's best allies are those who live outside the corporate world. A plague is spreading, known as NAS or Nerve Attenuation Syndrome. A back-street doctor known as Spider (Henry Rollins), who deals in neural implants, may know how to help him. If Spider can't help there's J-Bone (Ice-T), the leader of a group of outsiders who call themselves the Lo Teks.
Rollins and Ice-T appear to have been cast for their fame as musicians rather than any acting ability, and they struggle in their roles. Further evidence that acting wasn't made a priority by the moviemakers is provided by Keanu Reeves, who makes one of the most wooden performances of his career. It's as though in a desperate effort to be cool and cutting-edge the traditional elements that go into making a decent movie have been abandoned. The dialogue is full of pointless and silly cyber-gobbledegook. Any scene involving computers is filled with gaudy animations that serve no purpose. On top of that there's a lot of violence, which is usually accompanied with an overdose of cheesy effects and overstated melodrama.
As the Street Preacher, Dolph Lundgren is as ripe (and hairy) as century-old Camembert, and less watchable. His cringingly bad "Come to Jesus" catchphrase is typical of the sort of naff dialogue this film is riddled with. Johnny Mnemonic matches a ridiculous concept with corny dialogue and some awful acting. It's a stinker, its only saving grace its short running time.
If you like this, try:The Matrix Reloaded by Andy and Larry Wachowski
The machines fight back. Will Neo be able to stop them and save Zion?