“I’m in!” and “Hack into the back door” are some key phrases needed in any computer movie, and where would we be without those computer geniuses at age 16? Without them, we wouldn’t be able to hack into the Pentagon, create a model AI beauty nor see the truth in the matrix. Here is a list of our favorite computer movies:
5. The Matrix-1999
An obvious one, we know, but for good reason! This movie was released on the cusp of the millennium, making the fear of Y2K and the takeover of the machines even more likely. And while some will argue Keanu Reeves’s best role was in ‘Bill & Ted’s Most Excellent Adventure,” he did pretty well in this, too. The film itself is revolutionary with the life-like CGI and crazy philosophical ideals and definitely deserves a spot on the list.
4. Minority Report-2002
This Tom Cruise classic has some awesome, futuristic technology that isn’t very far into the future. There’s AR and VR, recognition software and good detective work! The precogs would be good to have this decade, especially for Cruise to know he’d leave Scientology, if the tabloid minority reports are true.
Maybe one of the best female computer programmers in a movie predating Trinity (who kind of cheated in achieving her Master Hacker status, but that’s a whole other story). Sandra Bullock plays Angela Bennett, a programmer who gets caught up in a high-stake, fast-paced espionage heist. Cases of mistaken and stolen identity and floppy disks make you sit on the edge of your seat with anticipation and worry; can Bennett solve the mystery? Will she still be mistaken for a criminal? Who are Praetorians? And you have to love the movie’s tagline: “This summer, Sandra Bullock is caught… in the Net!”
So deliciously 80s, this movie brought us the thrills and dangers of computer-ing; it was early enough that people didn’t know what firewalls were, but at a time where hacking your GPA had been established aspiration of many teenage computer owners. Ally Sheedy plays an impressed Jennifer who is eager to watch computer boy-genius David (Matthew Broderick) play a modern Risk-like game that is actual thermonuclear warfare. Who wouldn’t want to get caught up in governing bodies and their vast array of nukes?
1. Weird Science-1985
This sexist version of the Frankenstein story is every nerdy high school boy’s dream come true. Gary Wallace (Anthony Michael Hall) and Wyatt Donnelly (Ilan Mitchell-Smith) make their dream lady (including a C-cup, Einstein’s brain and Houdini’s magical powers) from Wyatt’s computer by hacking into the city’s power grid for an extra surge of electricity (which is totally thing). Lisa is created, much like Frankenstein’s monster, and learn that having the perfect woman or best party doesn’t make them popular, but their personalities do, and shouldn’t that be the message for all these computer movies?