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Hackers is a non-stop cheeze-fest. It's also one of my favourite films of
all time. Which is not to say it's a perfect ten, it isn't. But it's a
combination of good cheeze and pure fun. Suspend all disbelief, it's not
about realism. And try not to nitpick (we all know graphics would not have
been possible using Unix, we all know that those archaic modems couldn't
that fast, etc. etc. etc.)
That aside, this film is really funny. It also laughs at itself on a regular basis...I mean just look at dade's wardrobe, and then remind yourself that you know half a dozen people who dressed like that in 94. I know a people who mirror just about every character in this film, which makes it even more enjoyable.
The dialogue is often over the top, and some of the acting is overdone, but tis the nature of the beast. Jonny Lee Miller (who never ceases to amaze me) pulls off the American accent quite well (though he tends to slip on occasion) and Dade is certainly no Sickboy. But that's just an example of range (he did it again in Dracula 2000...and almost saved it). Matthew Lillard, though occasionally OVERLY annoying, is perfect as Cereal Killer; his best role ever, though Scream comes close. Renoly Santiago is a funny and loud Phantom Phreak, a role only second to his role in Con Air, and his lines are always great; and Laurence Mason as the ultra-cool Lord Nikon a very close tie with Tin-Tin in The Crow for coolness (and he's done some *cool* spots...Floyd D in True Romance (not to be confused with Brad Pitt's character 'Floyd';) and Roach in an awesome ep. of Law & Order...) his character is by far the coolest of the Elite. Lorraine Bracco in a *very* early role...and speaking of *early* - Early Edition's Fishe Stevens is amusing as the arrogant swine Eugene 'The Plague' Belford. And how can one not like a film with Penn Jillette in it???
But all that aside, Angelina Jolie stole the show (as she often does). Looking like a cyber-elf straight out of ShadowRun, she's sultry and sexy in a way most actresses these days can't manage. I can't think of any films I haven't liked her in...even if I didn't like the films themselves. She's simply awesome here, she even takes bad dialogue and turns it into fun, good lines. And *her* outfits are really nice, save for that horrid dress she was stuck in at the end. And she has a Massive Attack startup on her puter!! (with a 28.8 bps modem!! ;p~~~)
Overall: sure it's unrealistic. Sure half of it's impossible. Sure it's overacted and the dialogue needs work. But the cast are all under-rated, and most of them went on to better roles, some to much fame. And the soundtracks are absolutely AMAZING!! I own them and listen regularly... This should probably rate a four or five, but I can't help but ignore all critics and pronounce myself as one of the large cult following of adorers of this film. For fun value, let alone the fact that it's entertaining as hell: 8/10.
First off I would just like to say that anyone who reads into this movie too much(ie try to take the validity of each and every aspect of the movie) will hate the film. Coming from a programmer and a computer enthusiast, the movie was great despite all the false statements, fake guis and totally bs methods of cracking. Quite frankly if you are one of my fellow computer geeks don't expect anything close to the real deal, it would never make a good movie for the public. I think that the true movie here is behind the whole "hacking" front. It is the development of characters the build up of a plot and an exciting climax and satisfying denouement. In closing, don't expect a command line prompt or a true UNIX client on any of the systems because it just doesn't happen in movies. Instead watch the movie because its exciting, fun and a great throwback to the early 90's.
The problem with any movie that focuses on technology, particularly
computers, is that it will become dated nearly immediately. This isn't a
problem for filmmakers; great films of the past, from DESK SET to
THE FORBIN PROJECT, from DEMON SEED to TRON and THE LAST STARFIGHTER have
all featured 'cutting-edge' technology that seems quaint, by today's
standards. Even 'Hal', from the timeless classic 2001:A SPACE ODYSSEY, is
huge monstrosity that could be miniaturized to a fraction of it's size,
today. So when a film's whole theme involves computers, like THE NET, or
HACKERS, you can't take the technology end too seriously, even if much of
is bogus, as is the case of Iain Softley's paean to teen-aged computer
freaks. Hackers are, of course, not romantic, adventurous daredevils who
trying to right wrongs by attacking evil conglomerates via an expertise in
computer programming; they are generally over-educated anarchists who
worms and viruses for the simple joy of seeing the disruption and
destruction of EVERYONE'S computers, just to know that they can do
Having said this, let me say that the true joy of HACKERS is seeing a group of young 'Stars in the Making', early in their careers. Of course the most recognizable and famous of these is Angelina Jolie, who looks butch and adorable with short hair, and 'an attitude', but the film also offers a dazzling performance by Matthew Lillard (Shaggy in the live-action SCOOBY-DOO), who has become one of the finest young comic actors around; gifted British actor Jonny Lee Miller, playing an American, here, who would go on to TRAINSPOTTING, DRACULA 2000, and the title role in the TV production of BYRON; Jesse Bradford, star of last year's CLOCKSTOPPERS; Laurence Mason (BEHIND ENEMY LINES, A.I.); and Renoly Santiago (CON AIR). Quite an impressive resume for a cast of 'unknowns' in 1995!
Of course, the established actors of the film haven't done badly, either...While Fisher Stevens never became a 'major' star, after the build-up television and the SHORT CIRCUIT films gave him, he still remains active; and of course, Lorraine Bracco went on to THE SOPRANOS, as the Mafia's favorite 'shrink' (with the possible exception of Billy Crystal).
So, if you skip over the dated attempt to be 'cutting edge', and just sit back and enjoy the performances, HACKERS is a fun movie that can be appreciated as a 'Preview of Coming Attractions' from a remarkable cast...
I happen to like this movie because it is just fun to watch. If I'm bored, I
can easily become unbored by watching this movie. The soundtrack is awesome
and it introduced me to electronic music. I never liked it until I saw
"Hackers". I love the clothes and the visuals. I knew it wasn't accurate
from the minute I saw it, but then again, it's not like it was posing itself
as some movie that depicted the real life of cyberpunks. It's just fun
little movie. Though some of the dialogue is a bit cheesed up, it is
I especially enjoyed the performance by Matthew Lillard. It made me look forward to seeing him in "Scream" later on. He is so funny. I enjoyed Angelina Jolie, though this is hardly one of her best performances.
The only person who really didn't belong in this movie was Lorraine Bracco. She just looked strange in her role. Other than that, this movie was a good movie and it shouldn't be bashed because it depicts people, technology, and life inaccurately. What movie ever does? I'm from Iowa and do you think movies depict Iowan's lives exactly the way they are? No. But I'm not out to fertilize the lawn with "What's Eating Gilbert Grape?".
I'm working in IT for over 10 years now, and let's be clear: Hackers is
a movie, .. there's nothing real about the "hacking" going on in the
There's a few scenes that are horribly done (for today's standards) but all in all I loved the movie. The acting is OK, the soundtrack is great and it changes for the everlasting "chliché" of the IT Nerd.
It's a movie that could surprise you, especially with the amount of bad movies being released nowadays. It's funny to see Johnny Lee Miller and Angelina Jolie at the beginning of their careers as well.
If you're looking for light entertainment for one evening, ...
This flick came out during my freshman year of high school, pretty much
everyone who saw it that I knew had a blast watching it, and in fact saw
several times in the theater (one fellow saw it about 6 times i think).
While the computer screens depicted aren't realistic so to speak (I'll get
to that in a moment) it was exciting, and made computers exciting again,
also didn't hurt the fact that everyone I knew used Macs just like the
Hackers in the movie, so as you can imagine, it inspired many of us to see
if we had the potential to do similar things but ultimately gave up
in a few CD-ROM games was much more entertaining;;) ). Anyways, now I own
the film on DVD and I believe I've come to a revelation regarding the
computer screens shown in the film...what we see is not what is actually
happening on the screen, what they're showing us is what the hackers are
doing, as visualized in their mind, they picture the data on the screen in
way in their head where it comes together, and what we see is that picture
in their head, if maybe only an enhanced picture...anyways, thought I'd
Oh, and isn't it funny to see computer geeks drooling over a laptop with a 28.8 modem?::)
It doesn't take a very good movie critic to see that the movie doesn't really have a really interesting plot with interesting characters. A group of teenagers doing things they really shouldn't, getting into trouble and saving themselves again. And in the mean time a sub-plot which involves a girl and a guy that hate each other in the beginning and fall in love with each other throughout the movie. Nonetheless, i still rated this movie very high. Why? because in my opinion it's still a great cult classic. It gives a very good image about how people thought about computers a few years ago when not everybody had one yet. The handlenames are mysterious ("acid burn" "the plaque") but would be ridiculous in this age. People are overjoyed when they get to see a 28.8 BPS modem (who needs T3 anyway? ;) PLUS they pretend as if you can see a program running like it's some sort of great graphic animation. Angelina Jolie and Jonny lee Miller (from trainspotting) are really great in this movie although you can see they're still pretty young and unexperienced. 9/10
Ok, I've read lots of the reviews here. I'm a computer person by trade, and I'll agree that the effects, and even some of the terminology is WAY off. But that's not the point of this movie. It never claims to be a documentary, just a fun movie about good vs. bad, and good wining. It just happens to take place over the internet. I think that this movie has just gotten a bump rap, it's the perfect B movie for lazy Saturday nights...
Although not very accurate, it is an excellent film. On the other hand, I am a sucker for Angelina Jolie so that might be the reason why I loved it. I recommend catching this one when it is on or renting it. Well worth it.
I feel compelled to offer my take on this film.
I found it unwatchable - well, I watched about half of it and then turned it off.
All the other reviews give it way too much of a break, IMO.
The sheer number of inaccuracies, stereotypes, and clichés is overwhelming, and cumulatively destroyed my ability to suspend my disbelief.
The acting is OK, and the overall production is not bad.
Maybe it's b/c I'm a middle-aged geek and not a teenager anymore, so that the 'coolness' of the subject did not make up for the substandard screenplay.
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