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There is no right or wrong, only fun and boring
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!
In den 90ern waren Computer noch cool und Hacker waren die stylischsten Menschen überhaupt! Hätte ich HACKERS damals gesehen, hätte ich mir ein paar Jahre früher das HTML-Heftchen vom Bahnhof geholt... oder zumindest Informatik statt einer dritten Fremdsprache gewählt, die ich sowieso nie beherrschen würde. Aber leider habe ich diesen Klassiker erst jetzt nachgeholt, und das kann man nicht miteinander vergleichen. Ich frage mich wirklich, wie er damals auf mich gewirkt hätte. 1995 spielte ich Lemmings 2 auf dem 486er meines Vaters, baute mir Papier-Laptops und wusste gerade mal, dass es eine Programmiersprache namens Basic gab, zu der ein lustiges Schlangenspiel gehörte. Bestimmt hätte ich HACKERS cool gefunden.
Aber natürlich ist der Film abseits vom Retro-Bonus Käse. Komplett an der…
A bit dated but I do like the movie, no matter how many times I watch it.
Absurd to the point of being sublime.
Admit it, you've got soft spot for this gem.
this movie is so fucking ridiculous i love it
This movie was awesome when I watched it! The whole computer hacker thing was still kinda new and this gave you a sense of being part of it.
watching it now seems kinda made up but still gives me that nostalgic feeling of good times
Technologically laughable, but good fun.
A true masterpiece of the cinema.
I have nothing more to say about this beautiful beast.
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