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Wargames [Blu-ray]  [US Import]
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Cute but silly, this 1983 cautionary fantasy stars Matthew Broderick as a teenage computer genius who hacks into the Pentagon's defence system and sets World War III into motion. All the fun is in the film's set-up, as Broderick befriends Ally Sheedy and starts the international crisis by pretending while online to be the Soviet Union. After that, it's not hard to predict what's going to happen: government agents swoop in, but the story ends up in the "hands" of machines talking to one another. Thus we're stuck with flashing lights, etc. John Badham (Saturday Night Fever) directs in strict potboiler mode. Children still like this movie, though. --Tom Keogh, Amazon.com --This text refers to the DVD edition.
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"After that, it's not hard to predict what's going to happen: government agents swoop in, but the story ends up in the "hands" of machines talking to one another. Thus we're stuck with flashing lights, etc."
You have to remember this film was brought out during the cold war and the era of the ZX Spectrum. Square blobs on a screen were impressive enough, but the idea of playing out multi-screen global nuclear war was enough to blow any 13 year old's mind at the time. This was combined with the fact that the computer software in question was named after the programmer's dead son and played the same kind of games, tic-tac-toe, that a child would. So, the final scene is not just about flashing lights, it's about a father teaching his son about life and the futility of war - and in so doing teaching every adult present in the US Army bunker the same lesson. This amounts to a very tense and touching finale.
Yours Kevin Burke from Glasgow Scotland UK
Listening to the excellent commentary even answered one of my old minor objections to the movie: you see I was then (and still am) a computer programmer. I could see that most of his equipment was years obsolete even when the movie came out, but the commentary pointed out that this was deliberate, after all this was a schoolkid - no income, so all his kit was hand-me-downs that others were throwing away.
My personal standard for a 5 star movie is, will I still want to be watching this in a few decades time? Since this movie has already met that test the score must be automatic! So 5 stars it is.
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Despite showing its age this 1983 Cold War thriller is a remarkably prescient and entertaining movie which uncompromisingly presents the ultimate problem when politicians and the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Call me Al
Computers have changed, but this is still a delightful film about a clever lad who inadvertently hacks into the defence system of the USA!Published 2 months ago by Mrs. S. I. M. Hodge
The boy says: "Is this a game or is it real?"
And the computer replies:
"What's the difference?"
one of my best movie from the 80s and there are louds excllent film and great value for money simonPublished 3 months ago by simon john burgess
A guy with an early computer modem is able to make contact with the government computer that controls the Nuke launch system. Read morePublished 5 months ago by ellison