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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.
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…
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.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I swear the general in this heavily inspired the general from Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2. Anyway, I digress, let's actually talk about WarGames.
This film is a nerd's dream. The sets are fantastic, there's always something to look at, whether it be large, retro computers, HUGE floppy disks or Matthew Broderick's awful hair cut. It helps keep you glued to the screen. The story does, obviously too.
Broderick plays a kid who's name I don't remember, he's just Matthew Broderick to me, and a bloody young one at that, who hacks into the US's military systems, triggering their computers to believe that a nuclear war is about to occur.
Awesome technology, world war III, arcade, this all the things…
It has it's moments and it was certainly fun watching the early days of IT and giggling at how silly it all seemed. An actual physical phone used to dial up the internet, nonsense!
Mathew Broderick displays early signs of the charm that made Ferris Bueller's Day Off so enjoyable but at such a young age is unable to keep the film from becoming a little uninteresting as things progress.
Nice ideas and a little 80's nostalgia always goes a long way but ultimately not a very good film.
Had not seen this in years. Perfectly captures the war tension of the 80s. A neat snap shot of 80s America in general. Arcades, 7 11 stores and massive computers. Film works really great as an unoffcial Terminator prequel :) very likeable cast. Gorgeous Ally Sheedy and Ferris Buller did good too.
The opening scene had Argo like Tension!
This movie is surprisingly accurate in a few ways. Say what you want about the resolution, but leading up to that backdoors do exist in computer systems and they're often used to "hack" into secure sites. You can even just google with keywords like hacking and backdoor to find interesting stories of young kids breaking into government systems.
What's funny is that we're still struggling with AI though. A learning computer is hard to create.
It's a fairly good movie, and a pretty cool snapshot of the 80's. I don't understand why the girl was into him, but I guess Broderick's hair is impossible to say no to.
Way more of a b movie than I remember but not without a certain charm. Ferris is the least convincing genius kid in the world but that's mostly due to the ridiculous plot, which is definitely a product of its time.
I wouldn't say this classic of my teen years has aged very well but it is still a lot of fun. Goofy but fun. It played well off the nuclear terror of the early 80s without using too heavy a hand like Red Dawn and others of its ilk. It is ultimately a 'message' movie and while the delivery of the message is somewhat heavy handed it is still pretty riveting. I also kept expecting the monkey to show up until I realized this wasn't Project X.
Reagan years thriller
That makes deadly the question,
"Shall we play a game?"
I must have seen this at some point as a kid but I barely remembered it. Kinda fun! I liked the existential scientist arguing with the All-American teenagers about the folly of man.
Still holds up pretty well all these years after my first look.
I expected a movie that people only like due to nostalgia, but it really is well put together, even if the computers don't seem quite so impressive now. Also, even though it's a dumb family(ish) film and I know there will be a happy ending, I still though the countdown to potential nuclear war at the climax was very effective/tense.
Do you want to play a game?
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