Release – 1995
Directed by – Iain Softley
Stars – Jonny Lee Miller, Angelina Jolie, Jesse Bradford
Hackers 1995 Trailer
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Computers are fast replacing the work that men do, but no matter how precise they are, there is always a way to get around to them. An eleven-year-old Dade ‘Zero Cool’ Murphy (Jonny Lee Miller) hacks into 1,507 computer systems whilst sitting in his bedroom and causes the New York Stock Exchange to crash by seven points. Dade is disallowed from using a computer till he is 18 and when he does turn 18, he celebrates by hacking into a TV network station just so that he can watch his favourite show. Dade’s mother moves to New York in pursuit of a better career and Dade is made to follow her to the big city.
Here, he meets other like-minded hackers, Kate ‘Acid Burn’ Libby (Angelina Jolie), Ramon ‘The Phantom Freak’ Sanchez (Santiago), Emmanuel ‘Cereal Killer’ Goldstein, Paul ‘Lord Nikon’ Cook (Mason) and the young Joey Pardella (Bradford).
Being the youngest, Joey gets picked on a lot and in order to prove that is not stupid, decides to hack into the supercomputer of a multinational company and downloads a ‘garbage file’, a file that contains, garbage. What he does not realise is that the file is not actually garbage but holds a virus that was purposefully planted in the system. Eugene ‘The Plague’ Belford is the IT head of the company who had secretly planted the virus to siphon off the companies money. Eugene now decides to pin the blame of the virus and the infiltration into the system on Joey and makes him take the fall for his deeds.
Dade and the other hackers, decide to stand up for the truth and try and collect as much evidence in favor of Joey with Eugene constantly breathing down their necks. Along with the help of The Secret Service, Eugene wants to retrieve Joey’s garbage file and traces the entire group of friends as accomplices to this act.
Final Thought : This movie is a very typically science-fiction movie made in the 90s. With tacky graphics, whizzing computers and other bad CGI to give the feel of a modern-age computer movie, the movie doesn’t do a very good job at convincing audiences. Although the entire movies storyline is completely based on hackers, it still feels very rough around the edges. A typical hacker movie would involve words such as ‘firewall’ ‘ip address’ ‘database’ and what not, but this movie just seems a bit deprived of the core elements that every geeky movie should have. An ok-ish movie if you are really looking for something in this genre, else it is best avoidable.
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