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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.
Could this be anymore dated? About as dated as appropriating Chandler Bing for a review. I wonder if this ever looked convincing.
Angelina Jolie may have been the poster girl for '90s female badassery, but this film is way more misogynist than I had expected - Jolie hardly gets to do anything fun, and that close-up shot of a girl's hips and breasts as she's dancing (not showing her face) while one of the hacker rattles off her home address to brag about his photographic memory? Uhh, shit does not fly 20 years later, and I doubt it did in 1995.
Still, Matthew Lillard is a legend, how did he make every film he was in during the '90s infinitely better? Glad he's carving out such a great career for himself.
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
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…
It's the 90's.
A reluctant hacker prodigy crosses paths with a genius megalomaniac, and must use his high school computer buddies to save the world from a major ecological disaster. Awesome, eye-popping techno-adventure is like a comic book come to life, with Softley’s quicksilver pacing, Andrzej Sekula’s gorgeous cinematography, and Simon Boswell’s pulse-pounding score all melding into one big, beautiful cyberscape. The romance between Miller and tough hacker-chick Jolie is surprisingly engaging as well, in spite of the dopey dialogue and over-the-top costuming. Sadly underrated at the time of it’s release, it’s become something of a cult hit. If some aspects seem dated, consider that Softley was the first filmmaker to make the inside of a computer seem like something more than a microchip graveyard.
There deserves to be a sub-genre called 90’s internet paranoia, a time when the internet was still relatively an unknown and Hollywood fantasised about the exciting and sometimes scary possibilities of internet. Hackers is one of those.
Hackers are portrayed as edgy rollerblading geniuses, not the lonely crusaders of justice as we know of them today. It's a fun, cheesy, if not inaccurate take on internet. But strangely some parts of it ring more true today then it did when it was made.
We're kind of seeing a resurgence in techno fear movies, except now we're scared of AI's.
Não passa na regra dos 15 anos, mas eu gosto!
This is the greatest 90's bad movie piece of garbage of all time. The villain rides a skateboard and Penn Jillette monitors a super computer - what more do you need?
HAKC THE PLANET!!!! HACK THE PLANET!!!!!!!!!!
I would like to see a modern remake of this film. It has promise but didn't seem to do it's homework idk what else I'd expect from a 90's movie. there's cheap tricks and special effects in places where they could have had interesting dialogue or something with more substance going on. I'm not bummed I watched this but I was expecting way better.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
The ending did not come together well, and a lot of the character development was close to non-existent, but I'm a sucker for the visuals, the clothing, and the music.
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