I saw half of this movie on television once, and since I am a avid sci-fi
fan, the story intrigued me. A couple of weeks later I went out to pick up
copy of this movie for myself, and ever since I've been watching it every
now and then. Not every month, but at least once every 4 or 5 months.
Sometimes more. There's just something about it that I like. Well, lets
start from the beginning:
It is the year 2021 and the world has been taken over by large
that do pretty much what they want to. Most of them are out to make money,
however, and will do anything to achieve that goal. One of these
coorporations is PharmaCom, a coorporation that deals in medicine and
pretty much all over the world. From Beijing to Newark. 'Johnny' is a
Mnemonic courier who carries an implant in his brain which allows him to
carry a large amount of data there. But when he accepts a job where he is
overloaded with data, he is not only experiencing trouble with getting rid
of the data, but also finds that several bounty hunters and crime
organizations are after his head and the information stored within. Over
hours he jumps around in the city of Newark, trying to find a way to get
of the data and the bounty hunters.
A touch in this movie that many might recognize from the film 'The Matrix'
is that in this movie they tend to hook themselves up to the internet,
has become a virtual reality like, àlà The Lawnmower man. But in the end
the film, Keanu's character completly hooks himself up to the internet for
short amount of time, walking around in it and controlling his actions as
he was in another world. Pretty much like he did in the Matrix. Wierd,
The film presents a very interesting vision of the future. Coorporations,
crime syndicates, virtual-reality, futuristic weapons and the like. The
look authentic and the look and feel of the film is top-notch. The music
seems to fit the mood at all times, too, which is a big plus. The
are likeable and unique in their own way, but with one exception. Keanu
Reeves plays 'Johnny' without any life or energy put into it and delivers
his lines flat and in the most boring way. His worst acting job ever?
Perhaps. You could tell he didn't like this movie very much.
Overall, its a very interesting sci-fi flick which has its ups and downs.
The upsides is the setting, the music, the vision of the future etc. etc.
while the downsides are Keanu Reeve's acting and sometimes lack of
in what happens next in the movie. I give it a 7/10.