Hackers (1995)

1995 | PG-13 | Thriller, Drama, Comedy, Crime

User Score: 67/100


A young boy is arrested by the U.S. Secret Service for writing a computer virus and is banned from using a computer until his 18th birthday...

Hackers (1995) is an American science fiction thriller crime movie that became a cult classic. Iain Softley (K-PAX (2001), The Skeleton Key (2005), Inkheart (2008)) did a spectacular job directing this movie with a few actors that did not have much experience under their belt. The movie contains nudity, sexual references/language, violence, thrills, computer hackers, comedy, drama, suspense and a few actors that overacted. Angelina Jolie was the best actor by far in this movie keeping in mind that the dialogue was not all that great. I absolutely loved the soundtrack and it went well with the movie although it has more songs than needed. The movie is not accurate or perfect but is fun to watch with an open mind.

Hackers revolves around a group of intelligent high school hackers who was involved in a corporate extortion conspiracy. Dade (Max Ligosh - Joe the King (1999), Pizza (2005), Law & Order (1990)) was not the average 11-year-old boy in 1988. Dade was banned from using computers and touch-tone telephones until he is 18-years-old because he was charged with crashing 1,507 computer systems in one day and causing the New York Stock Exchange to drop 7-point in one day. The movie skips forward to Dade (Jonny Lee Miller - Trainspotting (1996), Elementary (2012), Dark Shadows (2012)) living with his divorced mother in New York City seven years later. Dade received a computer for his 18th birthday and soon changes the current TV programs to something else after hacking into the computer network at a local television station. Dade met another hacker while doing so by the name of Kate/Acid Burn (Angelina Jolie - Maleficent (2014), Changeling (2008), Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005), Salt (2010)) and told him that his name is Crash Override. Dade met Kate at his high school and realizes that she is Acid Burn after a few events. He soon joined a hacker nightclub, Cyberdelia where he met a lot of people like him. After a few more events, The group decides to hack into a company after they discover that $25 million is at stake. The movie entails so many more beautifully captured scenes that will make viewers think about their computer/assets and how secure is it really?

Overall I enjoyed watching this comedy movie that sort of made fun of itself and is entertaining to watch. The movie will be a hit or miss with computer fanatics because it has a few plot holes and as I said earlier, it is not accurate when compared to reality. The movie had a few goofs: Kate’s words do not match her mouth/lips at her party when she said "I hope you don’t screw like you type," to Dade while he was typing on her laptop. There were several other scenes where the characters/actors mouth does not match the words they were saying. The cashier in the restaurant swiped Agent Gill’s credit card the wrong way so the machine could not have read it. The cashier swiped the credit card with the magnetic stripe at the top, but the magnetic stripe does not touch the machine. There are other goofs in the movie that will be caught by many viewers so keep your eyes open for them while viewing the movie.

About Hackers (1995)

Title: Hackers
Year: 1995
Starring: Matthew Lillard, Bob Sessions, Ricco Ross, Sam Douglas, Angelina Jolie, Jonny Lee Miller, Jeff Harding, Michael Gaston, John D. Bair, Annemarie Lawless, Eric Loren, Gary Howard Klar, Ravil Isyanov, Naoko Mori, Fisher Stevens, Ralph Winter, John H. Tobin, Wendell Pierce, Felicity Huffman, Douglas W. Iles, Darren Lee, Mike Cicchetti, Rawleigh Moreland, C.J. Byrnes, Laurence Mason, Thomas Hill, Kevin Brewerton, Jennifer Badger, Jesse Bradford, Walter Lewis
Director: Iain Softley
Score: 3 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.3/5 stars from 18 users. Votes: 18.
Genre: Thriller, Drama, Comedy, Crime
MPAA Rating: PG-13

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