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A young boy is arrested by the US Secret Service for writing a computer virus and is banned from using a computer until his 18th birthday. Years later, he and his new-found friends discover a plot to unleash a dangerous computer virus, 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!
A true masterpiece of the cinema.
I have nothing more to say about this beautiful beast.
My review -- this film is now on DVD and I am going to have to say the profit margin is inconclusive, simply because the box office takings were well under $8 million, but because of the technology used within making this project I am less than convinced that this project made a profit margin in the first place. The plot roughly is as follows, the viewer meets these underground computer hackers as they stumble onto this valuable piece of information which could bring down this entire organization. But the person that they mainly need help from cannot help them because he has a prison sentence hanging over his head. I am not a fan of this film project because…
unrealistic in technical terms. But it can be amusing for how it shows the fashion of the time, specially electronic music
Hack the planet.
Enh, this movie could easily be described as relentlessly mediocre. It has ideas - and chooses to explore none of them.
This movie is a guilty pleasure of mine. And I won't apologize for thinking it's amazing. It needs a blu-ray release.
Hack the planet! Hack the planet!
HACK THE PLANET.
Really doesn't matter how unrealistic it is. It's one of the first instances of techno-camp and I love it. The characters are all great, acting is decent (Miller is a bit awkward, Fisher Stevens is way theatrical) but the only actor that stands out as bad is Lorraine Bracco, who plays Margo, The Plague's accomplice and implied lover.
As ridiculous and unrealistic as the elaborate graphic interfaces of the systems these people hack are though, there's a possible explanation of this being just how the hackers see these systems, not unlike how an operator in the Matrix movies "don't even see the code anymore, all I see is blonde, brunette, redhead..". I don't know, maybe that's just me making excuses…
I can't defend it, i just love it.
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