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Is it a game, or is it real?
High School student David Lightman (Matthew Broderick) has a talent for hacking. But while trying to hack into a computer system to play unreleased video games, he unwittingly taps into the Defense Department's war computer and initiates a confrontation of global proportions! Together with his girlfriend (Ally Sheedy) and a wizardly computer genius (John Wood), David must race against time to outwit his opponent...and prevent a nuclear Armageddon.
John Badham’s “WarGames” is a techno-thriller that is both quaint and prescient. Centering around buzzing, ticking, and beeping 1980s technologies that may spell the end of humankind, the film revels in modems and two-color displays; but, more importantly, carries the classic and contemporary warning that that same technology can be humanity’s undoing. Combined with an energetic cast, a compelling narrative, and a mostly serious tone, the film’s message rewards its audience with a gripping, well-assembled drama.
Beginning in an underground military installation where human beings are charged with carrying out orders that could lead to the nuclear destruction of nations, “WarGames” quickly establishes its narrative query: should calculating machines perform the duties of emotionally driven humans? Revolving around that question,…
Today, WarGames is a nerd’s time capsule, possibly the biggest of them all, a celluloid equivalent of that box you have in your basement with obsolete technology kept out of misplaced sense of attachment, or maybe just because recycling electronics is hard and annoying.
Shall we even try to count it all? Eight-inch floppy disks, early VCRs, microfichés, paper library catalogs, dot matrix printers, galvanic modems, video game arcades with 8-bit shoot ’em ups, first hobbyist microcomputers, ASCII graphics (or was it ANSI?), analogue telephony, public phones, mainframe data centers with tape drives and blinkenlights.
Mr. Moore would be proud: it is astonishing to realize just 30 years later literally none of this exists any more. Without context – and…
Ferris Bueller: The Prequel - Fucking Up Global Relations
I wish I was a young Matthew Broderick, hanging out with a young Ally Sheedy, drinking Tab and hacking into NORAD.
Instead, I'm a post-20's Mikael Stånggren, hanging out with my right hand, drinking Cola Zero and looking at Dolan & Gooby memes.
In which Matthew Broderick nearly starts World War 3 via his shitty Freeserve dial-up.
In reality, if I'd known being a computer nerd would have the chance of attracting a girl like Ally Sheedy then I would have stayed in computer club at school rather than only going in there if it was raining and we couldn't play football at lunchtime.
WarGames is still tremendous fun and still stands out as something a bit different from the usual family friendly blockbuster fare. Broderick still has that slightly smarmy air about him that always made him less likeable than Michael J. Fox or John Cusack but he's still good here, and Sheedy is surprisingly convincing as someone excited about computers putting up some numbers on a screen.
The end message is a cloying one but you can't beat this, really.
A thrilling story about a young computer hacker who accidently stumbles upon a "game" where the stakes may just be a matter of life and death.
A classic 80's movie that should be seen and enjoyed by all!
It’s difficult to look back on a childhood favourite with fresh eyes, and not romanticise one’s memory of what it was like to watch first time round (and second… and third…). I watched the hell out of this in the years following its release, and while its politics, technology and production values have dated, the pace and youthful energy still hold up.
Broderick and Sheedy have great chemistry, largely because they don’t play quite to type: he’s more aloof and she more confident than was typical in other films of this era. Elsewhere the archetypes are more clear-cut (the suits, the parents, the Linux types), but there’s enough humour mixed with the serious and the ludicrous (nobody realises the supercomputer is playing a game simulation despite it saying so on its display?) that it all makes perfect sense.
Bonus points for recognising Michael Madsen and John Spencer as the two silo commanders in the pivotal opening scene.
talk about a fucking anti-climactic ending
A fun 80s cyber-thriller (the first of it's kind?) that may have lost some of it's modernity when watching in hindsight. I bet audiences were overwhelmed with all this tech on screen in 1983 and it felt like it was a rare peek into circuit-board culture. Now the bulky desktop computers and green-text on black screens just look pleasingly old-school and retro. The techno-babble is cool as well even if it never reaches Primer-levels of authenticity.
Broderick is perfectly cast. He looks like the kind of kid who would stay inside with computers but still be charming and dorky. This is pre-Ferris Bueller too, so the confidence of that role wasn't hardwired into his performance (I kinda feel like everything…
a techno thriller that provides a profound message during the peak of the Cold War. Inventive, fun, and completely original.
OH HELL YES THIS MOVIE IS MY 80s COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY WET DREAM AND ITS JUST THE BEST SHIT IN GENERAL
rly liked this !
WarGames is a movie that needed to combine multiple wildly different ideas into one cohesive film. One is an intense Cold War film, one is a sci fi about intelligent computers, and one is a wacky teen rom-com! Surprisingly enough, they blend together impressively well and create a very fun movie that will appeal to every kind of mindset watching it.
Mathew Broderick is kind of an iffy actor with me. I love him in something like Ferris Bueller and Election, but I hate him in movies like Godzilla and Inspector Gadget. Luckily, this is good old Mathew Broderick, and although he plays a different character than Ferris Bueller, he still feels like he's kind of the same person, but…
Unexpectedly smart and endearing first half half holds up way better than the real dumb, real generic second (outside of the iconic ending exchange).
I expected this movie to be ridiculous (and was not disappointed). I did not expect it to be this good.
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Watching Wargames more than thirty years later has been really a surprisingly and really enjoyable experience. It's still a top-notch thriller, a perfect reflection of very dark times, where the shadow of thermonuclear war was somehow familiar and everyday, and a wonderful depiction of the early era of home computers and games. David is an ahead-of-the-time computer nerd, gamer and hacker, but he is just a normal guy, with some above-the-average abilities, never just a stereotype... We have two scared teenagers, accepting their unbearable position of knowing that they are at the verge of the end of the world. And some other characters driven by uncertainty, pain, insecurities... And the…
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
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