I was saddened that this movie had such a low rating. I've watched it many, many times over the years, and it continues to entertain. It is, perhaps, the last good "hacker" film well, 23 1998 also comes to mind, but that isn't widely available in English .The math is believable Janek's lecture makes sense , as is the technology except for the Hollywood-ish decryption displays -- but that's forgivable . The characters are among the most realistic in any of these movies with the exception of Joey the lamer in Hackers 1995 -- most accurate character in a hacking <more>
movie I've seen yet . They're each composites of well-known people from the 80s security scene. The techniques they use are the techniques of the business, especially in that era.Now that computers have become such a big thing, I don't think it would be possible for Hollywood to produce another movie like this. Anything made now would have to be far more glamorous and unrealistic.What's this movie got, if you don't care about any of that stuff? It's tremendously funny, cleverly written every scene works overtime to say and do more than one thing , and beautifully shot and scored. The opening scene and transition is wonderful The acting is priceless. I've never met someone who didn't love this film. See it.
An endlessly watchable movie. 10/10 (by Tim Gomersall)
This film is the one film of the nineties which I can watch again and again without getting bored. That's not to say it's the best, no no no, but there's something about this movie which I just can't get enough of. It's easily the most frequently used tape in my limited video library.Mainly it's the cast; quality names down the length of the list, and each one, from Robert Redford heading the motley crew of good guys Dan Ackroyd and Sidney Poitier especially good to Ben Kingsley as a deliciously cool but insecure villain. They're all clearly having such a good <more>
time as they're making the movie that you can't help but join them; it's infectious.It's also surprisingly timeless. Seven years have passed since this movie came out, which is a long time in the gadget world in which this film is based, but none of their equipment or techniques except a brief glimpse of a now outdated version of Windows but that's REALLY nitpicking seem out of date; it could still be today.And then there's the moments. This is a film based on a whole load of brilliantly memorable moments. When they find out what the mysterious black box actually does, it's truly chilling. All the little tricks of their trade on display are each a delight, from setting off fire alarms to being on the other end of the phone when the fire service is subsequently called. And the ending, in my opinion, is one of the most satisfying, and hilarious, conclusions ever captured on film.In case you hadn't noticed, I love this movie. A great score, a great cast, and a whole lot of fun. Whether you got to these comments because you want to know if this film was worth seeing, or whether a training shoe web-search somehow ended you up here against your will, you really should see this film. It's a hugely entertaining piece of the nineties. And Robert Redford has done nothing better since.
I resent another IMDB user's assumption that anyone who likes this movie has got to have an IQ of 2. What exactly does that mean? I am an intelligent moviegoer and I loved Sneakers. And I know others who are much more intelligent than me and some who I would even guess are certifiable geniuses who also loved this movie.This movie is captivating. As other people have written, Sneakers can be watched over and over again. Its a suspense thriller that doesn't try to blind you with so many special effects that you lose sight of the fact that less than five minutes was used to create and <more>
edit the script ie. Mission Impossible 2 .This is a fun movie for anybody who is a team player. Its very entertaining to see how each member of Redford's team brings an essential element to the task at hand. There are a couple of scenes where some things are far fetched, but nothing outside the rhelm of possibility. There is nothing that makes you groan in disgust, as if say you were watching any scene in a John Woo film. For a movie like this to work it has to be believable, and this is believable.Sneakers is original in its ideas and the characters are very likable. Even the villian possesses qualities that make you like him. Each character is developed enough so that by the end of the movie you want to be a part of the team. Its just that much fun to watch. 10/10
How did this film manage to stay under the radar? (by lydy)
"Sneakers" is a remarkable movie, with an even more remarkable cast. The only truly sour note is the title. It must be an anagram, but the only one I have found that might be relevant is "NSA Reeks" -- which indeed it does in this film.The plot is both simple: steal the magic chip that decodes everything, and make your dreams come true. It is also complex. Everyone wants it, all for different reasons, and some are willing to kill for it. Secrets, lies, and betrayals; trust, truth, and faith. In the end, the loyalties are predictable, and the ending a bit pat, but extremely <more>
satisfactory.The thing that makes this film special is its high geek value. The characters really are like the techies they play, and the science and cryptography are real or extremely plausible. It's so much fun to watch a movie with computers and cryptography in it that doesn't make me grind my teeth and want to throw things at the screen. The motivations of the characters, while a bit off-center, are realistic for people that were in the computer geek community at the time the film was written. Not hackers, and not the professionals they're turning out of college these days. The wild-eyed, in love with the technology guys who can't seem to find the world outside of their monitors. The least believable claim is that the magic box would not be useful in decoding Russian messages and sites. The second most unbelievable scene is Redford posing as a PI investigating the infidelities of the mathematician who invented the decoder. He persuades the mathematician's mistress that her lover has a wife, but that she shouldn't say anything about it because she loves him. Redford's weird change of loyalties in that scene, from his alleged employer to his alleged subject of investigation, have no ring of truth, and I still can't see how the woman, even distraught, could have fallen for it.Taken all for all, the film is a fun techno-thriller with an amazingly good cast and unprecedented technical accuracy.
If you read a plot synopsis, nothing will seriously be ruined for you, but if you just pop in Sneakers and let every scene unfold without any prior knowledge, it'll be an extremely entertaining ride! Without giving too much away, because I'm an advocate of the second type of viewing, Robert Redford is the head of a secret group of hackers, including Sidney Poitier, Dan Aykroyd, David Strathairn, and River Phoenix. Everyone has skeletons in their closet, Robert Redford in particular, so when they're threatened to take on a particular case, they've got no choice but to <more>
accept.The entire team has great comic timing and chemistry together. Robert and Sidney make a few jokes about getting older, but they really don't look much older than their heydays. I'd never seen David Strathairn in a movie before, and he was so convincing in his role as a blind man, I thought Hollywood was starting the career of an actually blind actor. Sneakers is a fantastic movie with a perfect blend of humor, action, suspense, and romance. It's full of quotable lines and memorable scenes. If you don't start laughing the next time you hear someone say "password", you probably need to watch the movie again. Every time I watch it, I get inspired to chop off my locks because of Mary McDonnell's adorable haircut. It's one of the cutest do's ever!
Mostly overlooked and underrated this is a fun and engaging movie about a group of free-lance computer crackers, hackers, conspiracy theorist and others with geek/spy cred from diverse backgrounds, all with secrets and pasts of their own. The fun that ensues when they become ensnared in something much bigger than they opted for is too good to miss.My only slight quibble is that the move borrows one gag wholesale right down to the geese party from the Rock Hudson movie Blindfold without referencing it in any way. One of the characters could have mentioned that movie at an appropriate point. <more>
But don't let that detract from your enjoyment. Too much good fun to miss.
Interesting hacker movie for its time (by Mike-DD)
Given that this came out in 1992, the level of technology in it is amazing. I watched this twice, the latest in 1999, and still am amazed at some of the things they can do with computers. Of course, some hacking techniques are commonplace and outdated now, but it is still engrossing to see these acts in action.Watching it a second time gives you a sense of perspective though. Back then, to think that a chip that can control the world was preposterous, but now, with almost everything microchip-controlled, and the ubiquity of the Internet, that thought is not too farfetched.Talking in movie <more>
terms, this ranks as one of the better ones that center around computers. There is some solid acting, and though there are sub-plots within the main plot, they do not grow so much so as to overwhelm the main storyline, which is basically a group of men hired to find the chip-that-controls-everything.
If we're being honest Sneakers is really built on the bitterness, self-loathing and resentment of Cosmo but not, as the story would suggest, his relationship with Bishop/Brice but his poisonous relationship with himself. Its all very well confronting Redford 20 years on and talking about a promise not to get into trouble but lets be clear about this, Cosmo's imprisonment and subsequent subservience to organised crime is the direct result of his laziness in going out to get that Pizza in the movie's opening scenes. You'll recall that he used slight of hand to ensure that it was <more>
his friend and not himself that ended up going out into the snow and bitter cold, not the luck of the draw. His propensity to think of himself first put him behind bars and whereas the years have shown Bishop that their dreams of techno-anarchy were intrinsically misguided - a power trip essentially and an end in themselves though initially well intentioned, Cosmo lives in the past and has perverted the original "prank" into minor megalomania. He asks us to believe that he wants the box to provide global equality, destroy records of ownership and all the rest of it, while growing fat and flush on blood money, wearing $4,000 suites and sitting in a hi-tec corporate office. He may hate himself for betraying his own teenage values as well he might but why attempt to maintain the illusion that he's in the business of promoting a new world order when it's really about failure, his lack of respect from others and an inferiority complex toward his old partner in crime - his biggest rival. If Cosmo just grew to like himself and temper the arrogance he'd be a happier and more likable individual like Redford.I'm David Frames and my voice IS my passport, verify me.
Vintage hacker movie that excels on all fronts (by Mr-Fusion)
Part of the magic of "Sneakers" is that it was dealing with the idea of a rogue NSA and an all-too-powerful corporation twenty years before we even thought of it. Another part of what makes this movie seem fresh is that it feels very much of its time and place ah, when government men walked around in trenchcoats but avoids most of what made the '90s so obnoxious. Indeed, magical.But even as the hacker hijinks of the film's opening give way to the conspiracy thriller at its core, there's always a morsel of levity to keep things breezy. This movie's a whole lot of <more>
fun, with a great group of characters and a killer cast all around. It's a terrific ensemble, each with their own distinct personality and Strathairn having the most fun . They all gel perfectly. The dialog is smart and snappy, and some remarkable direction really ratchets the tension in the third act.Great entertainment. That smile was plastered on my face the entire time.8.5/10