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When it comes to Hackers, you have to take it for what it is. Which is
a completely ridiculous, over-the-top, happy-go-lucky
Hackers presents every tech nerd's dream. Every geeky kid wants to be as good looking as Johnny Lee Miller, have Angelina Jolie fall for him, beat some skeezy bad guy at his own game, and live in a psychedelically manic underground world where you rollerblade everywhere with your best friends, secure in the knowledge that you're "elite".
For anyone who knows anything about computers, the "hacking" and technology parts of this movie are the best (funniest, most ludicrous) parts. But what the hell, it makes sense in context with the film's absolute lack of sense.
So don't watch the movie expecting any sort of reality other than the surreality contained within the film. Just watch it for the pretty people pretending they know something about hacking, and enjoy.
Okay, so the plot of this movie seems a bit outlandish in 2003, but in 1995
this is where hacking was going! Of course, hacking has been misunderstood
from day one, and aside from social-outcast stereotypes and the horrible
hacking emulations, at least "Hackers" got the ball rolling for the defense
of good-natured hackers, as opposed to 'crackers' (the ones who actually try
to do damage).
The movie was meant to be taken only somewhat seriously eight years ago, and those who had no idea about computers (and some who still don't) were overwhelmed by what computers could supposedly do. Of course, we all know now how irrelevant the plot of this movie is to legitimate hacking, but it's still a great laugh for those of us that use computers too much.
Hackers is too lightweight to be a good thriller, but it works well if you see it as the hackers do - a series of games. The bet between Crash vs. Burn (ultra-hot Angelina Jolie) isn't very different from the competition between Plague and the younger hackers, except for the stakes. If you ignore the flashy and mostly meaningless computer graphics, you may notice some good in-jokes and a remarkable chemistry between many of the characters Crash and Plague, Lord Nikon and Cereal Killer, and especially Crash and Burn. Apart from Lorraine Bracco, who seems completely lost, everyone seems to be having an enormous amount of fun: grab a can of Jolt, forget everything you know about programming, and join in the game.
6 out of 10
Hackers is an entertaining movie. It was one of the first "computer
Well, not all hackers are "cyber punks" and not all script kiddies are
actually hackers, maybe crackers.
If you know a little something about networks, computers, protocolls and Unix, then it upsets you that in such movies all the hacking is displayed with 3D graphics, big red "ACCESS DENIED" signs flashing up on the screen... That's all bogus. Why not just show it as it is: A plain telnet unix shell.
Oh well, for all the casual movie goers it has to be made understandable...
After all, an entertaining little film
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No movie will ever get hacking right. Obviously, nobody wants to see
kid sitting at a UNIX terminal for hours on end. However Operation
(another movie about hacking) definitely does it allot better. The
flashy onscreen text, excessively outlandish (often stupid) characters,
the overt use of computer jargon (probably used to gain some shard of
credibility), especially the word Elite, bothered me, but not as much as
fact that Angelina Jolie manages to not be (extremely) hot in this movie.
That is simply a crime against humanity.
Jokes aside, the movie was decent. I was able to sit through it and enjoy it, though I hardly consider it a movie worth buying. If you're a geek (like me) you can rent it (or download it, if you are truly 1337) (jk) for a if you want to see a movie [SPOILER] about how a hacker gets laid (after all, that is the most important part of the of the movie).
Well this isn't a realistic movie, but you don't want to see a realistic
hacking film. Why not? Because it isn't cool to watch someone type code on a
text editor, or type on a command line. And that's probably why "Hackers"
was done with in this visual, non-realistic, eye candy way. You don't see a
directory structure in a command line. They show it with a 3D look. Another
sequence that shows this is the one at the party where they all stare at the
laptop, and it's screen saver. It's eye candy to avoid the public from
running away from it.
If they did a realistic hacking movie, it would probably be very boring. This wasn't done to please those with enough computer knowledge to know that it isn't realistic, but to please a more general audience, with little computer knowledge.
With all this in mind, in order to enjoy "Hackers", one should not expect to see a great movie or a realistic approach to the world of computer security experts. Don't take it seriously. If you do, you'll probably rate it very low. If you don't maybe you will have some fun.
They did choose a good soundtrack.
I'll give it a 5.5 (5 in imdb's rating) out of 10.
When I first saw this movie, I was really upset by all the things these so-called "Hackers" do. Most of the movie is fake (Hacking from the top of the Empire State Building, using a Minicassette recorder to get free long-distance phone calls, and the "3d" effect of the Gibson supercomputer.) You can't hack from the top of the Empire State Building for three reasons. 1. No phone lines. 2. No wireless network. 3. You can't go to the top of the Empire State Building. You can't use a minicassette recorder to get long-distance phone calls. You could in the 80's by using a blue box, but since all phone systems are digital now it's impossible. And, third and most unbelievable of all; the "3d" effect of the Gibson supercomputer. First of all, if this was a company server it would most likely be running UNIX, Linux, Solaris or some other variant. The "3d" effect was bizarre, but I guess it wouldn't be very exciting to watch them hack from a Command Line. =) After I got over these and other inconsistencies, I just watched the film for fun and an escape. It's pretty cool. I give it 8/10.
These are the four most commonly used passwords. I love this line!
The film is about a bunch of computer whizzkids who try to save the world from the evel hacker who wants to play havoc with a couple of oil tankers.... Uhmmm - Well, let's just say that the story is NOT the reason why this is a memorable movie!
No, it's the atmosphere of this flick that really captures you! It's the hardcore soundtrack from The Prodigy, it's the energy with which the characters play there roles: they were clearly having a great time!
And it hasn't even dated too much! *(made in 1995)
Great fun: a pure thrill-ride!
A well deserved vote: 8
This movie is fun with its cheesy and stylized view on computers and
hacking, but fails in terms of character-development, storytelling, plot
Apparently you can hack everything. Not just government databases like in other movies, but everything, whatever needs to be hacked, can be hacked, it doesn't even need an internet-connection (in one scene, lead role Zero-Cool hacks the sprinkler-system in his school) and all the l33t hackerkids use 3D internetbrowsers. Things like this is what makes this movie so fun.
I can recommend Hackers to those who have some basic knowledge of computers, because they are the only ones who can enjoy it.
If you're a hard-line computer geek, you're probably not going to like hackers. You'll say it's unrealisitic, cheesy and doesn't give the hacker culture the respect it deserves. Or something like that. Now, if you're not one of those that needs absolute realism, love cyberpunk/computer movies and can enjoy a light-hearted approach to things, then Hackers is a must see. It's also one of Angelina Jolie's first movies, so if you're a fan of hers be sure to check it out. The soundtrack is also a great aspect of the film. Watch it, love it.
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