[attrition] Review: WarGames - 1983
lyger at attrition.org
Tue May 2 23:53:48 EDT 2006
WarGames was one of those movies that you probably haven't forgotten if
you were a pre-teen or teenager in the early 80's. Even though WarGames is
usually available somewhere on American cable TV, watching the original
cut on DVD is definitely preferred. The opening sequence with Michael
Madsen and the recently departed John Spencer sets the tone for a
technological thriller set during the nuclear era of the Cold War. "Sir,
we are at launch. Turn your key!"
David Lightman (Matthew Broderick) is a teenager with an interest in
computers, specifically changing his school grades and playing games.
While war-dialing, he stumbles upon a system he assumes to be hosted by a
software company. Unknown to David as he runs a "game" called "Global
Thermonuclear War", the system actually belongs to the United States
Department of Defense and he has just launched a simulation that threatens
to launch an actual nuclear attack. Along with his friend Jennifer (Ally
Sheedy), David seeks out and finds the simulator's creator, Professor
Falken (John Wood) in an attempt to stop what would be the beginning of
World War III.
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