One of the biggest problems with movies that feature tech geek culture is how poorly it resonates with geeks, because they usually get it all wrong.
Hackers, I’m convinced, knew it was wrong from the start and set out to deliberately create something that would portray the geek stereotype that non-geeks expect (ie, lots of words, TLAs, and specs they don’t understand) while being so fantastically outside of reality that they crossed the line twice and made a geek farce. And geeks freaking love farces.
I don’t know what I loved to wince at more: the over the top MOFOS (MOvie Fake Operating System), the painfully overwrought “handles” everyone had (ZeroCool – tee hee), the scene where they all hover over what it obviously a Mac PowerBook and talk about it having the new Pentium processor, or the idea that any high school anywhere actually has a sprinkler system with a nice GUI control system. Combine that with Angelina Jolie’s boyish good looks and Jonny Lee Miller’s girlish figure, and they’ve got a cult classic.
Techie’s assessment: The Dick Clark of movies, won’t truly show it’s age until it’s 135. Go watch or conjure your own memories of this classic and tell me if you think I’m wrong.
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