Broderick, Dabney Coleman, John Wood, Ally Sheedy, Barry Corbin
1983, 110 Minutes, Directed by: John Badham
Long before the term "cyberspace" was so
much as glint in an overeager journalist on a slow news day's eye, a teenage
hacker (Matthew Broderick) broke into a defence computer and almost
unleashed World War III in the process.
Having an artificial
intelligence, which controlled the American defence systems, that
misinterprets its command parameters also helped of course . . .
Artificial Intelligence is, of course, nothing new. It has been done before - perhaps most
stunningly in 2001. But WarGames was to play around with
several ideas that would years later become sci-fi clichés. But back then (in 1983) when
most of us haven't so much as touched the keys on an IBM XT or so much as heard of the
Internet, this film was something quite fresh and new.
Exciting and well-paced,
the film also had a lot to say about leaving too much in the, um, hands of those
IBM-compatible home computers. Today, with Windows 95, it is a lesson that we have already
learnt . . .