Film Friday: Johnny Mnemonic Extended Edition

Johnny Mnemonic

Johnny Mnemonic

Remember when the biggest action star in the world was Keanu Reeves? It happened, people, but it mostly happened because of a big bus and Laurence Fishburne and in spite of Johnny Mnemonic, which was a terrific short story and a generally-accepted-to-be-less-than-terrific movie.

And here it is!

Come on, everyone loves them some real 90’s Cyberpunk YES I CAPITALIZED IT BECAUSE I AM A REBEL!

This also allows me to tell you that back in the 90’s when I was working at Starbucks, William Gibson, the author of Johnny Mnemonic and the considerably more famous Neuromancer, was my regular customer. And he was my favorite customer, for it did my heart good to see a man buying lattes every day with money he earned writing. Once, he stayed away for several weeks, and I asked him if he’d been sick or away. He said, “Oh no, Details magazine flew me to Ireland to interview U2.”

Once I’d gotten up off the floor I asked him if he needed an assistant, but apparently it was not to be my lucky day and he did not.

I also saw him once in the bookstore down the street browsing the Science Fiction section. I looked. There were no Gibson books on the shelves. We locked eyes.

“Must be sold out,” I said.

TO THE FILM!

Johnny Mnemonic: What the fuck is going on? WHAT THE FUCK IS GOING ON? You know, all my life, I’ve been careful to stay in my own corner. Looking out for Number One… no complications. Now, suddenly, I’m responsible for the *entire fucking world*, and everybody and his mother is trying to kill me, IF… IF… my head doesn’t blow up first.

Jane: Maybe it’s not just about you any more.

Johnny Mnemonic: Listen. You listen to me. You see that city over there? THAT’S where I’m supposed to be. Not down here with the dogs, and the garbage, and the fucking last month’s newspapers blowing *back* and *forth*. I’ve had it with them, I’ve had it with you, I’ve had it with ALL THIS – *I want ROOM SERVICE*! I want the club sandwich, I want the cold Mexican beer, I want a $10,000-a-night hooker! I want my shirts laundered… like they do… at the Imperial Hotel… in Tokyo.

h/t YT Cracker

Featured Image Johnny Mnemonic hacks into the Sony Playstation by Surlan Soosay on Flickr

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Categories: 90's, Conspiracy, Cyber, Cyberpunk, Film Friday, Futurism, Identity, Money, Movies, Transhumanism

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