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Hostile Intent (1997)

Brilliant renegade hacker Mike Cleary and his crack team have finally debugged Guardian, his software program designed to block government cyber snooping. It's going to make them all rich. ... See full summary »

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Jonathan Heap

Writer:

Manny Coto
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rob Lowe ... Cleary
Sofia Shinas ... Gina
James Kidnie ... Agent Adams
John Savage ... Bear
Saul Rubinek ... Kendall
Louis Del Grande Louis Del Grande ... Soames
Ronn Sarosiak Ronn Sarosiak ... Gordon
Rino Romano ... Press
Christopher Kennedy Christopher Kennedy ... Whitt
Gerry Quigley Gerry Quigley ... Dunnel
Jody Racicot ... Rawlins
Simon Reynolds ... Crowther
Patrick Chilvers Patrick Chilvers ... Martina
Marlon Brand Marlon Brand ... Wesler
Sean Sullivan Sean Sullivan ... Charlie
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Storyline

Brilliant renegade hacker Mike Cleary and his crack team have finally debugged Guardian, his software program designed to block government cyber snooping. It's going to make them all rich. Now it's time to celebrate with a game of paintball, played in rugged wilderness far from the digital devices of their everyday lives. Not even an ominous encounter with a militia-style survivalist can dampen the weekend warriors' spirits. But someone is playing for keeps. Instead of getting hit with paintballs, soon they're getting splattered for real. As the body count climbs, Cleary discovers he's at the center of a worldwide web of deceit, aimed at gaining control of the program at any cost. Stalked with high-tech weapons, betrayed by trusted friends, only his programming savvy and a bizarre strategic alliance forged on the battlefield can keep him alive. If he fails and Guardian falls into the wrong hands, the game is over for everyone in the nation. Written by Echo Bridge Home Entertainment

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His Government is Hunting Him Down.

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Action | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for brutal bloody violence and strong language | See all certifications »
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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 August 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lethal Games See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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An outrageous fascist movie
22 November 1998 | by RaphSee all my reviews

"Hostile Intent" is a nice action film, with a very well rhythmed man hunt; the few reflections about the future of a world doomed to informatic war contain enough humour to avoid becoming supid clichés.

But that is not the problem. The problem is this outrageous movie stinks american far-right extremism: a conspiration from the federal authorities, which, during a clandestine military operation, wants to shoot honest citizens who do not want anything else than the world's good. But the brave citizens, armed (not only with paint-ball guns) and ready to defend themselves, will retaliate against the tyranny of a corrupt government. And the movie ends in a remote hut which appears to be a real hi-tech bunker. Welcome to the militia, soldier.

You could think that it's just an innocent film, and that you could say the same things from any other movie where some "normal" man or woman becomes a hero. You could. But "Hostile Intent" is so filled with little signs that doubt can't remain very long.

Who's responsible for this scandalous film? The director, Heap, or the writer, Cotto? Tradition wants it to be the first one. Let's hope he didn't know what he was doing.


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