Wargames

Wargames

DVD - 2008
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Young computer genius David Lightman breaks into the Defense Department's war computer, but what he thinks is a game just may start World War III.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, Calif. : Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, [2008]
Edition: 25th anniversary ed
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC W
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,Region 1,rda
NTSC,rda
digital,optical,stereo,rda
digital,optical,surround,Dolby Digital,rda
1 videodisc (approximately 113 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: War games

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JStuart23
Oct 11, 2017

A very good movie coming out of the 80's! About a good hour and a half of an under achiever hacking a government supercomputer with incompetent government employees scrambling to fix the issue of world annihilation.

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Nursebob
Sep 26, 2016

So this is the teen fantasy romp that inspired a generation of hackers and moved the American congress to revamp the “Computer Fraud and Abuse Act” of 1984? Hard to believe given it’s inane script whose schlocky “What If?” scenario relies more on audience gullibility and flashy sets than actual tension. Accompanied by an overdone Indiana Jones style musical score director John Badham has his geeky protagonist pull a few too many rabbits out of his slacker butt to allow for much suspension of disbelief—he escapes from the most highly locked-down site in North America using nothing but a pair of forceps and a tape recorder for one—and then he tries to turn an already overwrought finale into some sort of moral proclamation as man and machine realize that atomic warfare is just plain bad. Broderick and Sheedy’s characters are neither convincing nor particularly likeable and the rest of the crew look like they just stepped out of a television sitcom. With neither the cynical wit of "Dr. Strangelove" nor the fatalistic horror of "Colossus: The Forbin Project" this is little more than a dummied down adolescent thriller aimed directly at the 80’s bubblegum crowd. To its credit though it did herald the rising power of home computers and it made me smile to watch Broderick shuffling 8-inch floppies as if they were the pinnacle of technology (which they were….alas!).

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Reading_Right
Dec 15, 2015

LOL!!
It just doesn't get any stupider than this. LOL

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rslade
Sep 01, 2014

The tech is now way outdated, but somehow there is still a core of th story that works. See it with "Dr. Strangelove." "Strange game. The only winning move is, not to play."

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StarGladiator
Jan 11, 2014

A classic both in the anti-nuke/war sense, and the hacker genre. An insanely great film, with a great start and colossal ending.

aaa5756 Sep 05, 2012

Very well done movie. A pleasure to watch. I would recommend this movie for all to see. No fast forwarding on this one. A++ DVD

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EowynThandawen
Jun 23, 2012

Very good movie. Not only funny but in parts suspenseful. Great story line. I highly recommend this movie!

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RonNasty64
Mar 05, 2010

Ferris Beuller Hacks The Feds. Enjoyable story, just look they other way when they talk computerese.

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laustcawz Mar 16, 2013

Falken: "Did you ever play 'tic-tac-toe'?" Jennifer: "Yeah, of course." Falken: "...but you don't anymore." Jennifer: "No." Falken: "Why?" Jennifer: "It's a boring game. It's always a tie." Falken: "Exactly! There's no way to win. The game itself is pointless."

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EowynThandawen
Sep 28, 2012

David; Protovision, I have you now.

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EowynThandawen
Sep 27, 2012

Joshua; Greetings Professor Falken.
Falken; Hello, Joshua.
Joshua; A strange game. Only winning move is not to play. How about a nice game of chess?

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EowynThandawen
Sep 27, 2012

David; Is this a game or is it real?
Joshua; What is the difference?

laustcawz Jul 23, 2012

Actually, that's "You are listening to a machine. Do the world a favor...".

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EowynThandawen
Jul 17, 2012

Falken; You're thinking like a machine! Do the World a favor and don't act like one.

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EowynThandawen
Jul 07, 2012

Jennifer; You can go to jail for this.
David; Only if you're over eighteen!

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