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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…
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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.
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.
Another quickie before my next actual review.
This movie has vanilla as hell characters, but everything else it does so well, especially the build-up of possible nuclear war. My palms were sweating profusely.
Freaking watch WarGames because while Matthew Broderick may not be the best actor, the freaking build-up - I know I'm reusing words - is so great and the climax was so 'holy-f**king-s**t' that it's worth it for that alone.
brill story. brill broderick
“WarGames” is a classic movie made in the early-1980s. It has a very clever plot, as the film deals with a young Seattle man/computer prodigy, played by the young Matthew Broderick, who accidentally hacks into the computer’s defense system and almost starts World War III. He must find a way to prevent the nuclear armageddon, with the help of his friend-turned-love interest, played the young and gorgeous Ally Sheedy, and the hermit-like computer scientist, played by John Wood. Dabney Coleman is great as the head computer engineer and Barry Corbin is terrific as the cantankerous general. Martin Brest was the original director, but, after filming for 12 days, he got fired, because of frequent arguments with the producers. At that…
lol this was kind of dumb but that's cause it's really dated if i watched this in 1983 i'd probably enjoy it
There's just something about 80s films. It's the laborious pacing. The high concept ideas. The style. The creeping approach of technology.
This is the epitome of that decade of filmmaking. Matthew Broderick is an early computer hacker who normally just finds his way past his school's defences and change his grades. He then mistakenly hacks into the government and almost launches nuclear weapons.
This is definitely a movie that is fearful of nuclear armageddon. A quite real fear that is still of importance today.
It's a good film that is funny, thrilling, with just a touch of romance. I'd call that a heck of a good time.
I haven't seen this in probably 20 years and it's still enthralling. Regardless of its overall timeless appeal, the best line is oddly when Dabney Coleman turns sternly to the General as says, "I don't have to take that, you pig-eyed sack a shit." Rolling on the floor. No one but Dabney could effectively deliver that line. The unexpected hilarity completely destroys the tension of that scene, and suddenly you're watching "Modern Problems" or "Nine to Five" instead of a scifi-apocalyptic thriller. I had to pause the movie to recompose myself and re-enter the war room finale. Bad move, Badham, but thanks.
Oh lord, 21 year old motorbike riding Ally Sheedy, be still by beating heart. I'm a bit ashamed it's taken me so long to finally see this, being a lover of 80s films. First thing I noticed: god damn is Michael Madsen young as hell in his bit part in the intro. One of the first techno thrillers that comes to mind in a string of them from the 80s, it's great fun watching Broderick's old school phreaking and hacking techniques. Didn't quite play out as I had imagined and the ending was slightly hokey, but the sentiment was right.
Matthew Broderick is computer cool, Ally Sheedy is as cute as a goddamn button, and Joshua is the most sinister motherfucking machine since HAL in 2001.
I didn't not like it, but it didn't do much for me either. Great message in the final scene, but it takes a long time to get there.
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
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