Thursday, February 4, 2010

1990s Movie Hackers

Interestingly the 1990s feature the most hacker movies so far, twenty in total. Significant entries include; The Matrix (1999) with Keanu Reeves as Thomas Anderson aka “Neo” who discovers the true nature of reality, Sneakers (1992) with Robert Redford as Martin Brice a hacker who has been on the run from the government since 1969, and Jurassic Park (1993) which features lead computer programmer Dennis Nedry (Wayne Knight) undertaking an insider attack on the InGen security system. A co-star in Jurrasic Park, Jeff Goldblum went on to star as David Levinson in Independence Day (1996), who hacks into an alien computer system using an Apple Macintosh Powerbook. The dangers of computers being used to steal someone’s identity are examined in several movies in this decade including; The Net (1995), Twilight Man (1996), and Enemy of the State (1998). Finally, a movie that seems to have strong resonances in the hacker community is Hackers (1995) featuring Jonny Lee Miller and Angelina Jolie as Dade Murphy and Kate Libby, two teen hackers who must defeat a computer virus written by an evil genius.

Sneakers Martin Brice & Cosmo
The Lawnmower Man Jobe Smith
Jurassic Park Dennis Nedry
Goldeneye Boris Grishenko
Johnny Mnemonic J-Bone
The Net Angela Bennett
Hackers Dade Murphy & Kate Libby
Mission: Impossible Luther Stickell
Twilight Man Hollis Deitz
Independence Day David Levinson
Speed 2 John Geiger
Masterminds Oswald Paxton
Enemy of the State Edward Lyle
eXistenZ Allegra Geller
The Thirteenth Floor Douglas Hall
Office Space Michael Bolton & Samir Nagheenanajar
Netforce Will Stiles
23 Karl Koch & David
The Matrix Thomas Anderson & Trinity & Morpheus
Pirates of Silicon Valley Steve Jobs & Steve Wozniak & John Draper

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