Sunday, June 24, 2018

Hackers (1995)

Director: Iain Softley

Writer: Rafael Moreu

Composers: Simon Boswell, Guy Pratt

Starring: Johnny Lee Miller, Angelina Jolie, Jesse Bradford, Matthew Lillard, Laurence Mason, Renoly Santiago, Fisher Stevens, Alberta Watson, Lorraine Bracco, Penn Jillette, Felicity Huffman

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Hack The Planet!

Plot:  High school computer hackers are blamed for making a virus that will capsize 5 oil tankers.

My rating: 5/10

Will I watch it again?  Hell, no.

Maybe if I had seen this in '95 I would have a slightly higher opinion of this but I didn't and this is hilariously bad.  I read once that nothing dates a movie more than technology and they must've been thinking about this flick when they came up with that notion.  In this case, it's true.  The first few minutes are so over the top with the graphics, idiotic bullshit computer crap and computer jargon that I couldn't help but bust out laughing.  There are several scenes like that.  A lot of people (and I'm not one of them) probably dig this movie because of Angelina Jolie.  It's her first movie where she has a starring role.  She also shows a little skin...

But then so does this guy...

I was bored for most of the flick.  It's so over the top bad in places but dull in others.  Plus the movie runs an hour and forty five minutes long.  Cut out the boring bits and leave in the bad acting and stupendously corny computer bits and you'd have something to throw on for you and your friends (with lots of booze, of course) to goof on.  The MGM DVD has the film in anamorphic widescreen with the trailer in the same format.  That's all for extras.

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