Just finished watching Hackers for the first time.
It has its flaws, as do all films. The bizarre floating-in-cyberspace computer displays have no relation to reality, but then, the alternative was to show Unix output flashing down the screen for long periods. It's silly, but one must possess sufficient intellectual fortitude to stand it and move on.
if this film isn't a celebration of tech culture
, of young nerds testing their limits, of the overculture having no
idea what it's talking about and handing over the keys to the kingdom to the few with tech skills.
It's a reminder that we live in a digital world, that those who understand technology really do have power, and that a lot of people are really, fundamentally weird. And that that's okay.
It's that last that really struck me. The protagonists are freaks, really, in many ways, and the movie is completely okay
with that. We're expected to root for them, even the stoner and the script kiddie.
In Susan Napier's terminology, it's a festival
film, celebrating a strange little sub-culture as closely as Hollywood can simulate any such thing.
Bonus points for Angelina Jolie as a female hacker who's at least as skilled as the male main character, a fact that's reinforced throughout the film, and who actually looks and acts like a teenager. #film #hackers