|Antiquated by todays standards|
Hackers, despite only coming out 16 years ago looks like a antique. A portal to a bygone era of spandex and lepoard print.
Dade Murphy is like any normal 11 year old kid, writing malicious software that crashed 1507 systems and casued the stock market to drop. The ride dosen't last long though and he is caught and sentenced to 7 years without acess to a computer. One time skip and trip to New York later Murphy is back with a new school and new computer.This leads to him making friends with the local hackers and begin a feud with Acid Burn aka Kate Libby.
Kids just want to have fun though and one of their friends Joey mangaes to get into Ellingson Mineral Company supercomputer. After copying some proof Joey is arrested by the Secrete Service an blamed for installing the Da Vinci which will sink oil tankers if it isn't fed 25 million dollars by the end of the week. Of course the true mastermind Eugene The Playgue Belford has it all set up for those darn meddling kids to take the fall while he runs off to the islands.
When Hackers decides to actually focus on the plot and not trying to make the characters interesting it turns into a pretty entertaining movie.Dade and Kate are ok but they aren't why you want to see this movie you want to see them hack stuff.
Hackers is visually pleaseing even though what I saw looked insane and like someone had watched to much MTV. It should get credit though for visualizing the inner workings of a computer in a unique way making Tron look more foolsih than it already did.
Any hacker concepts or cyber punk ideas it tries to push forward are loss though in the cartoonish and music video like nature of the film.
All of the characters are indeed that characters. The only two who aren't bouncing off the walls are Dade and Kate. Fisher Stevens is great as the manic Eugene Plague just uterly slimey and perposturos as his security center. The rest of the hacker crew is largely forgetable save for Matthew Lillard as Emmanuel Goldstein aka Cereal Killer who just manages to stick out no matter what.
Even though Hackers gets the whole hacking part wrong it makes it look really cool.With computer screens reflecting back a perfect image on to the user. The inner workings of programs imagined as cities. To the use of pagers and roller blades as a means for communication.
Hackers is kind of like looking back at your youth and realiing how stupid you were at times. Even though you look stupid you also probably looked pretty cool to you and your friends.