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Blurring the line between heightened reality and hi-tech fantasy, this presents the virtual world that hackers imagine, rather than the one they inhabit. Busted seven years earlier for causing computer chaos on Wall Street, the legendary 'Zero Cool' (Miller) is now 18 and hooked up with a wacky, multi-ethnic gang of hackers and phone phreaks. While Zero and spiky femme 'Acid Burn' (Jolie) channel their sexual attraction into competing for the top hacker slot, 'Cereal Killer', 'Phantom Freak' and 'Crash Override' define their place in the rebel tribe by pulling harmless on-line stunts. But things get serious when the Secret Service cracks down and 'The Plague' (Stevens), hacker turned security expert, sets them up to take the fall for his internal scam, siphoning millions of dollars from the mega-corporation that employs him to keep them out. Directed with verve, and driven forward by a wrap-around electronic score, this brilliantly captures the energy and insolence of virtual teen rebellion. The sappy ending's hard to take, but the on-line showdown between The Plague, the Secret Service and the united worldwide community of hackers is nail-biting.

By: NF

Release details

Duration: 105 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Iain Softley
Screenwriter: Rafael Moreau
Cast: Fisher Stevens
Jonny Lee Miller
Angelina Jolie
Jesse Bradford
Matthew Lillard
Laurence Mason
Renoly Santiago

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Considering it is the 20th anniversary of this cult classic-- I figure it's time for a review. 

This movie is like marmite-- you love it or you hate it. The interesting aspect is how this once 'far fetched' film now resonates in society today, with hacktivism and corporate cyber espionage splashing on the front page of news sites on an almost daily basis. 

Sure there are some cheesy lines, but at its core this is an American teenage love story (with TRIPLE THE RAM) so its all good. It's also one of Angelina Jolie's first major films-- you've come a long way baby!

If you want to really sample this film, the Prince Charles Cinema is having a showing of the film this Sunday (20th September) and includes a Q&A with the director!