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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.
WarGames is a remarkably cheesy, but ridiculously entertaining, '80s movie, which shows the lives of teenagers David (Matthew Broderick) and Jennifer (Ally Sheedy) as they become embroiled in the military's response to an impending World War 3 scenario.
The military has removed manned operation of nuclear missile launches, due to a decent percentage of men not going through with the missile launch. They replace the human personnel with a machine that controls all nuclear missiles owned by the US. Furthermore, the machine is able to run every complex nuclear-war scenario and react to Soviet missile launches accordingly, in order to maximize the chances of winning the war(game).
The film's main strengths are its story (which is so delightfully cheesy and…
The acting isn't so good. With the world being threatened with nuclear destruction, no one seems to be reacting appropriately. However, this is a great movie for nostalgia for 80's computers. I especially like the computer's voice. It reminds me of the old speech synthesis program that I used to have on my Amiga.
Concentrating more on technical aspects, I know I'm not the best judge of performances but christ, what the hell was Broderick doing here? "Not much" seems to be the answer. And the rest of the caricature cast aren't much to shout about either.
The performances are one of the chief failures, amongst many others, in this bland, tepid and dated Dr. Strangelove rehash - to the point where Dr. Strangelove feels like the more modern film. I don't understand the continued fondness for WarGames. It isn't "prescient"; it is utterly conventional.
"Let's play Global Thermonuclear War."
Teenage computer nerd David (Matthew Broderick) hacks into a government system and passing up the opportunity for a nice game of chess, starts playing a game of war. Except that the computer he's playing hasn't been programmed to differentiate between a game and reality and unless something can be done to stop it, World War III appears to be on the cards.
Made back when relations between the US and the Soviet Union (as it was then) were slightly more frosty, this teen thriller actually stands up rather well. Directed by John Badham (Stakeout, Bird on a Wire), the story may be fantastical but the characters are believable enough for this to work as an…
Pleasantly surprised by this. It’s ultimately more of an anti-nuclear war film than a computer hacking film, which is great. Broderick and Sheedy have a nice little friendship here too, and their characters are refreshingly not overwritten; a good example just letting the actors’ natural magnetism get the job done.
Part of Ready Player One
- Thank you Ready Player one for introducing me to this movie. It's the perfect mix of high concept sci-fi and 80's teen drama. Two genres that i totally adore. I really can't wait to see it recreated in a totally meta way in the Ready Player One movie.
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…
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
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