For five years, film critic Scott Tobias compiled "The New Cult Canon" in a regular column for The A.V. Club…
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.
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.
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.
Were they using Virtual Boys? I think a Power Glove would have made the hacking easier
The worst visualizations of hacking, plus embarrassing 1995 fashions, plus way too much rollerblading, plus classic overacting Matthew Lillard SOMEHOW could not ruin this movie for me.
It's incredibly cheesy, but Jonny Lee Miller and Angelina Jolie manage to make this watchable. So much of the movie is laughable that I have a hard time imagining anybody took it seriously at the time. It's like an entire movie of what I imagine the mid-90s were really like, including a guy using a walkman with headphones in the shower.
I have never seen this film before.
The lines in it make me cringe.
The fake computer UIs look like a bad acid trip.
It is totally worth watching.
i still don't know why i like this movie
This is probably my favorite "bad" movie of all time.
I think i like it more with each viewing.
Absolutely amazing electronica soundtrack!
While some of the jargon is silly, and the hacking visuals are just a hilarious trip, the movie is spot on in so many ways, and ahead of its time in so many others.
A different kind of geek.
A high-octane relic of the mid-90s hacker craze, Hackers never seems to move beyond teenage wish fulfillment, but it still remains fun and campy. A young and ethereal Angelina Jolie is the highlight, her trademark pillowy lips never as intrusively filmed as they are here. You almost wish she were the main focus of the film, not to knock on an otherwise fine Jonny Lee Miller. It's a wonder there's any scenery standing whenever Fisher Stevens and Lorraine Bracco are on screen together; both relish their roles as heavys.
How did I get through the nineties without having seen this movie (especially given how often I listened to the soundtrack)? Well...I've seen it now. Yep.
It's hard to believe this movie is 19 years old. Some computer movies age well, not because they got anything right, but because it's so charming how they got it wrong. Hackers isn't one of those movies. It's still totally fucking flabbergasting in its absolute one hundred percent nose to tail failure to understand anything about what computers do, what a computer looks like when you turn it on, how passwords and usernames work, what hackers do. It's kind of an achievement to have gotten so much so wrong, so late in the game, when AOL disks were piling up all across the country. My flabber is gasted.
This is a bit dated now but if you can relate to when it was released it's quite an enjoyable watch
On it's own, this movie is horrible. Just terrible. Fortunately, it's level of cheese deems it worthy as a guilty pleasure film. I wouldn't watch it too many times but I think I wouldn't mind watching it again.
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