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In the same way that Neal Stephenson's _Snow Crash_ isn't *just* about
computers (and/or "h4xors"), _Hackers_ isn't just a movie about the
government's fear and misunderstanding of computer-literate youth trying
fight a Big Evil Corporation. As has been said, Hackers is a rather cute
romantic movie, but it also incorporates other elements that make it so
more than a mere romance, or "stick it to the Man" story. (Although the
_Sleepless in Seattle_-esque lights on the building was a nice
The film focuses on Dade's point of view -- including a creative take on his thoughts or emotions, in the form of clips from other movies (come on -- the scene where the woman is being strangled after the pool on the roof?). Dade's new friends -- possibly the most extreme "individuals" in that high school -- all have great quirks and personalities of their own. Many a good quote comes from Cereal, or Nikon. Admittedly, the bad guys are essentially universally under-developped, but since the story isn't about them, it's not a big problem.
The soundtrack is amazing, as are a good deal of the shots in the movie (from a purely aesthetic point of view). The buildings chosen all have great lines, and the aerial shots are interesting, if not breathtaking. As to the hacking, the "coloured equations floating through space" thing made what is, visually, a rather boring topic interesting in a way that didn't pretend to be realistic (a la _The Net_). There just isn't a way to make people typing frantically interesting. It can't be done. So they didn't.
I think that sums up what I love about this movie. It isn't just the plot, or the characters, or the amazing cinematographic details. It's the way all of them are collaged together to make a bright, dizzying film that lets you focus on anything, because little touches have been tucked in everywhere.
This has to be one of the stupidest movies I've ever had the displeasure
watching. Has anyone connected with this movie ever even seen a computer?
The entire movie gave me the impression that it was written by people who
had never even heard of computers before and wrote the script based on
other people described to them. They seem to think that showing some
computer graphics and throwing in some techno-babble can cover up the fact
that not one single part of this movie was in any way connected to
I've read the other comments here that say it shouldn't be taken too seriously since it was just a movie. Ok, then why did the characters even have to type? Why didn't all their computers have perfect voice-recognition? Or maybe even a direct neural interface, so they could just THINK what they wanted the computers to do. And why didn't they have free-floating, 3D holographic displays? After all, it was just a movie, right?
This movie was (supposedly) based in the real world. Maybe if it had been set on another planet, or in an alternate universe, I could have accepted it, but not when it's supposed to be set in this one. Would anyone accept an otherwise normal movie where everyone could lift cars with one hand? Or a drama where everyone in the world could fly? Of course not, but they'll happily accept silly garbage like this film.
This movie is one of my favorite movies. Shows the good power of teenagers. Angelina Jolie looked so wonderful in her breakout(?) role in this movie. Story may appear stranded at times, but overall does its job. Worth your money to have.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
*MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS* Hackers is a pretty good movie when you really examine it. The explanation of the underground New York hacker scene is a bit overdone and exaggerated but still interesting in its own right. For any hacker viewing this film, you may see the characters more as sharp computer gamers rather than serious hackers (I should know, at first I thought the same thing.) But the comic book-like cyber touches help to expand the overall personalities and opinions of the characters (when Dade's memory flashes TV screens and messages, for example.) Some of the lines are a bit cheesy, the plot predictable, and even though it may not have the cultural authenticity that some viewers may desire, Hackers is overall an entertaining film.
This movie sign the change on the way to think about the 'computer freaks'. Up to this moment, there was the "Revenge_of_the_Nerds_type". The final step of this evolution is Matrix. Between them it was: Hackers. Great film, good actors (Angelina Jolie is soooo sexy in this movie!). A XX_century_must_to_see.
nice try on how the writers try to incooperate the hacking society into a movie, but the climax is dumb. it became a lame comedy or cheap sci-fi from there. I guess the writers dont really know how the real world works
Not a great film, and certainly far from accurate. But nonetheless a very enjoyable, humorous look at the "hacker".
First off, to all those "hackers" out there who saw this and were unhappy
about the realism of this movie; get a life. If you look at a computer ad
from 1995 now, you would complain that it was stupid since "the Pentium
is not the fastest processor you'll ever need." I mean really; does this
movie portray hackers better than MTV did? Definately. Does it do better
then the media? Yep. Does it make the hackers themselves into
stereotypical geeks from "Revenge of the Nerds?" No. What do you really
expect from Hollywood?
This movie was entertaining and gave the general idea of what hacking is about. That is the freedom of information. I'm not saying that it could not have been better or it is even close to my favorite movie. All I'm trying to say is that it's the best that's going to be around for anytime soon. Back to you "hackers," though, how would you make it better? By showing hacking in its true form, just sitting in front of a monitor typing in commands and the like? Try making a movie out of that! Please realize that the general public has to be able to understand the movie, and if that means that all they can say about RISC processors is that "RISC is good..." then so be it.
I'm sorry to be on such an offensive here, it's just that there are too many stupid people who go see certain movies expecting them to be something that they aren't and were never supposed to be and then writing scathing reviews that are pointless and stupid. Anyway, to get to the point, I'd give this movie about a 8/10. If you ever wanted to know a bit about the philosophy of hackers themselves, this will give you a general idea, although (if you haven't understood a word I've said already) it does NOT make you an expert or even begin to explain the technical aspects of this hobby.
Thank you for taking the time to read this. If you have a good argument or something like that, don't hesitate to email me. -Patrick Drake
The stuff going on in the background of this movie is more exciting than the foreground in most movies. Brilliant dialogue and accent masking. An excellent example of a hip movie that I like. Rating: one of my favorites. *****
This film had a lot of potential, but unfortunately wasted it on trying to
be "trendy" and becoming overly commercial.
A film about hackers was always going to be a bit corny, as with all films about underground cultures, but the casting of teenage mac users as digital demi-gods was far too stupid to think about.
Watching this movie, i got the feeling that the film's researchers had spent a day or two visiting hacking sites on the net and had thought "hey, this looks cool" to certain techniques.
This film could have been so much more convincing had the filmmakers put a lot more research into finding out which parts of the script were impossible, improbable or downright dumb.
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