A mischievous group of misanthropic, teen-age computer whizzes find themselves in over their heads when they hack into a major corporation's files and becoming privy to the nefarious Plague's massive embezzling scheme that involves deliberately capsizing oil tankers. This techno-thriller chronicles what happens next. With blazing modems and creative keyboarding, the young hackers, bearing such names as Crash Overdrive, Phantom Phreak, and Cereal Killer, rally together fellow cyber-geeks to stop Plague from destroying the world. … More
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Critic Reviews for Hackers
Hackers isn't a very good movie, but it's a darn sight more fun than The Net.
After the mechanics of the thriller plot start to kick in, the film drags. And when it's time for the big cyber-showdown, we're stuck, once again, with footage of frantic typing.
This is a movie that sums up the worst of the computer era: zapping you with techno-cliches and trapping you in constant visual crash and burn.
The story is negligible, but it offers the same order of fun as a good rock video: the marriage of images and music.
What's most grating about Hackers, however, is the guileless way the movie buys in to the computer-kid-as-elite-rebel mystique currently being peddled by magazines like Wired.
Without being any sort of miracle, this engaging and lively exploitation fantasy-thriller about computer hackers, anarchistic in spirit, succeeds at just about everything The Net failed to.
The real crime of cyberpunks is that they have encouraged Hollywood to make several bad movies aimed at exploiting this new lifestyle niche.
A disjointed yet generally enjoyable stint at the movies, even for those who don't know an infobahn from a nanosecond.
A plot thinner than an LCD monitor doesn't prevent the bombastic fun, and the young cast help it hurtle along.
Even if you bought DOS for Dummies, there's nothing in HACKERS that will stretch your brain.
stupid and entertaining, to some nostalgia degree
As good as a feature length music video can possibly be.
Attractive leads in a leaden suspense story
Audience Reviews for Hackers
Hackers is hi-LAR-ious because of the way it portrays the Internet. The hacking duels between Jonny Lee Miller and Angelina Jolie are at once ridiculous and kinda sexy. A LOT of fun.More
Attempted glamorisation of New York teen hackers fighting corporate greed comes off as a bit too cheeky. All racial stereotypes are represented though ...More
I can objectively say that Hackers is a badly-dated, ridiculous piece of crap that's pure camp to anyone that's ever used a computer. BUT... I had fun watching it. Most of the characters were ridiculous and between Fisher Stevens' egotistical geek and Lorraine Bracco's Jewish mother impression in the last 15 minutes "Rabbit, Flu-Shot, someone talk to me!" I couldn't keep it together. At the same time, Angelina Jolie's Romulan look worked even if Matthew Lillard made me want to commit murder. Nothing serious or even good but Hackers is highly entertaining.More
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