[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
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.
I expected this movie to be ridiculous (and was not disappointed). I did not expect it to be this good.
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Part of the "Movies and technology challenge"
Watching Wargames more than thirty years later has been really a surprisingly and really enjoyable experience. It's still a top-notch thriller, a perfect reflection of very dark times, where the shadow of thermonuclear war was somehow familiar and everyday, and a wonderful depiction of the early era of home computers and games. David is an ahead-of-the-time computer nerd, gamer and hacker, but he is just a normal guy, with some above-the-average abilities, never just a stereotype... We have two scared teenagers, accepting their unbearable position of knowing that they are at the verge of the end of the world. And some other characters driven by uncertainty, pain, insecurities... And the…
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As silly as all the details are this is surprisingly relevant and potent in its view on humanity and technology. The story is a sneaky möbius strip where it starts out with the ominous threat of removing human emotional firewalls and ending up with the computer coming to the inevitable logical conclusion that the humans are dumb to even be in the Cold War situation. It's really clever and different to frame pacifism as cold logic rather than some flower power humanism.
The internet security issues obviously keep getting increasingly relevant as internet use is ever spreading. The super AI of this computer is ridiculous but there's still a lot that makes this portrayal of hacking more compelling than a…
Most of the film was great. However, the last 27 minutes were shit. Too bad.
"WarGames" is an overall fun Sci-Fi thriller that incites its viewer through a fascinating storyline with visually appealing militarist technological warfare. Although the film may not hold up as well to today's standards, it still has some intriguing aspects to it that make it a 80s' classic.
I new almost nothing about "Wargames" before putting it in, but after reading Ernest Cline's Ready Player One I had to check it out. Honestly Cline should have an ultimate nerds movie watchlist printed at the end of his books because the ones I watched that were referenced in his books have all been great and this is no exception.
Wargames starts off like most teen comedies of the eighties, but quickly evolves into a pretty decent hacker movie and then a roadtrip/political thriller all rolled into one....all culminating into a satisfying conclusion.
....and if you are unfamiliar with Ernest Cline's work and you like this film, check out his novel Armada...it incudes a few references to this film, going as far as naming the protagonist "Lightman"
It may be a bit campy by today's technology standards but many elements are still ridiculously relevant. Also, Matthew Broderick and Ally Sheedy have a fantastic onscreen chemistry throughout.
How about a nice game of chess?
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For a kids' movie, I forgot how much heavy shit is in this. The opening sequence is so damn tense for a movie that basically ends in a Captain Kirk Makes The Computer Go Goofy scenario. And the professor who's just like, "Yeah, fuck it, kill the world, who cares?"
Also, the score is great. You heard me. It's a movie about computers, so bring on the beeps and boops.
For all the darkness, I think this is a fine film for kids. Maybe right when they get beyond their Disney cartoon phase. Like, Lion King. Then this.
(Random side note, I forgot Inspector Gadget was a reunion for Matthew Broderick and Dabney Coleman! And Short Circuit was a reunion for Ally Sheedy and childlike machines that can kill the world.)
Complete list. :-(
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!