To be 100% real, this isn't exactly good. But depending on when (and how dweebily) you grew up, it can be a nostalgic hoot even if you see it for the first time in 2017. A celebration of dated technology, ridiculous outfits, weird visualizations for coding, and the many uses of rollerblades...it's enough to make you forget that nowadays, at least half the characters would be posting Pepe memes or doxxing journalists.
Badly-dated and ridiculous to anyone who's ever even turned on a computer, Hackers can easily be dismissed as a part of one's past they'd prefer to keep in a cardboard box in their attic. Since I never saw it until recently I just prefer to think of Hackers as goofy camp and proof that Angelina Jolie makes a better Romulan than a reptile.
a bunch of queers hack the planet, foiled only by their heterosexual programming. a beautiful mess, amazingly inaccurate but gorgeously shot with a masterfully curated soundtrack. oh, and bear with me? lillard's character, in 2015, would absolutely be a cybergoth trans woman.
This is a 90s movie through and through; not overly intelligent by any means. It can barely back up its own techno babble and the plot is predictable. I know that sounds as if I don't like it, but I do. Would I go back and watch it again anytime soon? Probably not. Was it good during the time of its release as a popcorn movie? Sure. Plus it has Angelina Jolie during the height of her youth-in-rebellion stage.
Given the release date and genre you'd almost think my nostalgia could cover for any flaws but it's just so bad, so dated, so... did I say bad already? Also, back in the day I thought Jolie was gorgeous in this flick but now? Eh... kinda looks like Enrico Colantoni in Galaxy Quest.