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The Hilarious Non-Prophecy of Angelina Jolie's 'Hackers,' 20 Years Later

The Hilarious Non-Prophecy of Angelina Jolie’s ‘Hackers,’ 20 Years Later

USA’s Mr. Robot is being heralded for its psychologically authentic depiction of being a hacker but it follows a long line of television shows and movies that didn’t just fail to accurately anticipate the future of technology: they tended to get everything hilariously, wildly, egregiously and entertainingly wrong. In that respect, few explorations of hackers and hacking culture got things quite as exquisitely backwards as Hackers, which is celebrating its twentieth anniversary with a deluxe Blu-Ray release from the nostalgia specialists over at Shout Factory. The people behind Hackers, God bless them, imagined that they could make the act of staring at a computer screen and pushing buttons exquisitely cinematic. They similarly imagined that they could transform computer nerds into sexy outlaws. Some films are revered for their prescience, for their Nostradamus-like intuition about the direction the future would be headed. Hackers is notable for its remarkable lack of…

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