- 1 hr 47 min
"Hackers" is a cyberpunk film from 1995 directed by Iain Softley that revolves around the world of hacking and computer security. The movie features a star-studded cast including Jonny Lee Miller, Angelina Jolie, and Jesse Bradford. The story follows Dade Murphy, also known as 'Crash Override' (played by Jonny Lee Miller), who is a hacker who was banned from using computers or touch-tone phones until he turned 18, after being arrested for crashing thousands of computers at the age of 11. Upon his 18th birthday, Dade moves to New York City and meets a group of fellow teenage hackers: Cereal Killer (played by Matthew Lillard), Phantom Phreak (played by Renoly Santiago), Acid Burn (played by Angelina Jolie), and Joey (played by Jesse Bradford).
Together, the group gets involved in a high-stakes hacking war against an evil corporation called 'The Plague' (played by Fisher Stevens) and its leader, Eugene Belford (played by Laurence Mason). The Plague has developed a virus called 'Da Vinci' that could capsize global oil tankers and create environmental catastrophes worldwide. The virus is hidden in a diskette that was stolen from a company that was bought out by The Plague. The group of hackers steals the diskette, but The Plague retaliates by framing the hackers for a series of elaborate crimes.
The rest of the movie follows the hackers as they hack their way through The Plague's systems and try to clear their names. The movie is jam-packed with high-tech gadgets, social engineering techniques, and intense cyber-battles. "Hackers" is a thrilling heist film that captures the spirit of rebellious youth who use their technological skills to fight against the corporate greed of the adult world.
One of the most memorable aspects of the film is the portrayal of hacking culture. The movie depicts hackers as a community of misfits who are drawn to each other because of their shared passion for technology. The characters in the movie speak in a unique language that includes slang and technical jargon that was popular among hackers at the time. The movie's production design and soundtrack are also heavily influenced by technology and digital culture, featuring bright neon colors, eclectic fashion styles, and electronic music.
Another standout aspect of "Hackers" is the performance of the cast. Jonny Lee Miller's portrayal of Dade Murphy is charismatic and endearing, while Angelina Jolie's portrayal of Acid Burn is confident and fiercely independent. Jesse Bradford's portrayal of Joey offers a balance of humor and vulnerability to the group, while Matthew Lillard's Cereal Killer is over-the-top and exaggerated in the best way possible. Laurence Mason's Eugene Belford is simultaneously menacing and sophisticated, making for a formidable villain.
Overall, "Hackers" is an exciting and fun movie that offers a unique perspective on cyber culture that still resonates today. While the technology and fashion may be dated, the movie's themes of youthful rebellion, corporate greed, and the power of community still hold up. The movie has become a cult classic and has inspired a generation of hackers and technology enthusiasts.
Hackers is a 1995 action movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 47 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.2 and a MetaScore of 46.