June 19th, 2005


: H/A/C/K/E/R/S :

XXX A.S., Starring Jonny Lee Miller, Angelina Jolie, Jesse Bradford, Matthew Lillard, Penn Jillette: Directed by Iain Softley.

"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." - "The Hackers' Manifesto."

An amusing film about a clique of hackers who are framed by an evil mastermind by the name of 'The Plague', who releases "The DaVinci Virus" into an oil company's computerized infrastructure in an effort to be rid of these cyber pests who tread too close into his territory. The virus infects a world-wide satellite network threatening to shut down and otherwise destroy a fleet of company ships, which would cause a geological disaster.

Angelina Jolie plays a spokian "Kate Libby" AKA "Acid Burn", who meets her match in "Dade Murphy" AKA "Zero Cool/Crash Override", a legendary figure in the cyber-underground whose per-pubescent hacking expertise laid waste several company's systems, gone incognito because of a court order; and eventually meets up with the local teenage computer wizzes, who all then embark on a quest to defeat The Plague. but meet with failure at every attempt. Interestingly, parallels can be drawn with The Empire and The Rebel Forces from the Star Wars saga.

The film does contain some quotable gems such as:

The Plague: "There are worse things than death, and I can do all of them."; "There is no right and wrong. There's only fun and boring."

Dade Murphy: "Mess with the best, die like the rest."

Among others. Obviously, to make the film more herd-friendly, much artistic license was taken with the graphics contained herein, depicting data transfer as artful electronic vistas reminiscent of Tron.

So the oppressive forces of censorship mobilize against the hackers until the final showdown with the aid of hackers across the globe versus the black-clad Plague. Of note, a couple of quick scenes involving some of the characters' 'bare assets". ∞

Rating: 3/5.