Hollywood has created lot of good computer hacking movies in past years and is still gifting us many. The game between human brain and machine is one the most interesting one and that attracts many of us. I’m big fan of hacking scene in movies. Perhaps, you are reading this article, as you are one like me who enjoy this game thoroughly. Hacking which is an art is at top of all such games.
We know hacking is both a good thing and a bad thing. It is good if you want to learn and just want to have some harmless fun or your intentions are to help. Bad if you have something mischievous in your mind or planning to disturb. Those who want to learn the art for constructive and learning purposes must watch some great movies based on hacking.
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Must Watch Hacking Movies
Hacking needs, lot of hard work and intelligence, and these movies will surely inspire you. So, here is the list :
Antitrust is a film based in Portland, Oregon, released in 2001 and is directed by Peter Howitt. It is a thriller and portrays a young Stanford graduate Milo Hoffman (Ryan Phillippe) who gets a very attractive job offer from a big firm that includes an attractive programming position, hefty pay, creative control over work and an un-restrained work environment. Later on, the true motive of the CEO firm is unveiled and then Milo finds himself in the mess. Antitrust is a good movie that inspires.
Tron is the awesome classic movie of 1982 that no budding hacker can afford to avoid. The interesting thought that a hacker is transported to the digital grid system, to control the master control who has those vicious intentions is simply great. Clearly shows the combat between human brain and machine.
The Matrix (1999)
If we talk about good computer, hacking movies and we do not discuss “The Matrix” that is bit annoying. This movie introduced many fabulous techniques like “bullet time” visual effects and has great action sequences and “wire Fu” techniques from Hong Kong action cinema. Movie is a cyberpunk showing simulated reality in which humans are living. When a hacker Neo (Keanu Reeves) gets to know about it then with others who also know the reality, he fights against the machine that has built up this environment. Intelligent plot, good cast and the new techniques used in the film make it one of the best. A new hacker cannot just skip this movie and the sequels from the wish list.
This 1995 movie is a cyberpunk thriller directed by Iain Softley. It was released when internet was not so common in common public. Film revolves around the young boy who at mere age of 11, hacks computers, and crashes 1507 computer systems. Drama and thrill add up when there is a cyber war between Zero cool (Jonny Lee Miller) and Acid Burn (Angelina Jolie) heats up. It leads them to unveil certain people in command with malicious goals. It is an average but must watch movie. The social engineering skills to get details about hardware of the machine, shown in the movie are awesome. Movie is a definite inspiration for young geeks.
This is a bit old-fashioned caper (genre of crime fiction) movie. “Sneakers” (directed by Phil Alden Robinson) got released in 1992. It is laced with drama, thrill, fiction, and comedy. Plot involves a team of security analysts who are hired by CIA agents who turn out to be fake ones and then the saga begins. It is a story about two associates who in their early days worked together as hackers and then choose their own ways. This movie has some real good organized hacking scenes that can be of great interest to any budding hacker including you.
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There is lot to learn and practice. These are my top 5 from some good computer hacking movies, not necessarily in same order. The general idea about hackers is that all day and night they sit in a dark room and are just obsessed with internet and cracks. However, in reality they do have great social life.
Yes, they are passionate about what they do over internet and this passion keeps them motivated and energized. Some do it for fun, some to earn but whatever is the reason hacking is a serious task with lot of fun attached for real brains. If you are heading in same direction then these computer hacking movies are necessary watch. Enjoy!