History Film / JohnnyMnemonic

10th Dec '17 7:39:32 PM SeanMurrayI
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* BulletproofHumanShield: An unusual case that likely wasn't originally intended as such. Despite the presence of several pronounced exit wounds bursting from [[spoiler: Takahashi's]] chest when he is shot in the back by [[spoiler: Shinji]], these powerful bullets passing clean through a decidedly very non-bulletproof human torso ''still'' somehow don't hit any of [[spoiler: Johnny, Jones' water tank, or Jones]] all directly in front of [[spoiler: Takahashi]] as he is shot.

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* BulletproofHumanShield: An {{Zigzagged|Trope}}. A very unusual case that likely wasn't originally intended as such. Despite the presence of several pronounced exit wounds bursting from [[spoiler: Takahashi's]] chest when he is shot in the back by [[spoiler: Shinji]], these powerful bullets passing clean through a decidedly very non-bulletproof human torso ''still'' somehow don't hit any of [[spoiler: Johnny, Jones' water tank, or Jones]] all directly in front of [[spoiler: Takahashi]] as he is shot.
10th Dec '17 7:35:48 PM SeanMurrayI
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* ArtisticLicenseEconomics: [[spoiler: The evil MegaCorp [=PharmaKom=] intends to suppress the cure for a deadly disease that has infected half of the entire world, their logic being that "treating the disease would be more profitable than curing it." However, their treatment medicines are said to cost as much as "two grand per clinical unit" or more, which would be far more than most people in the world suffering from the disease could likely ever hope to afford, especially on a continual, unending basis. This business strategy would likely see diminishing returns over time, as increasing numbers of people living on low and middle-class incomes struggle to pay the company's exorbitantly high prices and many more sick people continue to die off amidst the global pandemic (Even if one can afford the best possible access to [=PharmaKom's=] available treatments, those treatments still aren't enough to keep the sick from dying; Takahashi's young daughter succumbed to NAS, despite her father's ranking status with the company). In these circumstances, one could expect that their working cure would ultimately yield greater profits because it could be made more affordable to a larger consumer base (especially if the sick only need a much more limited dose or prescription), would have a greater public demand (especially if such a desired product is depicted as something people would go as far as to start ''riots'' over), and would help a global population remain healthy, thrive, and build an even more prosperous and sustainable world economy in the long term.]]

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* ArtisticLicenseEconomics: [[spoiler: The evil MegaCorp [=PharmaKom=] intends to suppress the cure for a deadly disease that has infected half of the entire world, their logic being that "treating the disease would be more profitable than curing it." However, their treatment medicines are said to cost as much as "two grand per clinical unit" or more, which would be far more than most people in the world suffering from the disease could likely ever hope to afford, especially on a continual, unending basis. This business strategy would likely see diminishing returns over time, as increasing numbers of people living on low and middle-class incomes struggle to pay the company's exorbitantly high prices and many more sick people continue to die off amidst the global pandemic (Even if one can someone ''could'' afford the best possible access to [=PharmaKom's=] available treatments, those treatments still aren't enough to keep the sick from dying; Takahashi's young daughter succumbed to NAS, despite her father's ranking status with the company). In these circumstances, one could expect that their working cure would ultimately yield greater profits because it could be made more affordable to a larger consumer base (especially if the sick only need a much more limited dose or prescription), would have a greater public demand (especially if such a desired product is depicted as something people would go as far as to start ''riots'' over), and would help a global population remain healthy, thrive, and build an even more prosperous and sustainable world economy in the long term.]]



** When Johnny and Jane are being chased by Shinji after their escape from Ralfi's nightclub, they receive protection from J-Bone and a large group of [=LoTeks=] ...who have no clear reason given for being there (it is already established before this scene that the [=LoTeks=] have their own headquarters, which is ''not'' where Johnny and Jane are when they're running from Shinji) and who were never given any advanced notice that something was going down at Ralfi's nightclub which could use their attention. Presumably, we're led to believe that J-Bone and a very large group of his underlings were out on a single massive patrol and [[ContrivedCoincidence just so happened to fall on top of this situation by chance]]. J-Bone suddenly coming to Johnny's rescue in this situation also directly contradicts a prior scene in which J-Bone explicitly says that he doesn't feel he owes Johnny any favors, which further suggests that he doesn't want anything more to do with Johnny, without any adequate explanation as to why J-Bone would go back on his word about this.

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** When Johnny and Jane are being chased by Shinji after their escape from Ralfi's nightclub, they receive protection from J-Bone and a large group of [=LoTeks=] ...who have no clear reason given for being there (it is already established before this scene that the [=LoTeks=] have their own headquarters, which is ''not'' where Johnny and Jane are when they're running from Shinji) and who were never given any advanced notice that something was going down at Ralfi's nightclub which could use their attention. Presumably, we're led to believe that J-Bone and a very large group of his underlings were out on a single massive patrol and [[ContrivedCoincidence just so happened to fall on top of this situation by chance]]. J-Bone suddenly coming to Johnny's rescue in this situation also directly contradicts a prior scene in which J-Bone explicitly says that he doesn't feel he owes Johnny any favors, which further suggests heavily implying that he doesn't want anything more to do with Johnny, without any adequate explanation as to why J-Bone would go back on his word about this.feel a sudden change of heart.
23rd Nov '17 8:10:25 AM SeanMurrayI
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* DiagonalCut: Performed by Shinji's laser whip, as seen when slicing through a stone statue at the Beijing Hotel suite and when killing [[spoiler: Ralfi]].
23rd Nov '17 7:48:03 AM SeanMurrayI
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** This is more like GainaxEnding as he [[spoiler: gets his memories back from his mother the A.I.]] It's just its hard to see that.
22nd Nov '17 5:53:52 PM CharlesPhipps
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** This is more like GainaxEnding as he [[spoiler: gets his memories back from his mother the A.I.]] It's just its hard to see that.
6th Nov '17 2:51:02 PM SeanMurrayI
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** J-Bone lending support to Johnny in his escape from Ralfi's nightclub after having already made clear to Johnny earlier that he "don't owe [him] shit," is given partial justification by Jane (whose own involvement with rescuing Johnny is already thanks to coincidental circumstances) explaining that she very conveniently just so happens to be "old friends" with the [=LoTeks=] that they bumped into and could request such a favor on the spot. However, there's nothing to explain how [[PlotHole J-Bone and his underlings knew their numbers would be useful at Ralfi's nightclub when nobody ever told them ahead of time that the Yakuza would be up to no good over there]], unless their presence here happens to be yet ''another'' extraordinary coincidence.

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** J-Bone lending support to Johnny in his escape from Ralfi's nightclub after having already made clear to Johnny earlier that he "don't owe [him] shit," is given partial justification explanation by Jane (whose own involvement with rescuing Johnny is already thanks to coincidental circumstances) explaining that she very conveniently just so happens to be "old friends" with the [=LoTeks=] that they bumped into and could request such a favor on the spot. However, there's nothing to explain how [[PlotHole J-Bone and his underlings knew their numbers would be useful at Ralfi's nightclub when nobody ever told them ahead of time that the Yakuza would be up to no good over there]], unless their presence here happens to be yet ''another'' extraordinary coincidence.



* {{Transhuman}}: The cyborg street preacher. Details about this are explored more in the film's Japanese release (the "director's cut"), which includes an additional scene where this character preaches about God's plan for people to reject their organic bodies and embrace bio-mechanics and cybernetics, especially to save oneself from the NAS plague. He refers to himself as a "post-human". In the American release, the most that's hinted about these views comes in a passing reference to the name of the church the which the preacher is aligned with--The Church of the Retransfiguration.

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* {{Transhuman}}: The cyborg street preacher. Details about this are explored more in the film's Japanese release (the "director's cut"), which includes an additional scene where this character preaches about God's plan for people to reject their organic bodies and embrace bio-mechanics and cybernetics, especially to save oneself from the NAS plague. He refers to himself as a "post-human". In the American release, the most that's hinted about these views comes in a passing reference to the name of the church the which that the preacher is aligned with--The Church of the Retransfiguration.
5th Nov '17 6:30:31 PM SeanMurrayI
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* ImpossiblyCoolWeapon: Shinji's signature weapon--the laser wire whip that extends from his thumb. Even as portrayed, this looks like it would be hard to direct or control in the air. Since we see it slice cleanly through a stone statue during the mass raid at the hotel room, nobody should want to be one of Shinji's comrades standing by whenever he's whipping that thing around. At the climax in the [=LoTek=] base, the unwieldily whip even takes out Shinji's own footing when he tries swinging it at Johnny and inadvertently cuts the platform's support chains.

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* ImpossiblyCoolWeapon: Shinji's signature weapon--the laser wire whip that extends from his thumb. Even as portrayed, this looks like it would be hard to direct or control in through the air. Since we see it slice cleanly through a stone statue during the mass raid at the hotel room, nobody should want to be one of Shinji's comrades standing by whenever he's whipping that thing around. At the climax in the [=LoTek=] base, the unwieldily whip even takes out Shinji's own footing when he tries swinging it at Johnny and inadvertently cuts the platform's support chains.
5th Nov '17 6:29:48 PM SeanMurrayI
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* ImpossiblyCoolWeapon: Shinji's signature weapon--the laser wire whip that extends from his thumb. Even ass portrayed, this looks like it would be hard to direct. Since we see it slice cleanly through a stone statue during the mass raid at the hotel room, nobody should want to be one of Shinji's comrades standing by whenever he's whipping that thing around. At the climax in the [=LoTek=] base, the unwieldily whip even takes out Shinji's own footing when he tries swinging it at Johnny and inadvertently cuts the platform's support chains.

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* ImpossiblyCoolWeapon: Shinji's signature weapon--the laser wire whip that extends from his thumb. Even ass as portrayed, this looks like it would be hard to direct.direct or control in the air. Since we see it slice cleanly through a stone statue during the mass raid at the hotel room, nobody should want to be one of Shinji's comrades standing by whenever he's whipping that thing around. At the climax in the [=LoTek=] base, the unwieldily whip even takes out Shinji's own footing when he tries swinging it at Johnny and inadvertently cuts the platform's support chains.
5th Nov '17 5:22:03 PM SeanMurrayI
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* CapitalismIsBad: [[spoiler: The giant pharmaceutical corporation [=PharmaKom=] values private greed and profits more highly than the general alleviation of human suffering.]]

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* CapitalismIsBad: [[spoiler: The giant pharmaceutical corporation [=PharmaKom=] values private greed and profits more highly than the general alleviation of ill health and human suffering.]]
5th Nov '17 5:03:48 PM SeanMurrayI
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** Despite having already witnessed the sheer lethality of Shinji's signature weapon upon his betrayal of Ralfi, who is sliced to ribbons with a laser whip, Shinji, for reasons unknown, decides ''not'' to use this devastating tool when betraying [[spoiler: Takahashi]], who is, instead, plainly shot with an ordinary pistol just prior to Shinji producing his whip for one final attempt to claim Johnny's head. However, thanks to this spontaneous, one-time use of a rather pedestrian gun from a character who didn't ''need'' to have one, [[spoiler: Takahashi]] actually happens to very conveniently survive Shinji's sneak attack just long enough to [[spoiler: justifiably pop up in one final moment and [[RedemptionEqualsDeath and perform one noble deed for the benefit of the good guys.]]]]

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** Despite having already witnessed the sheer lethality of Shinji's signature weapon upon his betrayal of Ralfi, who is sliced to ribbons with a laser whip, Shinji, for reasons unknown, decides ''not'' to use this devastating tool when betraying [[spoiler: Takahashi]], who is, instead, plainly shot with an ordinary a mere pistol just prior to Shinji producing his whip for one final attempt to claim Johnny's head. However, thanks to this spontaneous, one-time use of a rather pedestrian gun from a character who didn't ''need'' to have one, [[spoiler: Takahashi]] actually happens to very conveniently survive Shinji's sneak attack just long enough to [[spoiler: justifiably pop up in one final moment and [[RedemptionEqualsDeath and perform one noble deed for the benefit of the good guys.]]]]
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