[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
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.
That time Matthew Broderick actually looked like a high schooler when he was playing a high schooler.
1983 saw the film career of Matthew Broderick begin. Broderick's feature debut was a supporting role in Max Dugan Returns, though it was his next film, debuting a few months later, that would really propel his expressionless face to fame and fortune. That feature was WarGames, which would go on to achieve critical and box-office success and even a few Oscar nominations. The John Badham sci-fi thriller pushed Broderick into the spotlight in a lead role, that allowed the young actor to get roles in many more films, namely Ferris Beuller's Day Off, and for that, WarGames is simply unforgivable.
Following anxiety and skepticism regarding the reliability of human employment in "key-turning" missile-launches, a computerized stand-in is created so that…
Surprisingly not too dated in its themes, even if it's technologies and views of hacking definitely are. Sheedy and Broderick make for engaging leads.
There's exactly one great scene in WarGames that sets the stage for the rest of the film.
John Spencer (RIP) and Michael Madsen play the guys who man the stations where the ICBMs are launched from. One of them has a moments hestitation that prevents them from turning the key which will annihilate 10 million people.
Spencer is so fantastic in his four minutes on screen, capturing the character's tone and intensity when things go shit. Why wasn't he in more movies?
So when I watch this with my kid, which do I explain first; rotary dial phones or 300 baud modems?
This is a great movie. It's fun and exciting if you ignore all the facts and figures. Teen hacker accidentally starts WW3, the powers that be all but ensure it...
If you can compress the timeline/travel constraints, ignore NORAD security protocols and let your imagination enjoy the story, it's still impossible to allow for the top military commanders in the most secure facility, POTUS on the phone, world on the brink of destruction and when they are about to remove the teen hacker because he can't get access the system, they stop and listen to the teen's 17yo girlfriend... TWICE!
An outdated film, certainly, but I'll go easy since my mom loves it. Pretty sure it's just because of Matthew Broderick, though.
Wow does this movie hold up... Super cheesy as only 80's movies can... but it's fun and given that the DOD still uses floppy disks and stuff like that on their systems, this is totally plausible.
Matthew Broderick befriends excessively-chirpy fitness enthusiast Ally Sheedy before engaging in a seemingly harmless game of global thermonuclear war against a computer with the same name as a beefburger. Unfortunately, burger-bot doesn't know its a game: cue DefCon levels going up and down like a trampolining kangeroo. Great stuff. Very tense. Apart from the scene with the remote-control pterodactyl.
For a 80s movie this film holds up really well in 2016. Believable performances with a REALLY interesting story. Plus Ally Sheedy is totally bae in this film.
Complete list. :-(
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!