This movie is the fictional story of computer programming genius Milo Hoffman after graduating from Stanford and getting out into the competitive world of computer software. In his contemplation of where to begin his career, he is contacted by Gary Winston whose character is loosely based on Bill Gates. Winston is the CEO of a company called NURV, and they are on the brink of completing the global communication's system, Synapse. They need Hoffman to help them meet their launch date, so after much thought and with the full support of his girlfriend Alice, he accepts the job. Tragedy soon after strikes and Milo becomes suspicious of the company he has been wrapped up in. He learns that trusting anyone could be a mistake, and that nothing is as it seems. Written by
NURV is shown to stand for "Never Underestimate Radical Vision" on a sign at the entrance to the campus. This is also seen on a whiteboard during Gary's first motivational meeting that Milo attends. See more »
When Milo and Teddy's pictures are being circled in the yearbook, you can see an "email Milo" and "email Teddy" link under their descriptions. See more »
[looking for fingerprints on a keyboard]
Dust the colon and the backslash key! Only geeks use those keys.
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At the end of the cast list in the end credits, there is a section entitled "Geeks", much in the same vein as "Stunts". See more »
I praise Hollywood for creating a movie that does not have mass appeal. Too often movies of this type are designed to be for too wide an audience and all credibility is lost. This film avoids this, for the most part, by primarily appealing to a core target audience in the 15 to 35 age range.
The credits sequence began and I immediately cringed and thought, "Hacker 2...ugh." but it didn't turn out that way, much to my pleasure. Horrible computer idiocy was kept to a minimum, and generally only used for dramatic effect rather than the "computerz r kewl" aspect.
The dramatic performances were very good in my opinion and the film was superb in creating suspense. The soundtrack is rather excellent as well.
By my guess, huge changes were made to this film (based on the trailer) and I look forward to seeing an alternate version or cut-scenes on the DVD.
I definitely recommend this movie for anyone who likes technology and computers. For everyone else, I don't know if you would like it, honestly, but I can tell you it's not a whole movie about computers.
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