A “WarGames” remake is coming as Hollywood continues to retread as many popular 80s films as they can. The original film stars Matthew Broderick and Ally Sheedy. The story is a Cold War-era movie about a new system put into effect where a computer will determine when to launch a nuclear attack instead of humans. When a young hacker (Broderick) hacks into the military system, believing it to be a computer game, and sets up a fake attack that the U.S. government believes is a real attack and puts the country on the brink of World War III.
With the “WarGames” remake coming, here is a look at similar movies from the same era that involved computer geeks and their misadventures.
“WarGames” won’t be the first hacker movie to get a modern day re-telling, although in the case of “Tron,” it was a long gestating sequel to the original movie with the original character’s son looking for his dad. “Tron” stars Jeff Bridges as a computer programmer, hacker and game designer who breaks into a programming firm he used to work for and ends up transported into a virtual reality world where he faces off with a number of other computer programs and the computer AI that tries to stop him from finding the truth and escaping.
A movie that is very similar to the story from “WarGames” is “Hackers,” which came out in 1995. In this movie, a group of high school hackers are always trying to one-up each other. When Dade (Johnny Lee Miller) hacks into a corporation’s computer system to dump some garbage files there, a hacker who has been embezzling money from the company alerts the Secret Service and tells them that a group of hackers are trying to upload a major virus into the Internet. The high school hackers, including a very young Angelina Jolie, set out to clear their names.
While not so much about hacking, “Weird Science” is a John Hughes film about two computer geeks (Anthony Michael Hall and Iian Mitchell-Smith) who decide to create a perfect woman through a computer program, similar to the “Frankenstein” story. The science experiment works and the newly created Lisa helps the two computer nerds finally turn their lives around and come out of their shells. “Weird Science” is also rumored to be heading back to the big screen with a remake.