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A fast paced cyber-drama

Author: comix8 from Columbus, Ohio
14 March 1999

The film is often misread as another cheesy teen drama that uses smoke and mirrors to get your attention and then lets you leave the theater disappointed. Once you get passed the surface of cheap dialogue and flashy gimmicks, you see that the movie has a deeper meaning. Whether it's the bond formed between the new kid and the established hackers or it's hearing the hacker manifesto, this movie has something that everyone will enjoy seeing. While it isn't the greatest movie ever made, it is one of those movies that you can feel good about watching every other week when there is nothing else on. Also, you may want to pay attention to Kate Libby (Angelina Jolie) since this is one of her first big movies and she is rocketing up the list of greatest new actresses. Her role in this film, while fantastic, is nothing compared to what you will see in her more recent work, such as Gia and Playing By Heart.

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Those who do, are those smart enough not to get caught!

Author: SickBuoy from Sydney, Australia
9 January 1999

We live in an information society. Information is craved by everyone. Some will go to extreme lengths to access it. Those who do, are those smart enough not to get caught. And so goes the story of "Hackers". In a society where everybody should suspect everybody, they are the only ones who stand up for the rights to free information. This movie is a flashy cybernetic insight into the computer sub-culture of the 90's. Excellently portrayed by fresh-faced actors such as Jonny-Lee Miller and Angelina Jolie, are the roles of two hackers at war. Crash Override, and Acid Burn. Youth is exuberant in these two fine actors, who will go on to do bigger(but not necessarily better) things. The computer consognoti or "hacker" of today is as or even more heroic as an athlete winning gold at the Olympics. How, you ask? Well, how hard is it to don a pair of swimming trunks and swim up and down a pool as fast as you can? How hard is it to crack into high-tech security of vast companies, who pay thousands to people to prevent it happening. Exactly. Plus it is much harder to think of an original handle. The youth of today are somewhat underestimated, as they are in this film. Initially triggered by "Tron" and later "War Games", "Hackers" shows us the realities of today and the technological world. A technological marvel, computers were considered back in the 80's. Now, they are powerful tools used in the everyday building of modern society. And hackers, are the only ones who use them to their full potential.

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Great movie about computer hacking.

Author: Aaron ( from Manchester, NH, USA
8 January 1999

This movie is about computer hackers. There is a big company and its security director created a virus. An inexperienced hacker hacks into the system but leaves a trace and is caught. The director blames him for the virus and he is closely watched. Now everyone he gives the disk to gets busted.Especially Dade Murphy who was an expert hacker at a young age but was also caught at a young age. So the police and FBI check him out first but there is no trace of the disk they need. Then the security director wants him to help and he refuses. Then he helps his friends and they get the bad guy.

This is my favorite movies of all times. It has a lot of suspense. I recommend this to anyone interested with computers and hacking. This one is just an all around good movie. It even has a bit of romance in there too. I think it is the best movie I've ever seen on computers.

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Coolest hack movie yet

Author: Alex Epstein ( from The Net
22 December 1998

The only movie apparently written by someone with a cyber-clue, Hackers is a sexy, thrilling movie about some very cool hacker kids who actually behave like hackers. Angelina Jolie is HOT. Jonny Lee Miller is, too.

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Entertaining, but not great.

Author: marvint from Neverland
23 November 1998

The film was entertaining and not badly done, but the script simply wasn't that great. The "Plague" character was flat, as was Agent Gill.

In general, the hackers' characters were much better, but I would like to have seen more of Dade's relationship with his mother, or more verbal jousting between him and Kate.

Technically, the film was kind of lame. But good enough for a cheap rental...

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Hit me !

Author: Joris S. Coppenhagen ( from Bussum, The Netherlands
14 November 1998

This is absolutely one of the best movies I've ever seen. The combination of camera work and the sound(tracks) are really totally magnificent. Johnny Lee Miller is doing almost better than he did in Trainspotting (Sick Boy). Iain Softley (director) is showing one of his best ideas ever.

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Crackers, Hackers, and other assorted Outcasts

Author: Richard J Murphy III ( from Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
16 October 1998

First of all, this movie's title blurs the line between "crackers", people who use computers illegally for their own gain, and "hackers", people who have great deals of technical knowledge in any area. In addition, much of the technical dialog is laughable to those in the computer industry.

That, however, is beside the point. This is the story of half a dozen young outcasts who use swiftness of thought and mental agility to trap a criminal while evading those who are misguidedly pursuing them. There are no fistfights and no explosions; battles are fought at the speed of thought in an entirely non-physical medium. If you use a computer (and are good at suspension of disbelief), this movie will provide you with several new heroes.

Just remember, kids, cracking is illegal. Find something to be good at, but find better ways of proving it than crime, and you too can be a hacker.

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Government vs. Hackers... the main theme.

Author: Harry Woolley from Vancouver, British Columbia
8 October 1998

This is the only movie I have seen that has showed that hackers are not the bad guys. It showed how hapless the Secret Service is with technology. The government throws hackers into the same prison cells as rapists, and murderers (in real life), and the movie did show how unjust the justice system can be in this respect. Curiosity should not be a crime. The film did not go into details of how to hack, (which would bore the average viewer) but did show some of the activities and paraphernalia that hackers use. The movie was very upbeat and has a good soundtrack. There is a bit of romance, but that was not the focus of the movie. The movie also shows how some big corporations can be unethical, and how the government often will take the side of the one with the most money often resulting in pay-offs of some sort. A must see for any computer junkie.

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Cool movie - that's all to say =)

Author: Christian Hansen from Grenaa, Denmark
27 September 1998

Here in Denmark it has become a cult movie among computer freaks - and it is a cool movie =)

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Romance set against an attempt by a corrupt corporate security officer to embezzle millions from an oil company.

Author: Jerriko from Seattle, WA
17 August 1998

The director of Hackers, Iain Softly, is better known for his other movies, BackBeat and The Wings of a Dove. These are both complicated and wonderful romances set against fascinating circumstances. When the average movie-goer sees Hackers, however, s/he don't see a romance,s/he sees a youth-oriented computer-adventure movie. What this person misses, however, is that the evil plot set in motion by The Plague, portrayed by Fisher Stevens, and the hacking sub-culture of urban New York are not the main focus, but merely a setting for the romance between Dade Murphy (Johnny Lee Miller), and Kate Libby (Angelina Jolie). This is a shame, because not only is this a wonderful movie when viewed in that light, it is one of the most compelling love stories ever documented on film. Titanic looks like Resevoir Dogs in comparison. Though some of the dialogue is downright corny, and the villains are notably one-dimensional, Hackers deserved better than it got. Plus, the soundtrack rocks, so there's that too.

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