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Brilliant renegade hacker Mike Cleary and his crack team have finally debugged Guardian, his software program designed to block government cyber snooping. It's going to make them all rich. ... See full summary »

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Agent Adams
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Bear
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Kendall
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Soames
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Gordon
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Press
Christopher Kennedy ...
Whitt
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Dunnel
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Rawlins
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Crowther
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Martina
Marlon Brand ...
Wesler
Sean Sullivan ...
Charlie
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Brilliant renegade hacker Mike Cleary and his crack team have finally debugged Guardian, his software program designed to block government cyber snooping. It's going to make them all rich. Now it's time to celebrate with a game of paintball, played in rugged wilderness far from the digital devices of their everyday lives. Not even an ominous encounter with a militia-style survivalist can dampen the weekend warriors' spirits. But someone is playing for keeps. Instead of getting hit with paintballs, soon they're getting splattered for real. As the body count climbs, Cleary discovers he's at the center of a worldwide web of deceit, aimed at gaining control of the program at any cost. Stalked with high-tech weapons, betrayed by trusted friends, only his programming savvy and a bizarre strategic alliance forged on the battlefield can keep him alive. If he fails and Guardian falls into the wrong hands, the game is over for everyone in the nation. Written by Echo Bridge Home Entertainment

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His Government is Hunting Him Down.

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Rated R for brutal bloody violence and strong language | See all certifications »
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22 August 1997 (USA)  »

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A refreshing take on the hacker genre
31 August 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The story itself is simple enough - a hacker too smart for his own good gets into the corporate life and is in over his head before he knows it.

That said, the story does a stunning job of portraying the morbid danger of an info-police state, and the viewer is drawn into the implications to such an extent they can almost see the movie characters as actually out there, fighting for them.

There are a some rather unexpected plot twists that do throw the viewer off, but, fortunately they lead solidly back to the story-line & do a remarkable job of creating enriching characters the viewer can cheer on. Great movie. If this had the budget of Enemy of the State, it would probably already be in your collection as an untouchable classic.


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