Research – Johnny Mnemonic (1995)

The storyline involves Johnny, the main character, being responsible for transporting vital data via his brain capacity. This film is relevant with my Impossible interface project because I am able to grasp an understanding of the kinds of conventions and themes which are used in order for my work to resemble the connotations of science-fiction.

Science-Fiction is a dominant element of my chipping device idea because the genre strongly implies the theme of futurism.

This film was made in 1995 and it was trying to emulate the year 2021. Because the lack of technology at the time, the directors perception of the future was limited to cliche digital aesthetics. However, for its time, the movies was likely to have been received on a positive light because in general its difficult to realistically interpret and predict what the future, no matter the technology of the time.

Interestingly enough, this film briefly uses the green coding animation which may have inspire the theme for The Matrix, which was then later released in the year 1999.

Noticeably, in this film Johnny was able to carry 80GB of data in his brain. In addition, the process of downloading information into the brain was shown to be painful because Johnny scalp required an incision at the back of his head.

Another key factor in relevance of this film to my project is the way in which a number of transitions in the film feature a sense of space/time-travelling graphics which are also common in science fiction based themes.





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