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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.
I've always thought this was a fun movie. That's the best way to describe it; fun. From the corny jokes to the outlandish characters, this movie is a blast (pun intended). Don't get me wrong, this isn't a masterpiece, but it's an experience. The score is pretty good and the performances are mostly enjoyable. The main reason I'm so fond of this is the climax. More specifically, the lighting the climax. The flashing screen shining on the characters' faces, showing their anxiety, really builds suspense. For that scene alone, check it out.
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The people who made it had half an idea. The film begins as a comedy about a teenage boy in Seattle who is caught up in the fascination of computers and video games; he has all this miracle- working technology and not a thought in the world about what to do with it. Matthew Broderick plays the role with great charm; the boy is like an American Antoine Doinel, and he's the life of the movie. But when this boy accidentally plugs into the Defense Department's war-games system and gets into what he thinks is just another video game--Global Thermonuclear War--the machines take over, especially a huge box of flashing light that sounds like an 18-wheel truck rumbling down the…
1 of these stars is just for young matthew broderick being the cutest
added an extra half star for young matt brod. what a babe
Film #48 of my pre 1990 challenge
I'd been meaning to revisit this for a while. It's themes continue to feel relevant.
Almost definitely my second favourite Matthew Broderick film. Ferris still wins, of course.
A great movie
Plot heavy and lacking in any sort of character development, but intriguing nonethless. The acting quality eases the datedness of the story and John Wood as Dr. Stephen Falken has just the right level of gravitas to give the film a big boost in the third act.
I was surprised to find that not only was this not a "teen" movie (despite featuring high school-age Matthew Broderick), but that Broderick is the lead in billing only. The characters are solely there to move things along, as WarGames relies on the story to carry the film. This keeps it from reaching a higher level of greatness, but it's worthwhile all the same.
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pretty solid 80s film with a good premise tbh.
matthew broderick and ally sheedy are cuties.
tbh it lost me towards the end but i enjoyed the beginning!
computers are weird lol
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
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