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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.
Film #9 of the March Madness 80s Sci-Fi Movie Challenge!
The film is 30+ years old! So it is no surprise with the leaps and bounds weve made in technology the film feels somewhat dated but the message manages to resonate with audiences today as much as it did when the film first made its way to the big screen!
It definitely has the 80s aesthetics and campy charm that we have all come to know and love! The film featured a very young Matthew Broderick (David Lightman) whom showed early signs of a promising career in film!
Feeling nostalgic for the 80s then check this out it's a much welcomed blast from the past!
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…
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.
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.
I watched this, because 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' reminded me to. I was pleasantly surprised. A very thought provoking film even though it's about the virtual (or not-so-virtual?) 'game of war'. In the end it all comes down to the point that whenever it does come to a global thermonuclear war, there is no other end scenario except for mutually assured destruction, and this film proves that no one really has any need for that. Good that it just takes a film for us to realize this, and not the real deal. A recommended watch, and it does manage to still make a point even after 30 years.
I'm pretty sure this what my parents think my job is when I told them I work as a programmer but in reality its more like Office Space.
Went in expecting silly fun, got that plus a surprisingly smart take on the Cold War. It's family-friendly Strangelove, pretty funny too.
One of the most technologically dated films in recent memory...
But it still rings frighteningly relevant in 2015.
it's a great "what if?" written, shot, and produced that despite its expected hitches, much more that everything looks like child's play nowadays, there is freshness with the raw means. though a few reservations on the main character's build-up of who he is; they could've planted more to add more thrill as this was the intent of the filmmaker(s).
In the olden days every input needed to be read out loud while typing, it seems.
Teenagers Matthew Broderick and Ally Sheedy try to save the world from the WOPR (War Operation Plan Response), a computer meant to replace humans in the launch, not lunch, room at NORAD. It seems the computer, designed by a professor (John Wood) who apparently was too smart to understand what it would be used for, thinks global thermonuclear war is a game it must try to win. Unfortunately, winning the game might mean losing most of the population of the world. The plucky teens bluff their way into NORAD where Dabney Coleman and Barry Corbin are having a sarcasm-off and they attempt to convince the grown-ups they know what they're doing. Nuclear annihilation might ensue. WARGAMES is believably unbelievable, fast-paced, and fun to watch. Young Broderick and Sheedy are pretty and charming and you can't help rooting for them. Recommended! Oh and watch it if you're under 30 and want to see what high tech looked like in the 1980s.
I seem to recall feeling unconvinced by the capacity for artificial intelligence to reach convenient conclusions so easily...
Oh my God, I can't get over the fact that movies used to be able to be preposterous without being completely idiotic.
WarGames is one of those movies. It has aged considerably well. It's a thought-provoking affair that never discounts its sense of fun and adventure. A winning mix.
Also, young Matthew Broderick is young.
It was a lot of fun to revisit this film, which blew my mind when I first saw it in the theater as a twelve year old! Highly implausible to say the least, but paced well, with winning performances by Broderick and Sheedy.
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
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