Keanu Reeves stars in Johnny Mnemonic, which is getting a fresh HD release to mark its 25th birthday.

Whilst Keanu Reeves busies himself wrapping up work on the fourth Matrix movie, one of his earlier 1990s sci-fi blockbusters is getting a fresh birthday release.

Johnny Mnemomic was notable for being the first movie adaptation of the work of William Gibson. Reeves starred in the movie alongside Dolph Lundgren, Takeshi Kitano, Ice-T, Udo Kier and Henry Rollins. Directed by Robert Longo, in truth the movie didn’t earn particularly good notices on its original release, although I’ve read one or two interviews where Reeves was moved to defend it.

Now, 25 years on, Vertigo reckons the film is ripe for re-evaluation and has thus given it a HD makeover. It’ll be re-releasing the film on digital platforms in HD from May 10th in the UK, although there are no plans that we know of for a fresh cinema release.

If that changes, we’ll let you know. We’ll leave you with the synopsis for now…

In the 21st century the information superhighway has developed so far that cyberspace is the norm for all business and personal dealings. Information has become so important that to shield the most delicate files from cyberspace hackers, the data is transported in the heads of Mnemonic couriers. Johnny (Keanu Reeves) is the best of the bunch, but this time the raw data he carries is so sensitive that he is being pursued by many interested parties, and his failure to deliver the information will hand him the ultimate lateness penalty. 

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