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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.
There was this one time Hackers started playing on the TV while Tim and I were arguing. Both of us wanted to watch it so bad that we just dropped the argument entirely so we could watch it. I don’t even remember what the hell we were arguing about. Hackers can save a marriage.
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.
Iain Softley's "Hackers," a now-quaint story of teenage computer hackers, is a developed character and a more developed plot away from being enjoyable. The techno-drama is watchable and exudes a vibrant energy, but the film does not have the narrative foundation needed to make the entire affair click.
"Hackers" revolves around a team a youthful techno-hooligans that finds itself on the run from the authorities after uncovering some kind of token nefarious techno-plot. The narrative tries to succeed with the personalities and mischief of its characters, but those characters never offer enough personality about which to care. The machinations of the plot are routine and only rarely compelling.
With a solid cast, including Jonny Lee Miller and Angelina Jolie, Softley…
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.
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.
History written in cyber-lightnin.
Another film watched in preparation for the How Did This Get Made? podcast. This one is actually not as bad as their usual fare. Still bad though.
First thing's first: the soundtrack to this film is a legitimately great time capsule of 90s electronica music. Turn off the dialogue and Hackers plays very nicely. The film as a whole is also an obvious 90s time capslue, but unlike the music mostly in a not-so-great sense. It's one of those movies that has to keep reminding you of what a "computer virus" is, and the operating systems shown on screen present lines of code in multi-colored swirling text. You know, that kind of thing. Some interesting flourishes from the director Softley,…
Surely one of the most accurate depictions of hacking ever committed to celluloid. Amazingly it hasn't dated at all.
Crash and burn. That was the perfect description for this movie.
The plot was asinine.
The characters were not fully developed.
The dialogue was terrible: flat, boring, uninteresting. There was one point early in the movie where Fisher Stevens and his partner are having a conversation and I completely zoned out.
The acting of the older female actors was terrible.
There were some strangely out-of-place sexual scenes: the teenage boy shower scenes, the Serial Killer under the desk scene, the Acid Burn in the pool scene.
The word penetration was mentioned about 500 times.
Why do none of the teens have a father?
Why do these hackers type so slowly?
Crash Override/Dade (seriously?) just moved from Seattle. He has Nirvana…
Ahhh the 90s
hack the planet
Wow. That, ummm, that was somethin' else. I kind of want to buy rollerblades now.
Remember, hacking is more than just a crime. It's a survival trait.
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