Shock-O-Rama: Hackers - The Sounds of Cyberpunk Comments - Mania.com



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Whiskeymovie 8/7/2013 8:29:27 AM

 Like I was saying on Facebook, this movie cause me to go out and buy a $500 DVD player in '98, just so I could own this movie (Hackers was not out on VHS). This is one of my all time favorites. Plus, the soundtrack, actually all three f them, are awesome. I credit the Hackers soundtracks for my mid-90's "Rave" phase. Candy Flipping at the Tunnel in NYC at 4:30 in the morning was a part of life. Good times. Thanks for the good memories Hackers....

 

redhairs99 8/7/2013 9:29:29 AM

Such a damned fun movie.  Sure all the hyper-futuristic (the 90's) the hacking special effects were not a reality, but it added to the experience of the movie.  It made hacking cool.  

Chuck, you are dead on with the ensemble of the cast.  Johnny Lee Miller, Fisher Stevens, Angelina Jolie and Matthew Lillard were fantastic in the movie and hit just the right notes for each of there characters.  Lest we forget Jolie's boobies.  Even outside of the main 4, we had great supporting actors like Renoly Santiago from Dangerous Minds and Laurence Mason (Tin Tin in The Crow) playing the Obi-wan of Hackers, Nikon. Oh and the sexy, Lorraine Bracco in all her pre-Sopranos glory.

The soundtrack was fantastic and fit the movie perfectly.  That said from someone who's not generally a fan of techno.  I like it here and there, but this film was built to put bands like Prodigy out there and thrive in their element.  I didn't know about the sequel soundtracks until now.  But to this day, whenever I hear Prodigy and bands of that ilk, I immediately think of Hackers and I smile.

Everything melded together to make this hyper-realistic world that (as you say Chuck) never actually existed, but dude it would've been cool if it had.  It was in that infantancy of the world wide web where anything was possibly on even a 15kbps dial-up modem.  I liken the look of the hacking computer imagery to the look Spielberg used in Jurassic Park.  We all know it doesn't look like that, but we wished it did.

I'm trying to recall exactly, but I don't believe my 15 year old self even had access to the internet in 1995 when this movie was released.  If so, I hadn't had it very long.

You can see the cyberpunk influences from Gibson on the main cast of kid hackers for sure even if it's taken out of the future where cyberpunk is generally seen.  Maybe you can look at it as the very beginnings of what would become Gibson's Neuromancer world.

Looking back there's just so much that make this movie funny, entertaining and just a darn cool flick.  Or maybe it was just Angelina's boobies. ;)

 

MartinMcFriend 8/7/2013 3:27:50 PM

This column rules. As much as I love new and upcoming films, you can't judge true quality until a little time has passed. You have to allow the flavors of the minute to subside and perish from your mind the success or failure at the box office. Only when you have watched a flick, low budget or otherwise, that is completely out of any conceivable spotlight can you make a fair, pure assessment of its artistic value. And using that spectrum, there is a huge world out there of classic films. Hackers was a pretty strong film. It's more ridiculous qualities aside, it captured a distinct cyberpunk vibe that few other films have before or since.

 

Btw, the scream stream idea is great.

SinisterPryde 8/8/2013 12:05:34 AM

I also thought there was a sequel to Hackers when I bought the second soundtrack and was disappointed to find that wasn't the case.  Still, looking back, a sequel might have gone to the same territory as, say, Lawnmower Man 2 (and nobody wants that).

To this day I still can't believe cyberpunk is still a nich genre not often touched in cinema.

jrok78 8/8/2013 6:13:26 AM

Nice work, Chuck....great point about cyberpunk. I guess you can include the Matrix, Johnny Mnemonic, Strange Days and Blade Runner in that genre. But I don't know if it has received its fair attention in film recently.

CyanideRush 8/8/2013 6:25:04 AM

 Thanks everyone- as you can tell I had quite a bit to say on the subject. There's also a laundry list of topics I'd planned to include but cut for length- many of the things Redhairs brought up are on that list. 

I'm a very big fan of Cyberpunk and Steampunk, but both seem trapped in books (and sometimes video games), and haven't made a fully successful leap to the cinema. Speaking of: Is anyone else playing the newly release Shadowrun Returns for PC? Amazing throw back to the 1990's SNES Shadowrun game. 

-Chuck

redhairs99 8/8/2013 7:23:18 AM

Speaking of Gibson and Cyberpunk, here's a cool little quote from the man himself regarding seeing Blade Runner:

"BLADERUNNER came out while I was still writing Neuromancer. I was about a third of the way into the manuscript. When I saw (the first twenty minutes of) BLADERUNNER, I figured my unfinished first novel was sunk, done for. Everyone would assume I’d copped my visual texture from this astonishingly fine-looking film."

 

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