Jonny Lee Miller,
Peter Y. Kim,
PG-13 for some sexuality, brief strong language
A renegade group of elite computer hackers zip through New York City on their rollerblades by day and ride the information highway by night. When one of their laptop invasions makes them the prime suspects in a high-stakes industrial conspiracy, they recruit the best of the cybernet underground to help clear their names.
As a depiction of the computer-hacker underground, this movie is bogus to the bone. As a thriller, it's cartoonish and conventional. The premise (computer-happy kids hack into the wrong system, and the Forces of Repression come after them) is recycled from John Badham's 1983 WarGames. And the corporate-creep bad guy, played by Fisher Stevens, steeples his fingers and growls mossy villainous cliches. ("By the time they realize the truth, we'll be long gone with all the money." For all its postmodern trappings the movie is working with sub-prehistoric storytelling tools. But it does succeed on one level, as a movie about adolescent bonding and alienation. The director, Iain Softley, helmed the Beatles-in-Hamburg biopic Backbeat, and he seems to have an instinct for the emotions that pull kids together around common interests and the insecurities that drive them apart. The familiar crises of loyalty and betrayal have an ache of real loneliness. It doesn't hurt that the two stars, Jonny Lee Miller (Sick Boy Williamson in Trainspotting) and Angelina Jolie (Gia), are just about equally gorgeous and charismatic; their longing glances steam up the screen. -- David Chute
Tsutomu Shimomura (book)
John Markoff (book) ...
Skeet Ulrich ... Kevin Mitnick
Russell Wong ... Tsutomu Shimomura
Angela Featherstone ... Julia
Donal Logue ... Alex Lowe
Christopher McDonald ... Mitch Gibson
Master P ... Brad
Tom Berenger ... McCoy Rollins
Jeremy Sisto ... Lance Petersen
Amanda Peet ... Karen
Ethan Suplee ... Dan Brodley
Dorit Sauer ... Shelley
Mark Joy ... Committee Chairman
Scott Cooper ... Mark Seiden
Ned Bellamy ... Tom Piori
Sarah Melson ... Rachel
Thriller / Action
The world has a right to know.
This film is based on the story of the capture of computer hacker "Kevin Mitnick".
Kevin Mitnick is quite possibly the best hacker in the world.
Hunting for more and more information, seeking more and more cybertrophies every day, he constantly looks for bigger challenges. When he breaks into the computer of a security expert and an ex-hacker, he finds one - and much more than that...
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To be honest I watched this film purely for the fact that I am very interested in Hacker Culture/History.. and to my dismay, this film is far from the truth. However it does have its good sides.. it's portrayal of hacking itself and of people with an over-enthusiastic interest in computing for one. Where other hacker-orientated Hollywood movies show flashy tron-like graphics to depict gaining root on a system, Takedown shows you how it is. And the other good thing about this movie is just that... its a movie. If you ignore the fact that the majority of its plot is based on biased views from people who either disliked Kevin, or never even knew him, it's watchable. It contains all the aspects of a Hollywood movie that grab the viewer.. an original topic, a fast moving storyline, a so-called criminal that you really feel sorry for, an unjust American legal system, and a so-called victim who is just as bad as the depicted criminal. If you can easily switch off, this film is for you, but if you care about freedom of information, moral values and the fact that everyone has the right to a fair trial... go watch Freedom Downtime.