War Games – 1983, 2008


Yeah, I REALLY need to stay the hell off of Amazon.com. My wish list is over 500 items and still growing…

But I digress…

After seeing something in my e-mail that I was interested in, I added it to my wish list.  Well, after I added it, it popped up a few other things that I ‘might’ be interested in.

I started adding them to my wish list and then came across the following two items:

War Games – 1983

Matthew Broderick (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off) and Ally Sheedy (The Breakfast Club) star in this compelling drama filled with action, suspense and high-tech adventures! Featuring superb performances by Dabney Coleman and Barry Corbin, WarGames is “brilliant…funny…and provocative” (New York)a fast-paced cyber-thriller. Computer hacker David Lightman (Broderick) can bypass the most advanced security systems, break the most intricate secret codes and mastereven the most difficult computer games. But when he unwittingly taps into the Defense Department’s war computer, he initiates a confrontation of global proportionsWorld War III! Together with his girlfriend (Sheedy) and a wizardly computer genius (Tony AwardÂ(r) winner John Wood), David must race against time to outwit his opponent…and prevent a nuclear Armageddon.

Now, War Games I am definitely interested in.  It’s one of the movies that sparked my geekdom even further.  I liked it at the time.  And I still like it.  I’m not that big a fan of Matthew Broderick, but I liked the movie itself for the content.  I’m going to pick it up on DVD again in the not too distant future (I’ve already got it on VHS and I’ve worn it out).

But now comes the weird part…There’s a sequel.

Yes, a sequel to the movie

War Games: The Dead Code – 2008

A quarter-century after the 1983 hit film War Games, starring Matthew Broderick as a teen who taps into a military computer and nearly starts World War III, comes War Games: The Dead Code, a sequel for the digital age. Immersed in post-9/11 paranoia, the story concerns Philadelphia high-schooler Will Farmer (Matt Lanter), inadvertently linked to a terrorist organization while playing an online game with a secret government computer called “Ripley.” On the run in Quebec with a girlfriend, Annie (Amanda Walsh), Will tries to stay ahead of authorities using only his wits. Until, that is, Will and Annie run into Dr. Stephen Falken (Gary Reineke), a character introduced in War Games as one of the “Joshua” computer program’s inventors and now widely thought to be dead. Meanwhile, Ripley’s keepers cast a net over Will’s life–even arresting his mother–but eventually come to see that Ripley is attempting to overtake control over everything and lead civilization, once again, to the brink of Armageddon.

Handsomely directed by Stuart Gillard (television’s Charmed), the visually busy War Games: The Dead Code makes much of a modest budget. A bunch of fine, Canadian actors give the computer-jargon-filled story a lot of dramatic muscle and interesting conflict to chew on, particularly Colm Feore as Ripley’s arrogant program manager and Chuck Shamata as one of the doomsday machine’s handlers. The film’s suspenseful build to a thrilling climax is sometimes a little hard to follow, but one gets the idea just fine. –Tom Keogh

I’m going to end up picking this one up just out of sheer curiosity.  I haven’t even seen it advertised and have never seen it in the stores.  When I do pick it up, I’ll give you my thoughts on it.

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~ by Normanomicon on June 9, 2010.

2 Responses to “War Games – 1983, 2008”

  1. Dude, War Games is free on Hulu.

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