Hackers (PG-13)

Starring: Johnny Lee Miller, Kate Libby, Angelina Jolie

Content: Profanity, brief male butt shot, serious Crimes of Fashion

Rating: 4

Summary: A group of young hackers are framed for attempting to extort 5 million dollars from a large corporation and must use all their skills to clear their names and catch the bad guy, a rogue hacker working for the company.

A visually interesting movie, but not much more than that. Computer professionals (such as yours truly) will understand most of the terminology, but I heard a lot of comments along the lines of "I didn't understand what was going on." Several other problems:

bulletThe hacking graphics were OK, but weren't even CLOSE to reality.
bulletThis cyberpunk look does nothing for me. The female hacker wears too much makeup and looks like she's been attacked by a plastics factory. YUCK...
bulletThose kids definitely need lives! I mean, drooling over a 28.8K modem? Please!!

Overall: not that great. One bright spot: Penn Jillette (of "Penn & Teller" fame) makes an apperance in this film as a computer security officer.

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