* Why did [=PharmaKom=] create the cure to NAS if they were just going to suppress it?
** FridgeBrilliance: Because they wanted a ''treatment'', something they could make people pay for on an extended basis. That's what they're making a killing on.
*** FridgeLogic: But if a treatment is more profitable than a cure, why in the world is [=PharmaKom=] then wasting those very profits on creating a cure that they have no intention to use in the first place? Moreover, it's not like a cure for the disease wouldn't [[CutLexLuthorACheck reap tremendous economic benefit]] and [[VillainWithGoodPublicity a ton of goodwill and a glowing public image for the cure's creator(s)]], anyway.
*** The treatment is likely derived from the cure.
*** Is it? I don't remember that being established anywhere. Given that the OpeningScroll tells us that the cure is supposed to be "unknown" at the very beginning of the story, it would be flat out contradictory if the cure had actually been around since roughly the very start of the NAS plague before they put lesser treatments on the market.
** [=PharmaKom=] didn't even make the cure for NAS available to their own employees and staff to make sure that they couldn't get the disease themselves, as evidenced in Takahashi's storyline with his daughter. What's the point in a company using their own money and resources in researching and creating a cure for a disease if they're not even going to inoculate '''''themselves''''' and are just going to sit on it? Creating the cure was an entirely pointless venture for them.
** Why is the corporation even suppressing the cure in the first place? The "treating the disease is more profitable than curing it" rationale is totally flawed; if half the people in the world are victims to this plague yet the evil corporation can stand to reap one hell of a profit from a cure with a very low markup (as well as gain a ton of [[VillainWithGoodPublicity good PR]]--a Nobel Prize for Medicine, anyone?). TomCruise gets to make $20 million-per-movie just because he can get millions of people to pay $10 for a ticket--not by getting a dozen BillGates types to pay a million bucks each. That same logic would apply here; if 500 million people (likely a ''generous'' underestimate for what ''half'' the world population in Gibson's Sprawl universe would be) were suffering from NAS, and the evil corporation sold the cure for a $10 profit[[note]]On top of base fees for base materials, production, and taxes.[[/note]] per sale, the corporation would already have $5 billion in their pocket. Instead, [=PharmaKom=] sells on-going treatments at $2,000-a-pop. How many people out of HALF the entire planet would be expected to be able to pay that much money on a continual basis? [[YouFailEconomicsForever PharmaKom could be making an incredibly easy couple billion dollars by selling something everybody wants at a low price everybody can pay and afford, but instead they only try and sell something very few people could ever have a chance to pay for regularly.]] Again, '''you don't make billions of dollars in profits selling something only a handful of wealthy elites can afford.'''
*** Except that pricing the treatment highly ensures keeps poor people from getting it regularly. Maybe they're [[AnimalWrongsGroup environmentalists]] doing some PopulationControl.
*** Only [=PharmaKom=] is a corporation that is supposed to be marketing products to the public. [[YouFailEconomicsForever And you won't be making much money selling your products if you're actively trying to kill off the general population and your potential consumers.]]
*** This argument is trivially easy to counter. If they sell the treatments for $10 profit then they make the same money they would from the the cure, but they make that money ''indefinately.''
**** It's "easy to counter" so much that taking this position requires one to stop reading after seeing the phrase "$10 profit" and blatantly disregard where it's pointed out that the bad guys in-story are explicitly '''NOT''' doing this but are, in fact, selling what products they do make publicly available at exorbitantly high prices, like "2 grand-per-clinical unit", that only a much smaller fraction of those suffering from the disease could ever afford to pay on a regular, never-ending regimen.
** The answer is that, like in a lot of cyberpunk stories, they're Straw Capitalists who claim to be doing it for the money but are more accurately just doing it ForTheEvulz.
*** But then they have no business being described as "straw capitalists" in the first place, if they're not in it for the money, and there's no point in any of the primary antagonists being involved in running a MegaCorp if their principal goal ''isn't'' to turn a profit. Through their actions, they'd be hurting ''themselves'' (both personally and as a corporate entity) just much as they are hurting the rest of the world. [=PharmaKom=] doesn't even distribute the cure to their own high-ranking staff and their own families, as evidenced with Takahashi, so that they could be immunized from NAS while the rest of the world dies off from it. This isn't ForTheEvulz at all; it's just pointless, easily-avoidable suicide at the expense of the rest of the planet, which would only be dragged down with them, which is is flat out irrational and stupid. It's a wonder how [=PharmaKom=] even managed to build itself up as a massive corporate entity in the first place, if their sole intention is only to run themselves into the ground and NOT sell certain products that are in ''increasingly'' high demand at prices which could turn a sizable profits.

* The [=PharmaKom=] defectors destroyed the only other copy of the cure. The only existing copy of the cure is in Johnny's head. If [=PharmaKom=] isn't interested in using or profiting from the cure in any way, why do they even bother to seek to preserve his head? They could just shoot him in the head, the cure would be gone forever, and they'd still get exactly what they want.
** The Yakuza are the ones seeking Johnny's head, and they're only nominally on the same side as [=PharmaKom=]. If they actually got it, they'd be more likely to use it for blackmail than return it to Takahashi.
*** Only ''nominally'' on the same side? Shinji informs Takahashi that he was explicitly given the job of recovering Johnny's head by one of [=PharmaKom=]'s offices (Tokyo); he acts on behalf of their interests. This is his job; the evil corporation is paying him and his yakuza soldiers to do this for them. Why would Shinji want to use Johnny's head to blackmail the corporation when the corporation would already pay him for doing what they want done (which Shinji had already agreed to, no less), anyway?
*** Not to mention, what would Shinji expect to blackmail anybody for? The data in Johnny's head has no monetary value to anybody. On one side, the evil corporation wants to ensure that nobody gets it, and on the other, the underground resistance wants to give it out for free. Nobody would be giving a blackmailer any money for it because they have no interest in using it to make that money back, anyway.
*** Johnny even makes an attempt at negotiating with the corporation himself, and they were revealed to never have any interest in making a deal, anyway. They just showed up at the meeting point with their hit-squads (who were led by Shinji, so much for only "nominally" being on the same side) and aimed to kill him. Having already gone through this once, why would the evil corporation not do the same exact thing if ''another'' person then tried to make a similar deal in exchange for the same data?
*** Which still brings us back right where we started--'Why wouldn't parties acting to suppress the information in Johnny's head and ensure that nobody gets it (and that includes Shinji and the Yakuza) [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim just shoot him]] in the head?'

* The OpeningScroll explains that in 2021, [[MegaCorp corporations "rule,"]] and [[LaResistance a resistance movement]] emerged to take down the [[CorruptCorporateExecutive corporations]]. But what's the corporations' response to the growing resistance? Hire the {{Yakuza}}. I mean... [[FlatWhat What?]] Seriously, couldn't they have just used their immense wealth and influence to influence and/or buy out government and law enforcement departments to work for their interests?
** Well, yeah. The corporations implicitly own the cops and the army, but contract out ''really'' dirty tricks to the guys who do dirty tricks for a living.
*** But why would a corporation even do that if they have '''the police and army''' in their pocket? The Yakuza operates ''outside'' law and order; police and the army ''enforce exactly what law and order are supposed to be'' and would likely have a lot more resources at their disposal. You're saying the corporations have access to professional soldiers, who would actually be ''trained'' as well as have the most access to the best available equipment, but the corporations would rather give out all their more violent jobs involving sensitive corporate materials to street thugs and gangsters; that just sounds so pointless and unnecessary when you have ''the army''.
*** TwoWords - [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plausible_deniability Plausible Deniability]]. And they ''do'' call in the army anyway when they lay siege to Lo-Tek headquarters.
*** Were those guys ''really'' the army? I always thought those guys were part of [=PharmaKom=]'s private security (which would be equally bizarre, if they indeed have access to police and military) or, at best, a [[DirtyCop crooked SWAT team]]. I just remember Shinji dressing ''exactly'' like those [[{{Mook}} mooks]], and he was definitely not part of the army. And what would they need plausible deniability for if they pretty much own or even ''are'' the government; can't they just influence the law enforcement and justice divisions that we're already arguing they had control of? If you're running The System, you can basically pull all the strings to just make you look like the good guy. Introduce legislation that benefits your corporate agenda. Print propaganda. Brand the Lo-Teks, NAS Underground, and corporate "defectors" as Enemies of the State and use your influence over government bodies to use police and military to wipe them out. There's no need to ever have to ''hire the Yakuza'', ever, even if your corporation is supposed to be under Japanese ownership.
*** Neither the army nor crooked SWAT teams raid Heaven. They are the Yakuza. All the characters refer to them as the Yakuza.
*** The problem is that just about everyone in the world is GenreSavvy enough to recognize any of the above(let alone all of the above combined) as indicative of a police state. OTOH, street gangs at war in broad daylight is guaranteed to make sheeple scream [[TheEvilsOfFreeWill "MORE COPS! SEARCH OUR HOMES! JUST FIND THE CRIMINALS AND KILL THEM!"]]
*** Police state or not, a MegaCorp making full use of government institutions would have only been a benefit for its own agenda, in addition to [[VillainWithGoodPublicity creating a better PR image]] than what relying on organized crime syndicates would garner.
*** They don't exactly advertise that they hire the Yakuza. Paying the Yakuza to commit crimes is less complicated than bribing various agencies over and over again - the Beijing police for the hotel raid, the Newark police for the bulk of the movie. And cops usually don't have expensive training and weapons.
*** No, they don't "advertise" that they hire the Yakuza, they just put them in middle-management positions overseeing entire global regions (Takahashi). Corporate relations to organized crime in this world were ''never'' exactly subtle. Even Jane knows that the Yakuza has great corporate ties.
*** Are you assuming that Takahashi is part of the Yakuza just because he's Asian...?
*** No, this is based on the character having an ornate dragon tattoo on his back (a common trait among yakuza soldiers) and a passive remark that demonstrates how he recognizes that Shinji only got his laser wire thumb after having to perform {{Yubitsume}}. Granted, these clues might not be easy to pick up on if one watching the movie isn't already familiar with yakuza customs and rituals, but it's evident alright. Moreover, the Japanese edit of the film includes an additional scene in which Takahashi executes two people Shinji had appointed as his personal "kobuns" after remarking that he never gave Shinji permission to have kobuns--something which Takahashi should not have the authority to do, if he weren't a ranking member of the yakuza.

* The Lo-Teks fight their enemies with crossbows and falling cars, in accordance with their low technology values. They also hijack satellite television signals to broadcast their own messages '''globally''' and use a cyborg dolphin to [[HollywoodHacking hack]] into human brains.
** The Lo-Teks could be more appropriately known as {{Schizo Tech}}s - they steal any weapons they can and kitbash the rest. After they rescued Jones from the U.S. Navy, he became the core of their hacking system. Guerrilla warfare at its most basic.
*** But then why do they only use crossbows if they could just take the heavier firepower their slain enemies always carry? It's not like they never had the opportunity to steal ''that''.
*** Firearms are harder to maintain, and ammo is harder to come by. Crossbows are quiet - and wrist-mounted ones are great for sneak attacks.
*** No Lo-Teks ever made sneak attacks with crossbows or bladed projectiles though. We can replace all of the Lo-Teks' firing weapons with actual guns, and everything they did would have played out exactly the same.
*** During J-Bone and Johnny's first meeting, J-Bone kills a mook with a wrist-mounted blade launcher made with surgical tubing - and it worked precisely because the mook believed both J-Bone and Johnny were unarmed. He barely has time to register that, "Yes, the street rat I was about to curbstomp just put a throwing knife through my throat with a five-dollar piece of shit" before he keels over.
*** The wrist-mounted blade-launcher was still in plain sight on J-Bone's arm and worn over his clothes, not to mention how extending an arm towards someone pointing a gun at you isn't exactly a ''subtle'' movement. J-Bone's skill at killing "the black cowboy" or whoever he was has less to do with being sneaky and everything to do with being quick enough to get a shot off before the other guy. J-Bone may as well have just shot him with a handgun, and it wouldn't have changed a thing.
*** Again, this all comes down to SchizoTech: If they expect high tech, go low. If they expect low, go high. The mook was expecting to get shot at, not shanked at range.
*** First, you're mentioning something here that was exclusive to the original short story; the film and the original stories are separate adaptations, separate continuities; they shouldn't be mixed, especially when the [=LoTeks=]' actual values and methods ''in the film'' were largely left unexplained beyond being at war with the corporations and hacking satellite TV signals from TheMan's "500 Channel universe." Second, given how established the [=LoTeks=] are as a faction in this world (even a low-level idiot {{Mook}} like "Baldie" knows ''EXACTLY'' who J-Bone is), not expecting that anybody they fight to have any knowledge of their preferences for crossbows and other bladed projectile weapons (when not standing directly beneath their "headquarters," at least) is [[WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief a pretty difficult thing to buy]]. And again, J-Bone's wrist-mounted knife launcher is '''''clearly visible on his arm'''''. Being low tech or high tech has nothing to do with it; when someone is wielding an obvious weapon that is typical of his faction's fighting techniques in plain view of someone else who is in a position to kill him, pointing it at the threat in question and getting a shot off in time is just something that comes down to sheer speed and luck--not stealth, and definitely not the type of weapon used. All in all, J-Bone and the [=LoTeks=] could have reasonably used guns throughout the entire movie without any drastic consequences.

* When Johnny points a gun at J-Bone and demands J-Bone tells him who he is, J-Bone ''immediately'' tells Johnny (a total stranger to him at this time...who could be ''anybody''...and who is [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment pointing a gun at him]]) that he is the leader of the underground resistance that fights the corporations, and then he ''points to where his base of operations is''.
** In a bit of (probably unintentional) FridgeBrilliance, however, this particular act of stupidity eventually does lead to all of the resistance movement's enemies finding out the location of their headquarters from Johnny.
* He was hoping that since the Yakuza wanted to kill the guy, he was a potential ally. And given that he's pretty much a criminal, he was pretty desperate. Still stupid, though.

* How come Shinji's molecuwire whip can cut through anything you can think of...except for a chain-link gate?

* One of Ralfi's bodyguards helps Shinji chase down Johnny and Jane [[spoiler: after Shinji killed Ralfi]]. Why would she want to help the person who [[spoiler: killed her own employer and the person she was supposed to bodyguard]]? Your guess is as good as mine.
** How about - "My boss is dead, I never liked him that much, maybe this guy has money to pay me?" There's a reason bad guys prefer mercenaries.
*** Only she ''did'' like Ralfi, as they showed signs of a sexual relationship in addition to their already present business relationship. She doesn't even have a single apparent reason to '''not''' like Ralfi; in fact, if Jane's criticisms about the age and speed of Ralfi's bodyguards have any merit, Ralfi is very likely the only person who would have even been willing to employ them in the first place (which would be enforced by the fact that Shinji ''didn't'' hire her, even in spite of her not taking any issue with him for murdering her employer for very little reason). The bodyguard's only real incentive to give chase was to get back at Jane for beating her up and criticizing her even earlier, but this plot thread is heavily marred by the FridgeLogic revolving around Shinji's actions and her unexplained, unmentioned exit from the story once the chase is over.

* There's a scene that explains that the AI (a.k.a. "Electronic Ghost Woman") in the movie, Anna Kalmann, has Swiss citizenship under "the artificial intelligence laws of 2016," but by the end of the movie, [=PharmaKom=] has sent a virus to "burn" her out of ''their own computer mainframe''. But why should she be a part of [=PharmaKom=]'s computer database if she's a Swiss citizen, and if Switzerland went through the trouble of passing legislation on the issue, shouldn't they also reasonably take measures to protect their AI citizens with data-storage space set aside specifically for them?
* The "Corporations Rule" the world. There isn't an independent Switzerland anymore. With the cure released, they're about to have a world-wide FrenchRevolution. They killed her as their parting shot.
** If there isn't an independent Swiss government anymore, then there would NEVER be any Swiss laws to ever bring up.
*** There are one set of laws for serfs, and another set for corps.
** Well, the particular laws we're talking about here recognized the "Electronic Ghost Woman" as a Swiss citizen. And whether her being the CEO of a corporation has any added benefit under the law or not, being recognized by a country as an AI citizen should come with the all rights, benefits, and privileges endowed to a citizen of that country, which, in the case of an Artificial Intelligence, protection from foreign threats and viruses would sound like a given (and, hey, if corporate types are getting preferential treatment under the law, well, helloooo, we got a wonderful AI CEO to please). It's just terrible how the filmmakers would come up with such a detailed backstory to both explain and ''justify'' the existence of the AI character only to completely discard it and ignore it by the time they were trying to come up with an exit for the character to make from the movie. [[TheyJustDidntCare They Just Didn't Care]] about some things.
** AdaptationExplanationExtrication; Other Gibson work explain that the Swiss-citizenship thing is a mostly symbolic political compromise between the Swiss government (apparently the only one that gave a damn) and some international companies. For an AI being a Swiss-citizen meant that the AI itself had the freedom to act independent of any owners, but the hardware on which the AI was kept could still be owned by a private individual or company. To protect the interest of private companies the hardware itself did not need to be kept in Switzerland. This concept was shoehorned into the JM movie with any scenes explanation the concept either left on the cutting-room floor, or never made at all.
*** But wait, she couldn't have been kept on any hardware with [=PharmaKom=] because she was able to leave their network entirely to appear on the television set at the hotel room in Beijing (she's one of the three images for the download code) and on the Lo Tek's network during the story's climax. It's safe to say that her consciousness could freely explore all of cyberspace ''and'' leave the [=PharmaKom=] network. How would removing her from the corporate computer mainframe kill her when she could already willingly leave it on her own?
** They might, if they care enough about their citizen to have assumed that responsibility. Few countries assign personal bodyguards to every citizen living and working abroad. She chose to "live" and "work" in the yakuza mainframe, why would Switzerland set hur up with her private home just because she's Swizz? They might file charges against her murderers, like most countries do when their citizens are killed abroad but considering how bad most countries are at taking care of their own [i]even in their own country[/i] it wouldn't be difficult to assume that Switzerland has other concerns.
*** The AI is digital data. Do world governments not place their digital data on protected servers so hackers can't send in viruses to "burn the mainframe"?
*** We're talking about an Artificial Intelligence. "Living and working abroad" is pretty much meaningless when you live in a computer system. Again, if the Swiss supposedly passed laws that allow AI's to gain citizenship, it's only rational that they can reside in a Swiss databank that provides ''some'' protection from foreign threats and invaders, no different than how the Swiss Army protects their flesh and blood citizens residing in the country from foreign threats and invaders. If the AI in this movie is going to, apparently, exist on a corporate computer mainframe, then there may not as well have ever been any mention of "Swiss Artificial Intelligence Laws" at all and the AI could've just been called the "property" of [=PharmaKom=].

* In response to Johnny's line about the cure being worth a lot of money, a movie critic once asked in response, "To who? The corporation that wants to hide it and do nothing with it or the people who want to give it out for free?" This is a very valid question. Who in this movie is in a position to gain ''any'' kind of monetary profit from the information in Johnny's head (the Street Preacher contracted to bring Johnny's head to the corporation doesn't count)?

* It's established very early in the film that Johnny must undergo a very expensive and risky "procedure" in Chiba City to remove his brain implant if he were to regain his lost memories of his childhood. It's also made apparent later that getting the implant required him to remove a chunk of his brain, which is to the reason for Johnny's childhood memories being lost. However, the story inexplicably concludes with Johnny's lost memories returning to him, without ever undergoing the "procedure" to remove his implant and/or restore the missing parts of his brain mentioned in the initial moments of the story. The filmmakers appear to be implying that completing the download code for the [=PharmaKom=] data in Johnny's head brought these memories back to him, but this would make zero sense and contradict everything established between Johnny and Ralfi in the very first scene.
** Indeed, if the intention of the filmmakers is to establish that the download code restores Johnny's lost memories, this [[VoodooShark only raises more questions than it does answer]]. Why would [=PharmaKom=] have Johnny's childhood memories? What purpose would the corporation have for them? Why would the corporate "defectors" [[spoiler: whose only intentions are to leak the cure for NAS]] steal them? By what [[ContrivedCoincidence coincidence]] did they happen to hire the courier which these memories belong to? Why wouldn't they have told Johnny that a portion of what he's uploading is specifically for him and not the client Johnny is supposed to be meeting in Newark? Why would the memories selectively remain in Johnny's head and not get broadcasted around the world with the rest of the data when [[spoiler: the cure for NAS]] is finally downloaded?

* An enormous issue for Johnny completing his delivery is the possession of a complete "download" code he has the customer randomly make from three stills of a live broadcast he can't see. He later tries to get at a copy of the complete code that was supposed to be sent via fax, even going so far as to track down the dated phone records from the hotel room this transpired in and then look at the fax buffer list for a corresponding timestamp. Is it really so hard to apply the same principle to looking up what was being broadcast that specific day, on that specific channel, at that specific time, and just grab the long but still finite number of possible stills from a copy of the movie?
** The images for the download code are "random" images from the TV. Specific channels may not be known ''or'' easy to determine--especially when future TV is, in J-Bone's words, a "500-channel universe".

* Why does Jane even fall in love, let alone feel ''any'' sympathy for, Johnny by the end of the movie? Johnny never gets Jane the money he says he'd pay her for getting him out of the tight spot with Shinji and Ralfi, he "scams" her "phone card" when she would prefer that not happen, ''he prepares to abandon her and leave her for dead in a pile of garbage when she suffers a seizure from her illness''[[note]]This puts Jane in a position where she struggles to speak in order to convince Johnny that someone she knows might be able to help ''him'' with ''his'' problem--and herself, as well, but it's the fact that Jane says Spider can help ''him'' that convinces Johnny to take Jane to Spider.[[/note]], he doesn't show any desire to help get Jane [[spoiler: the cure for her illness]] when he finds out what the data inside his brain implant is, he gives the villains the location of Jane's friends' (the Lo-Teks) hideout, and he brushes her off when she tries to talk emotional sense into him ("Maybe it's not just about ''you'' anymore!") and whines about how much he'd rather just have a beer, a sandwich, and a prostitute. Yet after that most juvenile, selfish, and callous rant, Jane feels nothing but sympathy for Johnny! Jane’s sudden affection for Johnny in the third act doesn’t seem redeeming; rather, it makes her look like one of those women who are most attracted to the guys who will care for them ''the least'' in return.
** Don't you know that AllGirlsWantBadBoys? *sigh* honestly though, the main reason why she likes him ''by the end of the movie'' is that he gave the cure for free, and it is in fact implied in a scene that he does it at least in part for her. Why she liked him before that, though, is anyone's guess.
*** The problem lies in the character development. Johnny never shows the least bit of care for Jane for the first three-quarters of the movie; this goes beyond simply being a "bad boy", as even bad boys actually ''care'' about their girls. In fact, after he had already been seen preparing to abandon her when she gets a seizure, it's any wonder that he would push her out of the way of a falling car[[note]]Not to mention that Jane should probably have been able to take care of herself (see: InformedAbility and SuperReflexes on the main page), if not, been able to push ''Johnny'' out of the way.[[/note]] before immediately telling her off ("I had it with you") and expressing desire to rather be with a high-end prostitute. Likewise, Jane is always giving Johnny lip (deservedly) for various decisions that take advantage of her services (scamming her "phone card") and put her own friends in danger (giving the bad guys the location of the [=LoTek=] headquarters). These characters shouldn't have anything more to do with each other, which makes the sudden romance that blossoms between them in the third act feel tacked-on, poorly established, and in violation of every other interaction between them. Jane kisses Johnny when she has little reason to do so, and because of that kiss Johnny wants to "hack his own brain" for her. That's pretty much it.

* In the OpeningScroll, the [=LoTeks=] are initially described as "a resistance movement risen from the streets" and made up of "hackers", "guerrilla-fighters", and the like. All this implies a very loose, grassroots, decentralized, divided-into-smaller-and-independent-cells vibe (which would, of course, be an advantage to a group comprised of "hackers" and "guerrilla-fighters"). However, a few paragraphs later (and for the movie's portrayal of the organization), they are described as having "strongholds". Why would hackers and guerrilla-fighters have strongholds? Shouldn't that make them less of a threat? By their very nature, guerrilla-fighters and hackers imply the existence of a dispersed, asymmetrical organization, spread out, you know, "like rats in the walls"; Anonymous functions in a similar way in our modern times. Instead, the movie depicts all the [=LoTeks=] as being ''camped together'' in one "headquarters"--inside a derelict suspension bridge from which the lights they have running could be seen for ''miles'' in the perpetually nighttime sky, and high above ground which makes an easy location for their enemies to surround them and take siege of the place (wink, wink). Given who these people are supposed to be and what values they are intended to believe in, the idea of a main headquarters/fortress which Heaven serves as is contradictory to everything that should be defining the [=LoTeks=] and is only a detriment to their apparent skills and abilities.

* After escaping from Ralfi and Shinji at the nightclub, Johnny and Jane run down an alleyway where Jane stops to retrieve a duffel bag containing her "gear" hidden in a pile of garbage bags. When did she ever put the bag there, and how could Jane have known before she arrived at the club with Spider that she would be coming down this same alleyway again, later that night, to retrieve it out of necessity?
** Even earlier at the nightclub, Jane asked the bartender to hand her equipment she had left with him, anyway; why couldn't she have left the duffel bag with the bartender, too?
*** Hell, why couldn't she have just been carrying the duffel bag with her the entire time from her first appearance onward?
** Jane discloses the contents of the bag in a later scene, saying she has mace (which she never uses in the course of the film, so we can just go on and pretend she never had this in the first place), throwing spikes (which she had already had on her person and had already been shown using them when rescuing Johnny at the nightclub, so she didn't need to get them from the duffel bag, anyway), and a pink grenade (the only item she didn't already have and the only item from the bag itself that is actually used). Why did Jane even need to find a bag just to get this one item when she could have already had it in her coat pocket or received it from the bartender?

* In RealLife, "uploading"/"downloading" digital information only involves creating/receiving a ''copy'' of the existing information from/onto a(n) old/new source". For instance, downloading one's [=iTunes=] library onto an [=iPod=] doesn't remove the music library from its original source; it only makes a copy of itself on the [=iPod=]. This logic is initially carried over in ''JohnnyMnemonic'' when the 320Gb uploaded into Johnny's NeuroVault by [=PharmaKom=]'s defectors; all Johnny gets is a new copy made of the data, which is why the defectors still "destroy the original" as its no longer the only existing form of the data. However, after this scene, the entire nature of what computer "uploads" and "downloads" are changes in this universe. Once Johnny initiates the "download" in Newark, "downloading" the 320Gb now ''removes the data from his head completely'', instead of only making a copy of it it, as was already established in this universe, and which should mean that the data should still be in Johnny's head and should still be killing him.
** This brings up another flaw in the narrative: If this is a world where people have hard drives with space for data storage in their brains, and there are devices which can be plugged into them to expand this hard drive space and others to allow for the storing of data in them, wouldn't there also be devices which people can plug in their hard drives to outright ''delete'' data? And if Johnny is a person who couldn't care less about what is in his head, anyway ("Fuck the product; I just want it out!")--even after he finds out what the data is--why couldn't he have gone and get some gizmo like that to flush everything out of his implant?
** Presumably, the data being locked in his brain prevents him from deleting it. Once the code is found the data can be handled - which includes copying it and deleting it.
*** In other words, [[IdiotPlot "If he could do that, then there would be no movie."]]
*** The whole point of the service Johnny provides is that he's ''secure'' and secret transport for data. If he could mess with the data in his own head, including deleting it, it wouldn't be very secure, now would it? Thus the data being accessible only to someone who has the code, IE the receiving party, makes perfect sense.
**** The data can't even stay in Johnny's implant, anyway, because he exceeded its capacity for data storage. If the data is leaking into his brain, then it was never very "secure" in the first place. Heck, if such an implant can't have safeguards to ensure that data limits for storage capacity are not exceeded, then the only alternative without easy access to a download code (nevermind issues of how the download code would even be able to retrieve excess data that has already already leaking out of a storage unit and into someone's brain or the the original point brought up here about how specifically "downloading" data doesn't ''remove'' it from its original source) would be an emergency medical procedure to override the implant and flush everything out of the person's head. The EverythingSensor at customs at the Newark airport even implores Johnny to specifically seek medical attention for his condition so something could definitely be done here about this, and if Johnny only cares about his own life and nothing else, it's a wonder why he doesn't seek this out.
**** The villains themselves also plot to "extract" (Ralfi's words) the data from Johnny's head without having a completed download code. So there are definitely established methods to hack and override the implant's download encryption protocols.

* Jane ''never'' approves of Johnny's "plan" to negotiate with the corporation and Yakuza. She even chews him out when Johnny arranges to meet the bad guys at the [=LoTeks'=] headquarters. Knowing that she never liked this idea and is supposed to be "old friends" with the [=LoTeks=], why didn't she ever warn J-Bone that the Yakuza would be coming to the bridge and should prepare for an attack on their headquarters? Why is it suddenly a big surprise to everyone when the Yakuza finally arrive looking to kill all of them and blow up their base with a rocket launcher? Assuming Johnny was supposed to have some "grand scheme" up his sleeve when telling them to meet him at the bridge, why didn't ''he'' inform the [=LoTeks=] of it, either?

* If Johnny was more willing to negotiate with [=PharmaKom=] and trying to get money for the data in his head, why does he bother to seek out Jones at the [=LoTeks'=] base? Why does he even try to get the data out of his head with the [=LoTeks=] assistance ''before'' the Yakuza he had already agreed to meet with to make a deal show up?

* Because Johnny's childhood flashbacks suggest [[spoiler: that his mother was the founder of the [=ParmaKom=] corporation who became the electronic ghost in the corporate computer mainframe]], it bears asking, "What happened to Johnny that was supposed to have set him on the path to losing his long-term memory and becoming a courier?" Why wouldn't Johnny have been raised to follow [[spoiler: his mother]] in running the corporation? Why wouldn't he have inherited anything [[spoiler: from her estate, including the corporation she created, after she had died]]? Why would Johnny need to take up a job as a black market data smuggler when he would already have been raised among the upper-class elite and would have everything anyone could ever wish to have?

* Uh... why does the Pharmakom building spontaneously catch on fire in the end?
** Not ''why''--'''''how'''''. The ''why'' is easy; as J-Bone says, "It's payback time." The general populace finally fights back hard against the evil corporation. But '''''how''''' anybody stormed the sky scraper, reached the top floors, and started a fire that large in a matter of ''seconds'' after [[spoiler: the cure for NAS was leaked]] is unexplained and [[WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief difficult to believe]].
*** Unless [=PharmaKom=] did it themselves? Seeing that they had begun "burning" the AI out of their computer mainframe with ''digital'' fire. Who is to say they didn't graduate from there to the real thing? On the other hand, that alone wouldn't explain the original question of ''why'' [=PharmaKom=] would do that to themselves or ''why'' that would happen.

* Why would you put a data storage device in your brain? You can take out a lot more intestine without problem than brain.
** The "data storage device" is not ''in'' his brain, it ''is'' his brain. He has an I/O port in his head, and his childhood's been erased to make space for a few gigs of squishy RAM. Security freaks have the right to force nursing mothers to ''drink their own breast milk'' - confiscating a shiny mini-disc would be no problem whatsoever. Johnny's implant is a completely undetectable hiding place; as it turns digital data into memories, it's plugged into the Broca region of his brain and is identical to a perfectly legal dyslexia prosthetic. The difference is that he has a file folder in his head, which can only be identified, let alone accessed, with the download code - there's nothing for even the most sociopathically perverted OverreactingAirportSecurity to find.
*** The NeuroVault '''''is''''' "in his brain". It's not the entirety of Johnny's brain; it's only a part of his brain. He only had to remove a chunk of his brain which stored his long-term memory to make room for the storage device. It's also the obvious intention of the filmmakers to suggest that, despite how cool the device may sound on paper, installing one of these implants is a horrendous thing to do to oneself (or one's brain). Johnny doesn't like having lost part of his memory to make room for his implant, he wants to get out of the courier business and have the missing parts of his brain returned to him, and he has to endure tremendous pain whenever he uploads anything into it.
*** It's "wet-wired" - he effectively has a part of his brain sequestered for digital information. His brain is fully intact - it is his ''mind'' that has been mutilated. But yeah, horrible.
*** When his brain gets scanned early on, the computer identifies it as a "dyslexia prosthesis". The point isn't just to have the space, it's to have the space and make sure it gets past security.
*** What? So such an implant can only be disguised as something else only if its stored in the brain and not anywhere else?
*** It's a device designed for high-density data storage. Some kind of medical neural implant is the best cover available for something with that capability, especially to let him also excuse the I/O port in his skull. (You really don't want to have direct wireless connection capabilities built into something that interfaces directly with your brain, but you still would want to plug in for basic systems maintenance.) Where else could he reasonably hide it that would pass the most thorough inspection while remaining innocuous, not to mention a drastic move to try to take out if it was found?

* Shinji shoots [[spoiler: Takahashi]] in the back during the movie's climax. This is done in a way to suggest that the bullets are so powerful that they go straight through [[spoiler: Takahashi's]] torso and exit his chest. The effect looks really cool, but ''Johnny is standing right in front of [[spoiler: Takahashi]] when he's shot''. Why didn't those powerful bullets that exited his chest not continue to travel forward (as rational physics would suggest) and hit Johnny?
** [[RealityIsUnrealistic "Rational" physics and projectiles entering and exiting the human body have never had a very good relationship.]]
*** By potholing this to RealityIsUnrealistic, do you mean to suggest that this movie carries any basis in ''reality''?
*** Takahashi's exit wounds show pronounced and directional burst from Takahashi. Without anything being known about the ammunition these future guns are using, this much evidence would suggest that the directional path of these projectiles traveling through Takahashi would not deviate much very wide of an unmoving, unflinching Johnny. Out of four shots, the law of probability would very much be in favor of Johnny catching a bullet, as well.

* If it's the filmmakers' idea that the cure for NAS should be broadcast around the world so that it can't be suppressed, why didn't the guys in Beijing who had the data in the first place just spam it all over the Internet?
** They didn't have the capability. Even in our reality, think about what you're saying. "Gosh, why didn't they just use China's internet for the free spread of information?"
*** How could anyone '''''not''''' have the capability when Johnny can easily hack and travel anywhere he wanted inside the web with nothing more than store inventory from "Crazy Bob's Computer Shop", all of which is implied to be commercially available tech? Hell, the guys who initially had the data '''''hired''''' the same character who was shown to have the very "capability" to do the necessary work, and if the threat of [=PharmaKom=] "trackers" in Newark couldn't discourage Johnny from traveling the web, why would he be discouraged by "trackers" in Beijing?
*** And where in the movie is anything established about China's Internet in 2021?

* When Johnny makes his getaway after Shinji and his mooks raid the hotel room he was in, immediately after Johnny leaves the room comes a camera shot of Yakuza henchmen running down a hotel hallway and past what appear to be ''dead bodies on the ground''. Who ever died in the hallway? Who killed them? When? Why were they killed to begin with? We never saw any of it.

* Why were rocket launchers issued to the Corporate/Yakuza henchmen that were left on ground during the raid on the [=LoTek=] headquarters led by Shinji? How many of their own allies who infiltrated the base were inadvertently wiped out when they started firing the rockets into the bridge?
** Surprisingly, this point is somewhat addressed in the Japanese cut, which includes a line where Shinji instructs those with rocket launchers to stay behind and target specific locations on the bridge's underside. However, this [[VoodooShark raises additional questions]] as its not clear where Shinji got his intelligence on the [=LoTek=] stronghold from or how he already knows what areas are of strategic importance when Shinji and his employers only just learned of the [=LoTek's=] location from Johnny merely moments prior.
*** Of course, even if they ''had'' planned to fire rockets into the bridge, it's questionable why this wasn't Step 1 of their siege strategy, ''before'' sending foot soldiers up to infiltrate it, if they were going to utilize rocket launchers at all.
*** Not to mention that their explicit orders to cut off and retrieve Johnny's head must mean squat to them, if they just figure they'll risk shelling him with a rocket launcher.

* When checking up on the body of a [=LoTek=] RedShirt, J-Bone was incapable of sliding down a rope without alerting Baldy, standing just a few feet in front of him with his back turned, to his presence. However, a short time later when Johnny turns his back to him, J-Bone is able to vanish without a trace... along with the body of the dead [=LoTek=] soldier, which J-Bone is presumably carrying with him. That's about 150 lbs of dead weight encumbering a man who is surely either bumbling off in plain sight just a couple of feet out of frame or slowly and noticeably climbing back up the rope and pulley which is unlikely to be able to bear their combined weight. How does Johnny lose sight of J-Bone like this? How is J-Bone this successful doing the absolute impossible when he can't do something more straight-forward like touch ground without a nearby {{mook}} noticing?

* Did the filmmakers give Takahashi a katana as a signature weapon just because he's Asian...?
** No, they gave Takahashi a ''wakizashi'' as one of two signature weapons (the other is a [[RevolversAreJustBetter revolver]]) because he's Japanese, Yakuza, and preparing to engage an opponent he is attempting to behead, while in an enclosed space. Given all that, one would be hard pressed to come up with another weapon more appropriate.

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