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January 16, 2018
Slightly outdated and gives a false representation of the typical cyber trolls a.k.a hackers. However, the cast was delightful and Angelina Jolie was great in the role of Kate Libby. The problem with Fisher Stevens is he does not pull off a convincing villain, but the rest of the movie is pretty good. Buckle up "Hackers" is a ride of entertainment, excitement and suspense.
½ January 11, 2018
Classic, campy, unrealistic in all the best ways.
October 28, 2017
It's not the most accurate depiction of hacking ever in a movie, but it's my favorite depiction. Almost no hollywood movie gets hacking right but at least Hackers gets it *fun*! Enjoyable fast, fast moving plot, total blast from the past. I'll watch this over almost any other computer movie.
½ July 21, 2017
For those like me who were in high school when it premiered in theaters, but who also had gotten deep into computers as young kids in the 80's (rare), this movie definitely struck a chord. And if you were an EDM fan (or didn't know it yet) the soundtrack didn't disappoint either.
So long as you don't take the film and its visuals at face value, and can look past the now "vintage" technology and jargon, its a bit easier to swallow. The visuals for example, which so many view as cheesy, are intended to represent the inner thoughts of the users as they decipher what it is that they are looking at or navigating, not that they are actually doing equations, or flying around within the web.
Considering that the majority of people had little to no experience with computers or the internet at the time of its release, I view the this movie as someone trying to explain the color blue to a blind man. You can do your best, but unless they already know, they just aren't likely to get it.
June 7, 2017
it's the absolutely blandness and straight up nature of this movie that makes it so terribly good, completely inaccurate towards the reality of hacking but the mood of the movie is pretty damn good, if you don't look at this as factual you really see the amount of love went into the visuals and soundtrack, a solid 9/10 for the time. the acting is actually pretty damn good as well, it's not polished, it feels more realistic, more intuitive, couldn't really see the characters played by anyone else (shy the main antagonists, absolutely cringe worthy performance at times). to sum up, the story line isn't glamorous, it doesn't have to be, the art style, atmosphere and music make this movie more then worth watching. side note; you could almost consider this movie a comedy if you have any decent interest in computers and their capabilities. it's a crack up to see them excited over old tech
½ June 6, 2017
i liked this film when i was akid but now i laugh my asre of at the computer stuff
May 8, 2017
Still to today one of my favourite movies!
½ April 13, 2017
Made solely for techies. It's not my thing. It is very outdated and the soundtrack is atrocious. And what was up with Matthew Lillard and that hair? (First and only viewing - 12/1/2009)
½ March 31, 2017
This movie is really really dated. The technology is so old. But I still enjoyed the story. Its about hacker kids who get framed and have to figure out how not to get arrested for it. The ending is so dumb. Big plot hole that never made any sense to me. Angelina sure is young and hot. See it for that alone.
½ February 26, 2017
Bad plot, bad acting and just a bad film in general.
February 8, 2017
(( some spoilers))

When people think of Hackers whether real or fictional we think, Snowden, Mr.Robot, techy computer savants who spend countless hours in front of computer screens sifting through numerical code that would seem like gibberish to the layman. We don't think " highschool" kids ( who look 30), who dress like they're in a madmax film acting extremely flamboyant and depicting hacking as a mish-mash of every popular 80s arcade game with A.I.M trash talk( a.i.m.....Wow I'm old).

You know what though?.......

1 R3@LLY L1K3 TH15 M0V13. :D

Hackers was released in 1995; the era of dial up internet, MtV(when it was edgy), payphones, and floppy disks. It stars Johnny Lee Miller as a genius computer hacker named Dade Murphy A.K.A: Zero Cool, Crash Override ( coolest hacker names ever in this movie). He was caught hacking by the FBI when he was 10 or 11, and banned from using a computer or LAN line phone until his 18th birthday.( First:What? Second: Stupid)

He moves to New York city with his mom and soon falls in with a group of low level hackers at his highschool (yes, there are echelons of hacking according to this movie.) A young and very hot Angelina Jolie is Murphy's love interest and rival hacker named (Acid Burn); they go back and forth with the love hate relationship in this movie, but this is just the subplot of the film.

The main plot involves Overrides lame hacker friend (Joey), who trying to impress his friends accidentally copies a garbage file from a major oil corporation that would expose a couple corrupt executives syphoning money. This is where we get our villian, the best and worst part of this movie. Our main villian is Fisher Stevens (Short Circuit1 and 2 and a litany of television appearances) who's a hacker ,and the C.T.O of the oil company who rides a skateboard everywhere and only lets people call him " The Plague" ( someone actually calls him Mr.The Plague). Our secondary villian is Lorraine Brocca (The Sopranos, Goodfellas) as a ditzy C.E.O who blindly follows everything The Plague suggests. They're an odd mismatched pair and look like Jessie and James of team rocket if James grew a beard.

The Plague plans to blame Dade and his friends for a hack he created to syphon money from the oil company. The movie is pretty much a expose the douchey evil corporate fatcats who oppress our lives and try to blame us for their misdeeds.

The movie is very campy and ridiculous throughout(Especially Matthew Lillard), but it's also fun. Of course the way they show hacking in this movie is nothing like real life, but how awesome would it be if it was. This movie is like if hacker who was a videogame and anime junkie got to direct a movie. It's ultra 90s awesomeness, and you can totally see elements from this film that have inspired the amazing show Mr.Robot. Yes, this movie is dumb but it's too much fun to pass up.


P.s. awesome hacker names in this movie

Phantom Phreak Crash Override

Cereal Killer Acid Burn

Lord Nikon Zero Cool
November 14, 2016
For some reason I really connected with this movie, not for being personal, but just because is so much fun, I would certainly call it a cult classic.
August 28, 2016
A movie even Angelina Jolie wants to forget about...
July 30, 2016
This isn't a spectacular film by any means - but it's a fun watch. The characters are interesting, and all have their little quirks - represented well by well-known actors now, who weren't back then. The story isn't overly complex, but actually drops a lot of future foreshadowing in terms of what life is like now for some people. Yes, there are kids that can code now, VERY WELL, and yes, corporate America reigns supreme. If you're looking for some quick entertainment, and the cyberpunk world interests you, definitely give this a watch.
½ July 23, 2016
A classic for its time.
Some badass soundtrack.
June 4, 2016
I now see where the music and look of The Matrix comes from... and Angelina ??????
½ May 30, 2016
This is the most '90s movie to every 90. I hope there's a website out there listing every single '90s trope this film has. Every single one. The rollerblading. The power of modems. The awful tinted sunglasses. The awful Christian sunglasses. The dark wet alley with steam set. Matthew Lillard. Every single article of clothing. Nirvana poster. Da Rude the Soundtrack. Horrible and wonderful computers. Pay phones. Everything!
½ February 23, 2016
Highly enjoyable cyber teen flick...It is cool to remember Jonny Lee Miller and Jolie together.
December 26, 2015
Very good movie. The plot is pretty unique in its hacker point of view, the style and direction is solid, the dialogue is pretty funny, and the performances are very good, especially Miller, Jolie and Lillard.
½ December 21, 2015
Rather unique, quirky, dated. It was worth my time.
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