Keanu Reeves In a CyberPunk Film
What more must be said? As a first time viewer of the film, it was hard for me to believe that he shot this movie before he acted in any of the Matrix movies because there were such great similarities between the movies. Personally as a movie lover that enjoyed every Matrix movie, Johnny Mnemonic was just as good minus the CGI and special effects that newer movies have. The movie also related to Digital Don Quixote because it brought up a very valuable point that I hadn’t thought of before.
The Dangers of technology gaps and hidden information
In the movie, virtually the entire world has transitioned into a high-tech machine with humans acting as robots transmitting data through downloads in their heads. There are also the “low-techs” or people that aren’t as technologically advanced as the rest of the world. This parallels today’s society because in the modern world, there are places like regions in Africa and Asia where technology severely lacks the rest of the world. Johnny Mnemonic shows that this is dangerous because different ways of life and resource availability causes tension between groups.
Additionally the dangers of hidden data and information are brought front in center in Johnny Mnemonic. For years now, there has been conspiracy theories in the world that the cure to all forms of cancer does exist, its just being hidden because big name corporations make more money off treating the illness rather than curing it. The same thing happens in the film but instead of cancer its called the “black shakes” or NAS syndrome where a overexposure to technology causes the body to overload. Personally, I would like to think that if there was a cure for cancer, then the people who discovered it would disclose it to the world because it is such a serious illness. However the movie shows that there is evil that values the profit of their organization over the livelihoods of the majority.
Overall, I enjoyed Johnny Mnemonic and would recommend it to anyone that likes cyberpunk moves.