I was looking around today at movies that involve computers. Ha! I came to realize something that I never noticed before. There are a whole bunch of movies that involve Hacking of one sort or another, and many of the older ones were actually favorites of mine when I was younger. I mean, before I even realized that computers would be my passion, I apparently had something within me that liked the idea. So, then I put together a decent compilation of them. Here you have it:
She’s a Swedish hacker who types on a Mac and lives with Asperger’s Syndrome. She teams up with a journalist to solve a murder-mystery. And she has a dragon tattoo. Based on the Stieg Larsson novels, this film has earned international acclaim, and has been remade in English with Daniel Craig. Warning: this movie does have graphic sexual content.
33. The Net (1995) – Torrent
Angela Bennett, a computer programmer, stumbles across a disk containing confidential information, gets framed by a hack program, disguised as a high security computer program, which is established by Gregg Microsystems. She has all her information deleted and her identity removed, being known as a criminal by the name of Ruth Marx. The hacking program allows the Praetorians to change and add details to Angela’s (or from the police department’s perspective, Ruth Marx’s) file, framing her for theft, murder and illegal drug use.
32. Gamer (2009) – Torrent
This movie is a cult favorite of video gamers: it depicts a dystopic future where the minds of state prisoners are computer-linked to the consoles of rich game players. The action is brutally violent, and the concept is over the top. But the computer graphics and special effects will slake the bloodthirst of action fans. The final 10 minutes is an eerie blend of hacking and megalomania: Michael C. Hall lipsynchs Sammy Davis Jr. while mind controlling his zombie soldiers…that scene alone is worth the price of the rental.
A very extreme version of “The Sims”, this movie is about scientists who create a virtual world where participants plug in and take over a computer character’s life. The characters are unaware of their puppet existence, but then a real life murder shakes the foundation of the game.
Modern heist movies always involve some sort of hacking. This particular heist movie is extremely entertaining, especially when the supposed true inventor of “Napster” is the main hacker. At least 20 minutes of hacking footage in this actioner. Definitely worth renting if you haven’t seen it.
29. Revolution OS (2001) – Torrent
This documentary tells the story about the Linux operating system, and how it forwarded the philosophy of “open source” and free intellectual property. Not an action movie, but definitely interesting for people who want to learn more about why computer culture is the way it is. If you can find a copy of this, definitely rent it.
The fourth Mission Impossible movie with Tom Cruise is a real surprise. Most sequels tend to go downhill in flavor, but this installment has been a crowd pleaser for its splendid live-action stunts and high-tech thrills. In this modern actioner, you will see iPhones that crack door codes, iPads that spy on security guards, wireless intrusion vectors that are delivered by balloon, hijacked security networks, and a little bit of hacker fun involving Dean Martin music. This show definitely has many entertaining hacker moments, and a good 2 hours of high-octane excitement.
27. The Score (2001) – Torrent
Edward Norton and Robert De Niro are fabulous in this heist flick. In a clever plot to rob a Montreal customs house of some royal artifacts, Norton and De Niro must break into the security systems with the help of a socially-awkward hacker who lives in his mother’s basement. 10 minutes of hacking, and 100 minutes of phenomenal robbery storytelling!
The United State’s Department of Homeland Security is led to believe an American teen hacker playing a terrorist-attack simulator game online is a real terrorist out to destroy the U.S.
This is the flawed storytelling of how Apple and Microsoft came to be. While this movie got mixed reviews, many people have commented they loved it. Three dollars at your video store, and you can decide for yourself if this was a good film.
While you won’t see computers in this classic film, the theme of surveillance and the violation of people’s privacy is so masterfully explored here.
**Related movie: The Conversation was re-imagined as Will Smith’s Enemy of the State in 2001. The 2001 treatment of the story was designed as a modern techno thriller, and has some tremendous special effects and satellite surveillance sequences. Having Gene Hackman star with Will Smith makes it worth the price of a DVD rental.