Johnny Mnemonic is a 1995 cyberpunk action film directed by Robert Longo in his feature directorial debut. William Gibson, who wrote the 1981 short story, wrote the screenplay. The film, set in 2021, portrays a dystopian future wracked by a tech-induced plague, awash with conspiracies, and dominated by megacorporations and organized crime. Keanu Reeves plays Johnny, a data courier with an overloaded brain implant designed to securely store confidential information. Takeshi Kitano portrays a Yakuza affiliated with a megacorporation attempting to suppress the data; he hires a psychopathic assassin played by Dolph Lundgren to do so. Ice-T and Dina Meyer co-star as Johnny's allies, a freedom fighter and a bodyguard, respectively.
In 2021, society is driven by a virtual Internet, which has created a degenerate effect called "nerve attenuation syndrome" or NAS. Megacorporations control much of the world, intensifying the class hostility already created by NAS.
|award||Golden Screen Award|
|genre||action crime science fiction|
|keywords||artificial intelligence attack behead beijing brain damage change of heart cure doctor who kill medical charity navy pirate broadcast pirate broadcasts rescue street preacher united states navy|
|musicBy||Brad Fiedel Mychael Danna|
|nomination||Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actor|
|productionCompany||AFI Catalog of Feature Films|
|theme||chase cyberpunk dystopian science fiction action|