Fun time capsule as we see primitive computers, Atari video games and Matthew Broderick with a stupid haircut. First scene is a small nail-biting thriller on it's own as two soldiers are forced to launch a nuclear missile. Playing Tic Tac Toe solve any nuclear problem though. Hard to take serious, but fun all the way.
Matthew Broderick is a "high tech obsessed" kid from the 1980s, who starts hacking some computers: the one from school, to change a negative evaluation; a travel agency, to buy tickets without having to take a penny from his pocket ... and, by accident, the computer system of a military center! With small gestures he can from now on bring major changes in various computer systems, and thanks to this, some less...
Enjoyable, if dated. At the very least, kudos must be given for broaching both the subjects of nuclear conflict and the dawn of the computer age in one film. Don't expect anything life changing, just enjoy its 80s-ness and its happy, fun way of dealing with a serious topic.
It 15 minutes to get to finally get to the protagonist, boring me to death. Rest of the story in the beginning felt slow-paced but as it got closer to the 1 hour mark, the story FINALLY got started but events were too rushed and I ended up thinking the movie was decent for the DIY escape tricks.
Despite a dated primary theme (ethical implications of the Cold War) and quantum leaps in technology, it holds up surprisingly well - even without the aid of nostalgia. This is mainly achieved due to the charisma of the main players, and the outstanding chemistry between Broderick and Sheedy (it must be noted that she blows essentially everyone offscreen - even at 16 she's more natural than the rest of the cast)
A very fun film, extremely well acted and directed, just dont expect anything close to realism in it. In 1984, when few of us had computers, it didnt seem so ridiculous of an idea, but now when you watch him turn off his PC and it causes the screens in the War Room to shut down too, its impossible not to laugh derisively. Still, the film is so entertaining that it's just about impossible to hate it.