Johnny Mnemonic (1995)… is a “Guilty Movie Pleasure”

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This week, Jesse and Ben talk about Johnny Mnemonic!

Johnny Mnemonic is a 1995 Canadian-American cyberpunk action thriller film directed by Robert Longo in his directorial debut. The film stars Keanu Reeves and Dolph Lundgren. The film is based on the story of the same name by William Gibson. Keanu Reeves plays the title character, a man with a cybernetic brain implant designed to store information. The film portrays Gibson’s dystopian view of the future with the world dominated by megacorporations and with strong East Asian influences. This was Dolph Lundgren’s last theatrical release film until 2010’s The Expendables.

The film was shot on location in Canada, with Toronto and Montreal filling in for the film’s Newark and Beijing settings. A number of local sites, including Toronto’s Union Station and Montreal’s skyline and Jacques Cartier Bridge, feature prominently.

The film premiered in Japan on April 15, 1995, in a longer version (103 mins) that is closer to the director’s cut, featuring a score by Mychael Danna and different editing. The film was released in the United States on May 26, 1995.

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