10/22/09

Hackers


Hackers is pretty much the computer-geek movie to see. If you're into computers and consider yourself at all a part of the geek culture, people will pretty much laugh at you if you haven't seen Hackers. I know. They did it to me. So as part of my "At First Sight" project where I watch a bunch of movies from the past that I should have seen when they came out, I added this movie to my NetFlix queue. Aside from the "state-of-the-art" technology being hilariously antiquated, the story itself was good enough, although it didn't end as well as I'd hoped.


The big draw for me to this movie was Angelina Jolie. A young sex-symbol playing the part of a geek girl!? This cannot go unwatched. And, as one might expect, she plays the part well.

Sometimes while watching this movie I got the feeling that executives were just trying to appeal to a fan base. That is, it didn't seem genuine. Just a slapping together of things they thought would look cool. On the other hand, it did give a real sense of what real-life hackers are generally all about: just curiosity. It's rare to find a malicious hacker who's out to shut down the world's computer systems for their own gain. They are mostly young computer geniuses who just want to find out more. This point the movie gets across pretty well, but the young people themselves sometimes come across as teenage stereotypes; caricatures of the neo-geek community.

I'm not sure the bad-guy's plot was explained very well, either. I got that he wanted to blame hackers for what he was planning to do, but what he was planning to do and how it helped him at all kind of eluded me. And don't get me started on his matrix room. That was all kinds of flashy, techno-crazy bad.

But don't get me wrong, it's a fun movie. I can see where it holds an endearing place in computer geeks' hearts. If you wanna see a kind of cheesy, but easily enjoyed geeky movie, add this to your queue.