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
The code that Phil and Randy are stealing, while Milo broke into the daycare center, is from lnx4win or "Linux for Windows", another piece of Free Software. See more »
In the scene after Milo leaves Building 21 the first time, he's standing outside under the shadow of the mouse satellite dish. The shadow from the satellite dish is cast to the right of the screen, while Milo's shadow is cast to the left. This could only happen with two light sources, and even then, there would be two shadows. See more »
Gary Winston once said that any teenager in a garage could put him out of business. Is that what you've done?
[Looking around him]
This is a garage.
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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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