|Formats:||PG DVD, 12 Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Ally Sheedy, John Wood, Barry Corbin, Dabney Coleman, Matthew Broderick, Matthew Broderick|
|Collections:||100 Big Adventures|
|Run time:||1 hour 48 minutes|
|Rental release:||08 Mar 2013|
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A classic film that stands the test of timeBy Rick Bruce from Glasgow, Scotland , 10 Sep 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]I thought about renting this title as I remembered it from my childhood. So when the DVD arrived I expected to cringe at the scripting and acting but it was great!
The computer hacker terms which meant nothing to me a kid were factual and having someone talking about hackers penetrating a firewall back in the early 80's is pretty impressive stuff.
Well worth a rental!
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Still greatBy TechnoHippy (103 reviews) , 15 Jun 2013As a kid I loved this film and it was fantastic to watch this again after so many years. In some ways it hasn't aged well, but this merely adds to its nostalgic effect. It's very much a product of its time. The fear of nuclear war (I may have to watch Threads again!), the fear of computers and the wacky fashion of the eighties. As with every film since then it gets hacking completely wrong, but that doesn't matter so much. The film isn't so much about the kid as a hacker. It's about him getting the girl and teaching the computer that sometimes the only way to win is... I won't spoil it for you :-) Suffice to say this was a great film thirty odd years ago and it's still a great film now.
SHALL WE PLAY A GAME?By MAVERICK (70 reviews) from Knottingley , 05 Jan 201330 years, has it been that long? Nothing dates a film quite like a starring role for cutting edge computing technology. By all rights WarGames should be feeling its age. What keeps it remarkably fresh is an unpatronising approach to what is ostensibly a family friendly thriller, and a set of ideas that rightly presses all the right buttons. Three years before Ferris Bueller's Day Off, John Badham's film stars Matthew Broderick as a high school loner who hacks into the system to change his grades. Except he doesn't stop there, hacking into what he thinks is a videogames company, hoping to try out their latest titles. What he actually finds is a top secret military simulator, which feeds into a missile launch system and becomes real. While the audience is busy processing the moral issues, the drama is kept taut with a series of flashpoints that do justice to the weight of overhanging nuclear disaster. There's still plenty of time for Broderick to dash around with co star Ally Sheedy and look adorably mischievous, and therein lies the secret to the film's lasting success, an easy ability to combine teen adventure with meaningful commentary, finished off with a powerful metaphor that's simple enough for a machine to understand. Wargames is a rare thing, as back in the 80's when we lived on a knife edge with both sides having fingers poised on the button it was brave enough and smart enough to be a family movie that has not afraid the scare the hell out of the families. I loved this film as a teenager and recently my fifteen year old daughter has watched it and although the equipment has dated and there is probably more power in her mobile phone than used in the computers in the film she too was thrilled by it's energy and also fascinated by the nuclear shadow we once lived under. As a parent in today's times the 80's did seem so much more safer back then, as at least then we knew who our enemies were. See if you like..... Tron. H. A. L. Project X. Red Dawn. By Dawns Early Light. Threads. Short Circuit. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Kids' GamesBy insomniac (93 reviews) from Malvern , 30 Jun 2012I hadn't realised this was such an old film, and it felt very dated. I also hadn't realised it was aimed at kids, and so don't feel justified in criticising it too much. Entertaining but that's all. Watch Dr Strangelove instead.
War GamesBy a customer from Birmingham , 02 Mar 2010Thoroughly entertaining will watch it over and over again
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Still goodBy a customer from Edinburgh , 26 May 2009This is still a good movie despite its age, and despite the hopelessly out of date computer technology depicted in it. I still felt panicky at the end, which is what a thriller-type movie is supposed to do. Of course, it plays on the Cold War paranoias, so it is definitely a product of its time, but worth watching anyway.