Along with his new friends, a teenager who was arrested by the US Secret Service and banned from using a computer for writing a computer virus discovers a plot by a nefarious hacker, but they must use their computer skills to find the evidence while being pursued by the Secret Service and the evil computer genius behind the virus.
What it lacks in substance and plausibility it makes up in inventive imagery and deft shadings of a world of scheming cyberpunks.
What s uncovered beneath the flashy skin is an old-fashioned, film-by-numbers thriller.
The movie is well directed, written and acted, and while it is no doubt true that in real life no hacker could do what the characters in this movie do, it is no doubt equally true that what hackers can do would not make a very entertaining movie.
Tirelessly modish, hyper-glossy, super-superficial. It s also cacophonous. And, for all of its drum-beating for brain power, dumb.
To its credit, Hackers recalls the pumped-up energy of Pump Up the Volume, as well as its casting prowess.
How do you make typing look exciting?
It gives you more insight into the minds of Hollywood hacks than of computer hackers.
Though this scheme involves loads of important data, it manages to sound dopey all the same.
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.
There is a great deal more style than substance here.