Saturday, 15 June 2013

Film Review - Wargames

As a kid I loved this film and it was fantastic to watch this again after so many years. In some ways it hasn't aged well, but this merely adds to its nostalgic effect. It's very much a product of its time. The fear of nuclear war (I may have to watch Threads again!), the fear of computers and the wacky fashion of the eighties.

As with every film since then it gets hacking completely wrong, but that doesn't matter so much. The film isn't so much about the kid as a hacker. It's about him getting the girl and teaching the computer that sometimes the only way to win is...

I won't spoil it for you :-)

Suffice to say this was a great film thirty odd years ago and it's still a great film now.

Matthew Broderick (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off) and Ally Sheedy (The Breakfast Club) star in this compelling drama filled with action, suspense and high-tech adventures. Featuring superb performances by Dabney Coleman and Barry Corbin, WarGames is “brilliant...funny...and provocative” (New York)--a fast-paced cyber-thriller. Computer hacker David Lightman (Broderick) can bypass the most advanced security systems, break the most intricate secret codes and master even the most difficult computer games. But when he unwittingly taps into the Defence Department’s war computer, he initiates a confrontation of global proportions--World War III. Together with his girlfriend (Sheedy) and a wizardly computer genius, David must race against time to outwit his opponent...and prevent a nuclear Armageddon.

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