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An excellent retro-tech classic

  • Jul 28, 2010
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+4
I love all the characters in this movie. The story, music, wardrobe and the characters are all entertaining.

I enjoy this movie so much that I have watched it many times. It never seizes to amazing me that after all these years I can still watch it and find new things in the frame that I have not seen before.

OK so it’s not a cult classic or a trilogy, but damn it should be.

It’s simple for me. People that have an imagination, a love for technology, a respect for peoples art and expression will enjoy this movie again and again.

Thank you: Iain Softley, Dianne Crittenden, Simon Boswell, Roger Burton, and everyone else that played their part in the making and acting of this masterpiece. Thank you!

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review by . June 18, 2003
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While this movie is in no way an accurate portrayal of "hacking," especially during the time period it was made (1995), it is still a great movie. The director obviously decided that flashy graphical user interfaces would be a lot more exciting for movie audiences, than the standard Unix prompt environment. While the types of GUIs shown in the movie would not have been used at that time, nor for those purposes, nor *could* they have been used (a 28.8 baud modem is drooled over in this film, and …
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As a depiction of the computer-hacker underground, this movie is bogus to the bone. As a thriller, it's cartoonish and conventional. The premise (computer-happy kids hack into the wrong system, and the Forces of Repression come after them) is recycled from John Badham's 1983WarGames. And the corporate-creep bad guy, played by Fisher Stevens, steeples his fingers and growls mossy villainous clichés. ("By the time they realize the truth, we'll be long gone with all the money.") For all its postmodern trappings the movie is working with sub-prehistoric storytelling tools. But it does succeed on one level, as a movie about adolescent bonding and alienation. The director, Iain Softley, helmed the Beatles-in-Hamburg biopicBackbeat, and he seems to have an instinct for the emotions that pull kids together around common interests and the insecurities that drive them apart. The familiar crises of loyalty and betrayal have an ache of real loneliness. It doesn't hurt that the two stars, Jonny Lee Miller (Sick Boy Williamson inTrainspotting) and Angelina Jolie (Gia), are just about equally gorgeous and charismatic; their longing glances steam up the screen.--David Chute
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