Is it not so exciting and interesting that an organized plan where a person (hacker) sitting somewhere remotely can control a whole system, without even touching it physically? It has always thrilled me to explore the unexplored. To reach the unreachable and to break what seems break proof. Yeah, I may sound like a computer savy or hacker but many of you are like this. A sharp mind can construct or destruct stuff around him and so can hackers. Hackers are computer wizards and geeks who have this extra gene of curiosity that motivates them to explore and crack everything they or others make (in terms of s/w or network break).
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When hacking interest humans so much then how is it possible that we do not see any impact in the Hollywood films. Although since 80’s we can see many movies based on hacking or having some strong characters as hackers but 90’s was a golden period for hacking movies and lots of cyborg, thrillers, Sci-Fi movies were released. Some were good, some were average, and some were the worst. However, some marvellous pieces of work can inspire and motivate all budding hackers.
Hollywood Hacking movies released in 90’s
Here are some of my favourite hacking movies released in 90’s.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
This movie is the sequel of Terminator, which made Arnold Schwarzenegger even more popular, and elite name in Hollywood. With special effects that are more cutting-edge and a good storyline, James Cameron has created the magic again. It is a sci-fi action thriller where there is a war between two cyborgs, one of which has been made out of liquid metal plays the villain/vamp role. Film is directed by James Cameron and stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, and Edward Furlong.
After Terminator 2 in 1992, an old-fashioned caper was released. The name was Sneakers. You will find everything from drama, thrill, and fiction to comedy. Fake CIA agents hire a childhood hacker and his team who are now some security analysts. Story takes folds when the fake identity is revealed and the whole plan gets unveiled. Here, in this movie you can see some commendable organized hacking scenes. Every budding hacker should watch this one to observe and learn.
After Sneakers, I did not see any hacking movie until I watched Hackers in 1995 when it was released. It is a good cyberpunk thriller and a true hacker’s movie. Iain Softley has directed it. Protagonist and the female lead both are hackers in this movie. Though few things may sound u-n realistic, movie entertains with the suspense and thrill of a good hacking movie. Young geeks will surely like it.
The Matrix (1999)
1999 was a revolutionary year for sci-fi. It is this year when “The Matrix” was released. This movie pioneered many new techniques and effects like “wire fu”, “bullet time” and other super special effects. The fight between man and machines is so skilfully depicted that sometimes, even audiences may get confused between the reality and simulations. Movie is directed by Wachowski brothers with Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, and Carrie-Anne Moss. Neo (Keanu reeves) is the chosen one who can fight and win against machines on behalf of humans. Morpheus and Trinity played by Laurence Fishburne and Carrie-Anne Moss respectively help them to realize that the world he is living in is a simulated one and a real one. Neo realizes it gradually and then they all take this war ahead.
Pirates of Silicon Valley (1999)
Along with Matrix, we witnessed one more great movie called “Pirates of Silicon Valley”. We all have heard about Microsoft and Apple, the big shots companies in computer industry. We also have heard many stories about their founders Bill gates and Steve Jobs. This movie is based upon the rivalry between two big shots apart from their built up and making of personal computer. I am sure the passion these two people had for their work would not allow you to go untouched, when it presented so well in the movie. It is directed by Martyn Burke and cast includes Noah Wyle (Steve Jobs), Joey Slotnick (Steve Wozniak), J.G. Hertzler (Ridley Scott), Anthony Michael Hall (Bill Gates).
These 90’s movies are in chronological order and some are the best movies from the learning store for hackers, created in that decade. Some learn hacking simply to explore and help others and are interested in constructive things whereas, there are people who have this mischievous intensions and enjoy hacking on the cost of others. Learning is always good and one should explore as much as they can, as that is the only route for innovations. Hope your list matches mine and if not please share your picks. I would love to watch them.