The fate of the world lies in the keystrokes of a mal-adjusted genius. Fighting against the system, getting the voice of the people out and making the world safe! That’s the image of the hacker according to Hollywood. Scripts sprinkled with jargon, giant screens filled with streaming code and a pasty-faced nerd sitting in front of the machine – that’s the role of a hacker. But is it really true? Are there any good hacking films out there? And what about the bad ones? Lets take a look, shall we?
3 Best Hacking depictions in Movies:
Starring Robert Redford, Sydney Poitier, Dan Aykroyd and James Earl Jones, Sneakers gave us a lighthearted comedic and action filled movie about hacking. The funny part is that the movie predicted exactly what the NSA and other agencies are doing right now.
Jonny Lee Miller and Angelina Jolie star in this fun film about hackers. We got to see the stories and lives of this shadowy world. We also got some amazing lines from the movie. Since its release, it has become a cult classic. A quote for you: “This is our world now. The world of the electron and the switch; the beauty of the baud. We exist without nationality, skin color, or religious bias. You wage wars, murder, cheat, lie to us and try to make us believe it’s for our own good, yet we’re the criminals. Yes, I am a criminal. My crime is that of curiosity. I am a hacker, and this is my manifesto.”
3. Die Hard 4.0: Live free or Die Hard:
Alright it might not have all the right elements of a hacker movie, but it showed us that the biggest threat to our survival is the reliance we keep in on our system. Bruce Willis came back and as John Mcclane, he killed a helicopter with a car. The movie was a fun watch and gave us a chance to say “yippee-ka-yay… mother [beep]”
3 Worst Hacking depictions in Movies:
Don’t get me wrong, Swordfish has all the elements a good action film. You have John Travolta, Halle Berry and Hugh Jackman in the star cast. We also have Vinnie Jones being his usual menacing self. The downside of the film is the reliance on jargon, the whole ‘512’ bit encryption and it takes ‘2 minutes’ to crack the “DOD”. Followed by flailing at the keyboard. That isn’t hacking, that’s ventriloquism with computers.
2. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off:
This amazing film is in this category because of the ease of hacking it depicted. We all dreamed that we could do what Ferris does in the film. But we can’t, not any more. Closed systems and secure networks have doomed us to be at the mercy of cranky principals.
3. The Italian Job:
Not the Michael Caine epic. The new, bad one. In the film, we have a hacker who seems to crack DOT (Department Of Transport) system over what seems to be a cellular network. At the time (2003), super fast cell networks didn’t exist, nor did high speed Wi-Fi in airports. But hey, at a push of a button, voila, instant traffic jam combined with video looping by remote.
That’s the list of 3 best and 3 worst hacking films out there. Which are your most-loved and most-hated hacker films? Let us know in the comments below.