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Takedown (2000)

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
... Julia
... Alex Lowe
... Mitch Gibson (as Chris McDonald)
... Brad
... McCoy Rollins
... Lance 'Icebreaker' Petersen
... Karen
... Dan Bradley
... Shelley
... Committee Chairman
... Jake Cronin
... Tom Fiori
... Rachel
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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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Kevin Mitnick goes up against an FBI agent named Special Agent Mitch Gibson - a reference to the hacked computer system of the same name, Gibson, from the movie Hackers (1995). See more »

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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 »

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Kevin Mitnick: Why am I here and you are not?
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Referenced in Freedom Downtime (2001) See more »

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Drowning In Love
Performed & Written by James Kole
Published by James Kole
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Great, low budget film
14 November 2002 | by See all my reviews

Takedown is the story of Kevin Mitnick and Tsutomu Shimamura's effort to bring him down.

Whatever the accuracies of the story (and considering the egos involved, I guess we'll never know), this is a pretty riveting tale of an underground hacker playing and defeating the system. Which is all you could ever ask for in a movie. :-)

Johnny Depp lookalike Skeet Ulrich, Russell Wong, Donal Logue, Cara Buono, Amanda Peet and Angela Featherstone make this low budget movie worth while.

Whether or not the real Kevin Mitnick is a nice fellow or what he did was totally legal doesn't detract much from this ripping yarn. The production values are ok (but what would you expect from a guy who spends most of his time sitting behind a monitor in a small room?), however, the concept makes it more than worth while. Especially the "social engineering" segments are cool. Not to be missed if you're at all interested in movies about sub-cultures and the guerilla mentality.


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