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Along with his new friends, a teenager who was arrested by the US Secret Service and banned from using a computer for writing a computer virus discovers a plot by a nefarious hacker, but they must use their computer skills to find the evidence while being pursued by the Secret Service and the evil computer genius behind the virus.
Still corny. Still ridiculous. Still preposterous. Still outrageous. And I love the shit out of it. Love the characters, love the locales, love all the "geeky tech" talk and love the style. Lorraine Bracco is the only thing that bugs in this movie.
The montage with the spinning phone booths... aw yeah.
Recreate the experience of watching this film, by getting a friend to scream, "NINETIES KIDS ARE SO RADICAL", in your face for an hour and a half.
Two things immediately come to mind when anyone mentions this movie to me:
1. My buttocks transfers more data than the modems they use in this film.
2. If William Gibson had been born with half a retarded squirrel for a brain instead of the mind that resulted in him being the Marshall McLuhan of cyberpunk science fiction, he probably would have been the one to write the script for Hackers.
Does this count as sci-fi? Well it's definitely set in the future from when it was made. It also has that "3-dimensional display to represent a computer network" trope going on. It's funny watching it today because it's weird to see futuristic high-tech involving floppy disks and people impressed with 100MB of disk space.
For some reason people in the 90s seem to be portrayed as wearing blindingly bright coloured clothes and they do not skimp in that department here. Even though I don't think these are clothes anyone was ever wearing in real life, this film has its characters modelling the very epitome of the supposed 90s fashions.
Angelina Jolie's acting is frankly a bit on the bland side…
Neon colors everywhere, inline skates, euro techno music, latex pants, round purple sunglasses, virtual reality and guys with dyed blonde hair. A fashion period which most of us (as a kid grown up in the 90s) would like to forget.
There are some unwatchable 90s movie and this is one of them. The film only worked at his time. Even young sweet Angelina Jolie can't save the film.
I am not an IT Expert and even I as a kid realised how outrageous the hacking is shown.
I used to watch this all the time when I was a teenager because I was totally going to be a 133t hax0r. It really doesn't hold up well and not just because of the outdated technology. A lot of the "computer lingo" they use makes no fucking sense. They are just spouting off computer terms without really using them properly. Just arranging them so they sound cool. The story is so predictable it is not even funny. The acting is terrible. Man, thank god Matthew Lillard doesn't have much of a career anymore. How annoying is he in this movie?
Hack the planet!
This is bad, but at least it's entertainingly bad.
Fun movie but only for those who were teens or twens in the 90's. For those who remember the soundtrack, those who will get nostalgic instead of annoyed when ludicrous 'hacking' is accompanied by Tron-like screens. Those from the time when a 28.8k modem was considered top of the line, when computers needed a phone connection, data was saved on disks and Angelina Jolie could play a schoolgirl.
This movie gets worse with age.
Still good after all these years...
I just remember my brother going apoplectic over the inaccuracies until I made him leave the room. I still like this movie way more than I should. It's not like people who love this movie don't KNOW that it's dated and ridiculous...but sometimes love isn't about that. I mean, the people you love are sometimes a bit dated and ridiculous too, right?
I love this movie even tho its a turd.
A cheesy 90's techno-thriller that encapsulates what the 1990's were like in one film.
It isn't a great film or even necessarily a good one but it's a fun flick and is worth checking out for the cheese and the 90's overload.
Enjoyable but quite dated action Sci Fi thriller, Hackers is entertaining for what it is, but it’s not great either. This is a good film, and it’s a fun one at that, but like I said, the film does look dated and if you watch it, you’ll definitely get the dated vibe from it. The effects look way past their time, and it does kind of take away from the enjoyment of the film a bit. Nonetheless it’s a fun entertaining film to watch if you have nothing better to watch, and the cast here are quite good in their performances. Hackers is one of those 90’s nostalgia films that are worth revisiting if you want to get the feel…
Not as bad as I remember it, but still no where near as good as Sneakers.
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