Johnny Mnemonic got a lot wrong about the year 2021. Dolphins aren’t used as data-crackers (that we know of), and people are currently unable to put computer chips into their brains to transport data (that we know of). However, as poorly-reviewed as the movie was, according to Rotten Tomatoes (it’s not pretty), there’s a surprising amount of plot points that actually did come to fruition. A good portion of the movie deals with increasing class disparity between the mega-corporations and the bottom rung of society. It also predicted the implementations of full body scans at airports prior to 9/11. We have iPhones, Johnny Mnemonic had eyephones (seriously). Out of all the things that could’ve come true from this film, we’re just disappointed that laser whips haven’t been invented.
Amongst all the futuristic tech and social commentary, the film follows Johnny (Reeves), who works as a data courier taking on an important job for a client. The data he needs to transport exceeds his memory capacity, putting his life in jeopardy, but the price is right. Unfortunately, it also makes him the target of less-than-ideal characters. He receives aid from bodyguard Jane (Dina Meyer in her very first film role), and, with the help of tech-doctor Spider (Henry Rollins), they try to save his life. Johnny Mnemonic may not be the most nuanced sci-fi flick to come out, but given that it’s set in 2021 in a society in which scientists are racing to find a cure for a global pandemic, it’s probably worth a watch.