In this tech-thriller from director Phil Alden Robinson, a group of five renegade computer hackers, led by Martin Bishop (Robert Redford), are hired by the government to steal a black box, containing a code-breaking machine, from the mathematician who invented the device. The government is able to persuade Martin to take the job by convincing him that they will drop a decades-old federal warrant for his involvement in computer fraud. Martin agrees and he takes his team on the mission, eventually taking the box. Shortly after the hackers have stolen the device, the mathematician turns up dead. Before long, the quintet realize that they've gotten themselves into more than they'd originally bargained for, as Bishop's old rival Cosmo (Ben Kingsley) enters into the fold. The eclectic ensemble also includes River Phoenix, Sidney Poitier, Dan Aykroyd, David Strathairn, Mary McDonnell, and James Earl Jones. … More
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Critic Reviews for Sneakers
Makes up for its gaps in logic with its breezy tone and its technological razzledazzle.
Right up to an ending designed to crack the sternest critical poker face, this is gourmet popcorn of the highest order.
Discounting his god-awful American accent, Kingsley is in fine venomous form.
Geriatric hi-tech action-packed spoof caper film that starts out semi-believable and ends on an unbelievable low point.
It's all passably entertaining, but there's precious little that will stay with you...
Fun caper flick with great Redford and Poitier rapport.
A marvellous caper-movie throwback.
Great caper comedy that deftly balances high-tech gadgets and character humor.
Great, fun caper flick with an amazing ensemble cast.
Marvelous characters in messy script.
Excellent techno-thriller. Cool gadgets and a great gang of misfit spies.
Fun, forgettable caper comedy
High-Tech, High-Class Entertainment...the cast of casts
Top notch spy thriller
Every actor here is top-notch, and the sense of fun and give-and-take is palpably enjoyable.
Enjoyable comedy thriller. Short on believability, but long on entertainment
Audience Reviews for Sneakers
It is extraordinarily corny, and the screenwriting is quite mediocre, yet the film does engage with an interesting, complex plot and thrilling sequences.More
Behind the unlikely story of the possibilities of a codebreaking device that works sorta like a universal remote is simply a charisma piece that exists so we can pal around with the stars for a moment. A nice evening with friends.More
A team of hackers must steal a mysterious black box.
At the time, before the Internet became as ubiquitous as it is, this must have seemed cutting edge and revolutionary. Today, it doesn't play as well and must rely on the strength of its cast, which, on first glance, promises to be quite good. But midway through the film, I got the feeling that these were just actors having fun being actors. What results is a fairly basic thriller/comedy, and while it's entertaining, in the words of one critic, "There's precious little that will stay with you."
Overall, Sneakers is a decent way to waste two hours, but don't go looking for anything more than light-hearted entertainment.
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