Hackers (1995) Film Review


Who would have thought that the nineties would age so badly on film? This film had all of the outfits and trends that either were cool, or that the film designers thought would be cool, but now they just look daggy. Like rollerblading.

Dade (Jonny Lee Miller) was convicted of hacking many multinational corporations at eleven. Now, seven years later, he and his mother have moved to the city and he is attempting to fit into a new school. He quickly finds the underground world of hackers, including Kate (Angelina Jolie), Joey (Jesse Bradford), Cereal (Matthew Lillard), Nikon (Laurence Mason) and Phreak (Renoly Santiago). In trying to prove himself to the group, Joey accidentally uncovers a plot by The Plague (Fisher Stevens) to steal a whole lot of money from a major corporation. The Plague manipulates the police (led by The Bunk – yup, Wendell Pierce) into chasing the teenagers, and they must hack to prove their innocence.

It’s such an ace film – although possibly only for anyone who was a teenager and loved it at the time. Very little about it holds up – the styles, the computer lingo, the internet speed they are managing on their dial-up. But it’s still totally ace and I love it.