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?


In the movie, Kevin Mitnick goes up against a FBI agent named Gibson (Special Agent Mitch Gibson), the computer system that the hackers in the movie Hackers, is referred to as the Gibson. 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 »


Tsutomu Shimomura: I mean, how lame are you?
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Referenced in Freedom Downtime (2001) See more »


Performed & Written by Jamie Hodge
Published by Jamie Hodge
Courtesy of Jamie Hodge
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3 May 2003 | by (Cardiff, Wales) – See all my reviews

First of all, let's clear up some common misconceptions.

This film isn't "Hackers 2". You will find no CGI or parachute pants here. This film is about the capture of the notorious computer criminal Kevin Mitnick who used his technical skills and ability to influence people to gain access to things he really shouldn't have been able to access.

The thing that bothers me most about this film is the computer virus that Shimo wrote. I doubt that he did, and this makes Mmitnick seem worse by stealing it. The AI doesn't exist to put that virus around now, and it didn't 3 years ago.

The film in itself is a work of genius. This is the only realistic hacker film i have ever seen. Maybe because it was based on a true story and to put spinning DNA molecules on the computer screen instead of C++ would be a load of bollocks.

The acting is great; the pace of the movie is quick, especially in the part when the FBI almost captures Mitnick for the second time. The portrayal of the FBI in this film isn't very good, when they apprehended Mitnick, they didn't go in with 20 SWAT teams!

Kudos to Ulrich for his part as Kevin Mitnick, but as for Wong, I'm very surprised, where's the glasses and the geekyness? I know where, it got lost in the writing process, to make hackers look geeky and security experts look 'ard and sexy. In actual fact, security experts are just crackers in business suits. Kevin Mitnick did no damage, but they chase after him like he mass murdered a few police departments. I suppose they can't be totally realistic, and then the film would be an hour and a half of typing, with 30 minutes of chases and arrest.

I'm just glad there were no parachute pants ^_^

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