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
Sneakers is yet another film that has been on my watch list since it's release over 20 years ago. Being about computer hacking, it was obviously going to be a little outdated but after watching it, I wonder if it was ever current? There are times when it could have been an Austin Powers film. Ben Kingsley's evil genius, who is an old friend of the leading good guy who was presumed dead, leads an evil corporation that uses a Toy Manufacturing co as a front is the stuff of spoof films and bad cartoons. Throw in the possibilities of Russian involvement, a possible new cold-war and 'Ultimate code-breaker' computer nonsense and it gets a little tiresome. The cast is impressive but no one really impresses. It's cliche after cliche as far as the characters go, fat computer whiz, good at computers and into conspiracy theories, ex-CIA guy, doesn't laugh, owns a gun and worst of all, Blind guy who is so blind, he can even hear things that make no noise. River Phoenix is purely there because he was popular at that time, he barely has any lines let alone anything to actually do in the film. It's of low quality, surely some people would have seen that at the time? I don't understand the love people have for it.More
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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