Hacker movies are a beloved subset of geek cinema. They’re often embarrassing, with absurd references to modems, people wrestling over floppies, and lots of fake screen interfaces. Melting icons. That sort of thing. But which is the best of all?
Is it Sandra Bullock, the strong, fierce, pizza-ordering shut-in-turned-heroine from The Net?
Is it the goofy hackers of Hackers, assaulting the Gibson?
Is it WarGames, with its messages of peace?
Is it Johnny Mnemonic, with an IMDB summary so horrific, it might deserve to win?
A data courier, carrying a data package literally inside his head too large to hold for long, must deliver it before he dies from it.
What about Virtuosity, the Denzel Washington version of Johnny Mnemonic?
The Matrix is technically a hacking movie, right?
As Is Short Circuit?
Does Sneakers sneak in?
Independence Day is jingoistic, but do aliens susceptible to a Mac count?
Does the Lawnmower Man count as hacking, or just VR?
Does Ghost In The Shell hack its way in?
What about Tron, or for that matter the sequel?
Die Hard 4 is all about hacking… and a not so gracefully ageing Bruce Willis.
Pirates Of Silicon Valley delves into hacking history nicely…
2001 features crazed computers that must be shut down — that’s hacking, isn’t it?
Will we always be together, forever in Electric Dreams?
Surely we’re missing some. Cast your vote and decide, but don’t ironically hack the poll.