Johnny Shortwave

  • 1996
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama, Fantasy, Political

In an Orwellian future Canada, John Howard Clayton -- aka Johnny Shortwave (Emmanuel Mark) -- is the voice of the resistance, a martyr-in-the-making who exhorts the downtrodden workers to throw off their chains and defy the oppressive Industrial Party. The film's look is breathtaking, presenting a totalitarian future through bleak black-and-white images...read more

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In an Orwellian future Canada, John Howard Clayton -- aka Johnny Shortwave (Emmanuel Mark) -- is the voice of the resistance, a martyr-in-the-making who exhorts the downtrodden workers to throw off their chains and defy the oppressive Industrial Party. The film's look is

breathtaking, presenting a totalitarian future through bleak black-and-white images of forbidding industrial architecture. But the Message is cliched (big business is bad!) and the performances sorely lacking. Mark is so painfully uncharismatic that his self-righteous rants are even duller

than government propaganda. And though John Tench strikes a mean pose as villainous government hit man "The Photographer," what he's doing is closer to voguing than acting. By the time drunken former factory worker Vernon King (Jim Feather) -- the dying working class, get it? -- totters into

Clayton's pitiful hideaway, the movie has long worn out its welcome. And it isn't anywhere near over.

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  • Released: 1996
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: In an Orwellian future Canada, John Howard Clayton -- aka Johnny Shortwave (Emmanuel Mark) -- is the voice of the resistance, a martyr-in-the-making who exhorts the downtrodden workers to throw off their chains and defy the oppressive Industrial Party. The… (more)

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