In the 21st century, information
is the ultimate commodity. In a world where cyberspace is a workaday
reality and outlaw hackers thrive, the most valuable information
must sometimes be transported by mnemonic couriers -- professionals
like Johnny (Keanu Reeves) who offer the ultimate in security
and confidentiality. Johnny guarantees delivery, for the right
price, but he's paid a price of his own -- a heavy one -- for
his chip-enhanced data-storage capacity; he's dumped his own
memories to make room for the programs he smuggles for shadowy
corporate clients. Now, he wants those memories back, and it's
going to be expensive -- so expensive that he'll have to make
one last run to pay for it.
Based on the short story
by acclaimed "cyberpunk" author William Gibson and
directed by celebrated artist Robert Longo, JOHNNY MNEMONIC stars
Keanu Reeves in a unique action adventure that takes us on a
wild ride down the dark side of the information highway to a
place where technology has taken some very lethal turns.
Johnny contracts to deliver
priceless data for a pair of scientists, defectors from Pharmakom,
the world's third-largest corporation. The massive upload is
too much for the mnemonic implant embedded in Johnny's brain.
With no idea of what it is he's carrying, Johnny must find the
secret access-codes that allow him to download the information
-- or die.
But data-overload isn't
the only thing threatening his life. The Yakuza, the world's
most powerful crime-syndicate, are working for Pharmakom. Takahashi
(Takeshi Kitano), the Yakuza sector chief, distrusts his own
men; he secretly hires the ruthless bounty hunter known as Street
Preacher (Dolph Lundgren) and orders him to bring in Johnny's
head... cryogenically preserved. With an army of professional
killers on his trail, and terminal brain-crash closer by the
minute, Johnny's running for his life.