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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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Kevin Mitnick
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Tsutomu Shimomura
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Julia
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Alex Lowe
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Mitch Gibson
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Brad
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McCoy Rollins
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Lance 'Icebreaker' Petersen
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Karen
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Dan Bradley
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Shelley
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Jake Cronin
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Tom Fiori
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Rachel
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Storyline

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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Trivia

Editors of 2600 magazine (a hacker publication) learned of this film early in its development and were at the time campaigning for Kevin Mitnick's release from prison. They filmed the documentary "Freedom Downtime" as they tried to correct many glaring errors and personal attacks on Mitnick's character in the film, protesting outside Miramax offices in New York among other things. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Freedom Downtime (2001) See more »

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Performed & Written by Red Star Belgrade
Published by Mouthful Music (BMI)
Courtesy of Checkered Post Records
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Hmmmm
25 October 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

To be honest I watched this film purely for the fact that I am very interested in Hacker Culture/History.. and to my dismay, this film is far from the truth. However it does have its good sides.. it's portrayal of hacking itself and of people with an over-enthusiastic interest in computing for one. Where other hacker-orientated Hollywood movies show flashy tron-like graphics to depict gaining root on a system, Takedown shows you how it is. And the other good thing about this movie is just that... its a movie. If you ignore the fact that the majority of its plot is based on biased views from people who either disliked Kevin, or never even knew him, it's watchable. It contains all the aspects of a Hollywood movie that grab the viewer.. an original topic, a fast moving storyline, a so-called criminal that you really feel sorry for, an unjust American legal system, and a so-called victim who is just as bad as the depicted criminal. If you can easily switch off, this film is for you, but if you care about freedom of information, moral values and the fact that everyone has the right to a fair trial... go watch Freedom Downtime.


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This movie was crap off_target
Why wont non-"crackers" step up to the plate jokerlicious
Hackers 2, I think not... carbocookie
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Watch 'Freedom Downtime' instead sonjaaa
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