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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,…
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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.
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…
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.
saw it in the cinema as a kid, watched it over the years, but not watched it in quite a few years. recently reading 'ready player one' & seeing broderick in 'manchester by the sea' reminded me to rewatch it today.
it's still BRILLIANT! the original 'mr. robot' that will have influenced generations of coders/hackers.
it still looks excellent, the retro tech is still cool looking. graphics are great, wicked soundtrack (that reminds me of 'the greasy strangler') & the cast are great fun.
it's great fiction, but check out the awesome doc 'the man who saved the world' to see how we all still exist because of the actions/inactions of a russian nuke commander who refused to do what the computer/machine said to do, blow us all up (the same year that wargames came out).
A high school student looking to hack into a game company breaks into NORAD and almost starts World War 3.
After watching The Manhattan Project, I just had to revisit this flick. This is a movie that I've probably watched a few hundred times growing up. And while I haven't watched it in a decade or so, I caught myself reciting dialogue along with the movie. Kind of scary that I can't remember my own phone number, yet I can remember dialogue of a movie I watched before going through puberty.
While I still love the movie, it didn't hold up like I expected it to. It did for the most part, but I went into this flick remembering it…
the original wargames not the pussy shit like call of duty and battlefield
But the question remains: how can someone get a D in home ec?
80's Fare has held up well
This is a film I haven't watched in several years. While the computer equipment really shows the age of this film... it didn't take too much away from the storyline. I never really noticed it when I watched this film when I was younger... but David really knew how to do things that a high school student shouldn't know how to do. So with this one you really have to suspend disbelief... but I still really liked the story line. I also had a little problem with Dabney Coleman... as I never been a fan of his. There is just something about him that rubs me the wrong way. On the other hand I always liked Ally Sheedy so it was fun seeing her in one of her earlier roles again. Anyway I really liked this one... possibly more then I should. Definitely worth the time put in to watch it.
A pretty good amblin-ish movie, but maybe to teen-oriented, making it kinda confused because the teen romance feels very conventional. Definitely should've done more with the war room.
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A strange game. The only winning move is not to play. Nach mehr als 30 Jahren ist John Badhams WarGames immer noch so unterhaltend und packend wie Mitte der 80er Jahre, der emotional fesselndste Film, den ich in den letzten Wochen geschaut habe. Es gibt ja viele grimmige Filme über den kalten Krieg und den Atomkrieg. Badham geht in WarGames einen ganz anderen Weg: Er erzählt die Geschichte aus der Sicht zweier Schüler (Matthew Broderick, Ally Sheedy) mit der Leichtigkeit und dem Charme einer jugendlichen Abenteuererzählung, ohne dabei die Ernsthaftigkeit des Themas und den Schrecken des atomaren Todes zu schmälern. Ganz im Gegenteil bringt er sie dadurch auf eine höhere emotionale Ebene und macht…
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