Takedown (2000)

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This film is based on the story of the capture of computer hacker "Kevin Mitnick".



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Mitnick
Tsutomu Shimomura
Alex Lowe
Mitch Gibson (as Chris McDonald)
McCoy Rollins
Lance 'Icebreaker' Petersen
Dan Bradley
Committee Chairman
Jake Cronin
Tom Fiori


Kevin Mitnick is quite possibly the best hacker in the world. Hunting for more and more information, seeking more and more cybertrophies every day, he constantly looks for bigger challenges. When he breaks into the computer of a security expert and an ex-hacker, he finds one - and much more than that... Written by Jaromir Król

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Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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15 March 2000 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Hackers 2: Takedown  »

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Did You Know?


The real Tsutomu Shimomura has a small cameo in the movie as an anonymous hacker. In the scene when Wong (Shimomura) holds the conference to announce that his software has been stolen, Logue (Lowe) heckles him about it. Sitting to Logue's right (to the left if you are viewing it), is the real Tsutomu Shimomura. See more »


Alex Lowe states that 56 bit encryption allows for roughly 72 trillion combinations. He is off by 3 orders of magnitude. 56 bit encryption allows for roughly 72 quadrillion combinations. See more »


Kevin Mitnick: Why am I here and you are not?
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References Hackers (1995) See more »


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Written by Walter Salas-Humara, Scott Z. Burns, Richard S. Butler
Published by Lagartijo Music (BMI), Scott Z. Burns Music (BMI), Hookmeister Music (ASCAP)
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Much better than it was planned to be.
11 June 2000 | by See all my reviews

I believe many people started watching this movie expecting it to be very bad - and I hope many will be as pleasantly surprised as I was. It isn't bad. In fact, it's quite good. Yes, it oversimplifies a lot (though compared with "Hackers", it seems ultrarealistic...) and, as far as Kevin's real story goes, it makes up some things that never happened (for instance, Kevin and Shimomura did not meet in life) - but overall, it's definitely worth watching. Those who followed the way its script had been changing over the years, certainly remember how bad and unfair it was in the beginning - it portrayed Kevin as a criminal of no feelings, and was extremely one-sided, based only on Shimomura's and Markoff's book and relations, and shown from their point of view. Hiring a new writer and looking for sources in a book other than that by M&S helped, however, and the result is a pretty fair, objective movie that shows Kevin as a human, not as a monster. The only thing that should be severely criticized is throwing in the scene with Kevin attempting to distribute Shimomura's nonexistent S.A.T.A.N.-like utility, but other than that, the script treats things fair. See this movie... and while watching it, remember that although at this moment Kevin is already free, he is not allowed to access any kind of computer - which means that he cannot even use a cell phone or a cash register... Perhaps a new movie, "Kevin Free", might portrait his life nowadays.

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