Quick Film Guide: Hackers (Iain Softley, 1995)

Directed by Iain Softley

In 1995, people were getting their first taste of the worldwide web in their homes, and the subversive hacker culture was on the rise. A hip flick about a bunch of good looking high school hackers taking on the corporate world seemed accurate.

Still, even back when it was released, Iain Softley’s Hackers must have seemed superficial. Seen today, it is obviously ridiculous. Furthermore, its storyline comes across as unnecessarily confusing.

However, because not everything should necessarily be taken as a serious work of art, Hackers can still be spared from a place in movie hell when admired as a document of a very naive, popular mid-’90s vision of the cyber world. In this sense, it follows in the tradition of such cult films as Flash Gordon while being perfectly attuned the pop music videos of its time.

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