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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.
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.
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…
Still a fun thriller. By the way, Matthew Broderick tries to impress Ally Sheedy by nuking the United States...could you imagine if this came out today?
I had not seen this film since the 1980s. I was stunned at how well it holds up as a thriller. Sure, the technology is dated to the point of being a little laughable. Get past that and this thing WORKS.
This is an oft-cited film from my childhood that I had never seen until today. As you'd logically conclude from any film based around computers, this movie hasn't aged well. For example, check out the size of Matthew Broderick's floppy. (That's what she said.)
Ally Sheedy, who I only recall as the basket case from "The Breakfast Club," is totally cute in this film as Broderick's love interest.
I'll admit the plot had me going. Obviously, I knew they'd avert global thermonuclear war, but I wasn't sure exactly how. A fun watch.
My all-time favorite performances from Matthew Broderick and Ally Sheedy. They were able to convey so much emotion just through simple motions, gestures, and expressions. Very intense, yet classically 1980s. Entirely believable, especially considering current events at the time. The soundtrack is great, and the chemistry between them onscreen was very strong.
Matthew Broderick trying to impress Ally Sheedy by nuking the United States and how is this not #Gamergate
Expect an Alcohollywood episode on this soon.
All in all, a slightly clumsy but charming mix of Cold War paranoia and video game delinquency polemic. There's even elements of a cyberpunk ghost story in there, with the smart-but-naive supercomputer named after the dead son of its creator.
WarGames is a very intelligent film despite having an imperfect storyline. Visually it's excellent since it's highlighted by a marvelous cinematography. It was very entertaining, thrilling, and exciting. It has a very Hitchcockian element that moved forward the story, that of an ordinary character embroiled in life-threatening situations, and that made its premise really engaging from the start. It had a very good cast, with Matthew Broderick and Ally Sheedy in particular pulling off really convincing performances. It was smartly written and John Badham's direction was spot-on. The music was fantastic as well. Released right in the middle of the Cold War and dealing with the possibility of a hypothetical nuclear confrontation, this film has a clear anti-war message but it doesn't feel cheap or unnecessary, but actually fitting for its time and somehow still relevant.
The eighties in a movie. I vaguely remember watching this when I was a child, and in all honesty I thought it wouldn't stand the pass of time at all. However, although typical, this is still a compelling film, and the nostalgia only adds up to it. The end is actually thrilling and its characteristic naivety, shared with many films from the time, is kind of adorable.
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