History Film / JohnnyMnemonic

12th Sep '16 12:34:36 PM SeanMurrayI
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** After waking up in the subway tunnel, the filmmakers establish that Johnny's life-threatening condition from carrying too much computer data i his head is worsening, as we see a shot of Johnny's hands and fingers cramped up and twisted. However, in the cyberspace setpiece which subsequently follows this, Johnny is clearly observed making several complex actions and commands using his hands with great dexterity, quickness, and precision.

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** After waking up in the subway tunnel, the filmmakers establish that Johnny's life-threatening condition from carrying too much computer data i in his head is worsening, as we see a shot of Johnny's hands and fingers cramped up and twisted. However, in the cyberspace setpiece which subsequently follows this, Johnny is clearly observed making several complex actions and commands using his hands with great dexterity, quickness, and precision.
12th Sep '16 12:04:42 PM SeanMurrayI
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Johnny (Reeves) is a "mnemonic courier" (data trafficker) who has an implant that allows him to securely store data too sensitive for regular computer networks. His brain can carry nearly 80 gigabytes worth of digital data, or 160 gigabytes if he uses a doubler. Johnny uses this implant to deliver such data between contracting parties. On one delivery run, he accepts a package that not only exceeds the implant's safety limits (and will thus kill him if the data isn't removed in 24 hours), but also proves to contain information far more important and valuable than he had ever imagined. Johnny must deliver the data before it kills him, but the company sends assassins out after him to protect said data.

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Johnny (Reeves) is a "mnemonic courier" (data trafficker) who has an implant that allows him to securely store data too sensitive for regular computer networks. His brain can carry nearly 80 gigabytes worth of digital data, or 160 gigabytes if he uses a doubler."doubler". Johnny uses this implant to deliver such data between contracting parties. On one delivery run, he accepts a package that not only exceeds the implant's safety limits storage capacity (and will thus kill him if the data isn't removed in 24 hours), but also proves to contain information far more important and valuable than he had ever imagined. Johnny must deliver the data before it kills him, but the company sends assassins out after him to protect said data.
8th Sep '16 7:25:26 AM SeanMurrayI
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* ArtisticLicenseEconomics: [[spoiler: The evil Mega Corp intends to suppress the cure for a deadly disease which half the world's population suffers from, their logic being that "treating the disease would be more profitable than curing it." However, their treatment medicines are said to cost $2,000 per clinical unit, which would be far more than most people in the world suffering from the disease could likely ever hope to afford, especially over any lengthy, continual 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 more sick people die off amidst the global pandemic (be it with ''or'' without the available treatments; notably, Takahashi's young daughter still succumbed to NAS, despite having had the best possible access to the treatments, given her father's ranking status in [=PharmaKom=]). In this circumstance, one could expect that their working cure would ultimately yield a greater profit because it could be cheaper (especially if consumers only need to pay for a one-time dose or prescription), would have a greater public demand (especially if such a desired product is depicted in the movie as something people would go as far as to start ''riots'' over), and would help their global consumer base stay healthy and thrive and provide a more sustainable economic platform in the long term.]]

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* ArtisticLicenseEconomics: [[spoiler: The evil Mega Corp intends to suppress the cure for a deadly disease which half the world's population suffers from, their logic being that "treating the disease would be more profitable than curing it." However, their treatment medicines are said to cost $2,000 per clinical unit, which would be far more than most people in the world suffering from the disease could likely ever hope to afford, especially over any lengthy, continual 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 more sick people die off amidst the global pandemic (be it with ''or'' without the available treatments; notably, Takahashi's young daughter still succumbed to NAS, despite having had the best possible access to the treatments, given her father's ranking status in [=PharmaKom=]). In this circumstance, one could expect that their working cure would ultimately yield a greater profit because it could be cheaper (especially if consumers only need to pay for a one-time dose or prescription), would have a greater public demand (especially if such a desired product is depicted in the movie as something people would go as far as to start ''riots'' over), and would help their global consumer base stay healthy and thrive and provide build a more prosperous, sustainable economic platform global economy in the long term.]]
8th Sep '16 7:15:04 AM SeanMurrayI
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** In the movie's opening scenes, it's quickly understood that Johnny must undergo a very expensive and risky "procedure" in Chiba City to remove his brain implant if he were to regain the lost memories of his childhood[[note]]If not, to restore the literal chunk of his brain which housed those memories and was removed to make room for his NeuroVault.[[/note]]; in fact, it's Johnny's deep desire to obtain enough money to have this procedure done that leads to him taking the courier gig in Beijing and setting the whole film's plot in motion. However, [[spoiler: the story inexplicably concludes with Johnny's lost memories returning to him by simply completing the three-image download code which accesses the information that was stored in his NeuroVault. There is nothing done to explain how the download code for the data in Johnny's implant could access the lost memories when it was already established that Johnny needed to seek a completely different route to retrieve them, not to mention that the most immediate possible explanations mean his childhood memories were already a part of the data that Johnny uploaded onto his implant at the Beijing Hotel, which makes no logical sense and only raises more unanswered questions.]]

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** In the movie's opening scenes, it's quickly understood that Johnny must undergo a very expensive and risky "procedure" in Chiba City to remove his brain implant if he were to regain the lost memories of his childhood[[note]]If not, to restore the literal chunk of his brain which housed those memories and was removed to make room for his NeuroVault.[[/note]]; in fact, it's Johnny's deep desire to obtain enough money to have this procedure done that leads to him taking the courier gig in Beijing and setting the whole film's plot in motion. However, [[spoiler: the story inexplicably concludes with Johnny's lost memories returning to him by simply completing the three-image download code which accesses the information that was stored in his NeuroVault. There is nothing done to explain how the download code for the data in Johnny's implant could access the return his lost memories when to himwhen it was already established that Johnny needed to seek a completely different route to retrieve them, not to mention that the most immediate possible explanations mean his childhood memories were already a part of the data that Johnny uploaded onto his implant at the Beijing Hotel, which makes no logical sense and only raises more unanswered questions.]]



* StupidEvil: [[spoiler: If [=PharmaKom=] didn't want anyone to have a cure for NAS (not even ''themselves'' and their own families and loved ones who may be sick), then they didn't need to go through all the trouble of investing their resources on researching, developing, and testing an ''actual'' working cure for the sake of needing to hide it from everybody. Alternatively, if they developed the cure ''before'' deciding nobody should have it, it would have been easier for them to promptly destroy the research, instead of keeping it buried it on a computer mainframe for the past year-and-a-half before the events of the film take place, where it could potentially be discovered and leaked (Go on, guess what happens).]]

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* StupidEvil: [[spoiler: If [=PharmaKom=] didn't want anyone to have a cure for NAS (not even ''themselves'' and their own families and loved ones who may be sick), then they didn't need to go through all the trouble of investing their resources on researching, developing, and testing an ''actual'' working cure for the sake of needing having to hide it from everybody. Alternatively, if they developed the cure ''before'' deciding nobody should have it, it would have been easier for them to promptly destroy the research, instead of keeping it buried it on a computer mainframe for the past year-and-a-half before the events of the film take place, where it could potentially be discovered and leaked (Go on, guess what happens).]]
20th Aug '16 2:31:22 PM SeanMurrayI
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* ContrivedCoincidence: 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 also thanks to coincidental circumstances) explaining that she very conveniently just so happens to be "old friends" with the [=LoTeks=] and can request such a favor. 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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* ContrivedCoincidence: 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 also thanks to coincidental circumstances) explaining that she very conveniently just so happens to be "old friends" with the [=LoTeks=] that they bumped into and can could request such a favor.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.
11th Aug '16 9:36:13 PM SeanMurrayI
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* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique: Performed by the Street Preacher on the bartender from the {{Cyberpunk}} club to get some information. [[TortureAlwaysWorks It works.]]

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* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique: Performed by In tracking down Johnny, the Street Preacher has a penchant for torturing the people who he believes have useful information on Johnny's whereabouts, principally the bartender from the {{Cyberpunk}} club to get some information.and [[spoiler: Spider]]. [[TortureAlwaysWorks It works.]]]] It's unclear but suggested that he kills his informants after they reveal to him everything they may know.
10th Aug '16 11:11:00 PM SeanMurrayI
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** A point about Johnny having told the Yakuza the location of the [=LoTek=] headquarters is not adequately dealt with in the narrative. It's foreshadowed that Johnny should now be put at odds with the [=LoTeks=] faction or face ''some'' repercussions for this action; as Jane says, "Now if ''they'' don't kill you, J-Bone will." [[spoiler: But this issue is abandoned immediately following this line. J-Bone and the [=LoTeks=] wind up giving full, unconditional assistance to the very person responsible for their enemies attacking them; Jane, who is supposed to be old friends with the [=LoTeks=], (or Johnny, assuming he wasn't just being an idiot and had some crafty trick up his sleeve to squash the Yakuza) never gives J-Bone any forewarning that their enemies are on their way to lay siege to their hideout or stresses any need to prepare for this, and Johnny is never properly held accountable for what he had brought upon them for no rational reason.]]

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** A point about Johnny having told the Yakuza the location of the [=LoTek=] headquarters is not adequately dealt with in the narrative. It's foreshadowed that Johnny should now be put at odds with the [=LoTeks=] faction or face ''some'' repercussions for this action; as Jane says, "Now if ''they'' don't kill you, J-Bone will." [[spoiler: But this issue is abandoned immediately following this line. J-Bone and the [=LoTeks=] wind up giving full, unconditional assistance to the very person responsible for their enemies attacking them; Jane, who is supposed to be old friends with the [=LoTeks=], (or Johnny, assuming he wasn't just being an idiot and had some crafty trick up his sleeve to squash the Yakuza) never gives J-Bone any forewarning that their enemies are on their way to lay siege to their hideout or stresses tries to stress any need to prepare for this, and Johnny is never properly held accountable for what he had brought upon them for no rational reason.]]



** After waking up in the subway tunnel, the filmmakers establish Johnny's condition as getting worse with a shot of his hands and fingers cramping up. However, in the cyberspace setpiece which subsequently follows this, Johnny is clearly observed making several complex actions and commands using his hands with deftness and precision.

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** After waking up in the subway tunnel, the filmmakers establish that Johnny's life-threatening condition from carrying too much computer data i his head is worsening, as getting worse with we see a shot of his Johnny's hands and fingers cramping up. cramped up and twisted. However, in the cyberspace setpiece which subsequently follows this, Johnny is clearly observed making several complex actions and commands using his hands with deftness great dexterity, quickness, and precision.
10th Aug '16 11:00:09 PM SeanMurrayI
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** Takahashi is seen arriving at the [=LoTek's=] base, located high above the ground on the underside of a suspension bridge, in a helicopter, while Shinji arrives with a tactical squad who scale the bridge with mechanized cable rigs... but the Street Preacher just suddenly appears in the heart of the [=LoTeks=] base without any indication of how he could scale the architecture and find a way inside.

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** Takahashi is seen arriving at the [=LoTek's=] base, located high above the ground on the underside of a suspension bridge, in a helicopter, while Shinji arrives with a tactical squad who scale climb up from beneath the bridge with mechanized specialized mechanical cable rigs... but the Street Preacher just suddenly appears in the heart of the [=LoTeks=] base without any indication of how he could scale the enormous architecture and find a way inside.
10th Aug '16 10:53:54 PM SeanMurrayI
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* RaceAgainstTheClock: Although this trope is intended to be present, it is never properly utilized to build tension or any sense of urgency. Johnny is supposed to be facing a 24-hour deadline to remove all the computer data from his head, or else he'll die. However, nothing is ever done to inform the viewer of how much time is remaining for Johnny to complete his task as the story progresses. Whenever anybody (or anything) mentions this deadline, the full 24 hours is always stated no matter how much time may have actually passed, and following the Street Preacher's introduction roughly halfway through the story, a specific deadline is never brought up again in the remaining half of the movie. (See Also: MagicCountdown)

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* RaceAgainstTheClock: Although this trope is intended to be present, it is never properly utilized to build tension or any sense of urgency. Johnny is supposed to be facing a 24-hour deadline to remove all the computer data from his head, or else he'll die. However, nothing is ever done to inform the viewer of how much time is remaining for Johnny to complete his task as the story progresses. Whenever anybody (or anything) mentions this deadline, the full 24 hours is always stated no matter how much time may have actually passed, and following after the Street Preacher's introduction Preacher is introduced roughly halfway through the story, a specific movie, the deadline is never brought up again in the remaining half of the movie.again. (See Also: MagicCountdown)
10th Aug '16 10:46:13 PM SeanMurrayI
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*** Most metaphorically suggested where evidence of Jane's cybernetic implants are presented as resembling track marks, like a needle drug addict would have. Jane also suffers from NAS and goes through a form of "withdrawal" when she doesn't receive her needed drug treatments.

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*** Most metaphorically suggested where evidence of Jane's cybernetic implants are presented as resembling track marks, like a needle drug addict would have. Jane also suffers from NAS and goes through a form of "withdrawal" when she doesn't receive her needed the drug treatments.treatments that she needs.
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