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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!
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I am not much for ironic experiences. At best they are a waste of time and at worst, they are cruel and sad. I know a lot of people do genuinely love this film, in spite of the all its technical failings. I have no beef with those people.
My problem is with the 'technology representation' crowd. They are is two camps; those who Love this because so bad hurr durr and those who are still angry at the film. Both groups are annoying and wrong. Motorcycles do not flip over when you put a pipe between the wheel spokes, it does not make Raiders of the Lost Ark, a lesser film. How it depicts computers had very little to…
The year was 1995, long before people were walking around with computers in their pockets. Less than a year before Jeff Goldblum destroyed an alien race with his Apple laptop, a little movie named Hackers showed us just how cool and exciting computers could be. Sure it's a little dated and makes hacking look as simple as knowing your way around a keyboard, but this film is the perfect snapshot of the mid 90s; that glorious time when computers were both scary and awesome. This went over my head when I was a kid but it's a blast now. Thorougly entertaining from beginning to end, despite some instances of goofy cliches.
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.
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