Today, technology changes within seconds. What was hot in October is now obsolete in November. Thanks to tablets, dsl, thumbdrives, and wi-fi, we forget many of the things that started the evolution. If you look to your left and right, anybody who doesn’t know how to use an iphone, we see as someone who’s stuck in the caveman era. But, in the nineties, the ones who studied and utilized computers as we do today were part of a sub-culture what many use to call, dweebs, computer nerds, and etc. the cult-classic movie ‘Hackers’ brought this sub-culture to light.
Hackers was a movie made in 1995 during the evolution of computers. Today, there is at least one computer in every household where around that time, many computers were found in schools and businesses. If one was in a house, it was peculiar. This movie brought many stars into light, including the superstar Angelina Jolie. The movie surrounds her and her ex-husband as well as her co-star Johnny Lee Miller as Dade Murphy/Crash Override and Kate Libby/Acid Burn. Two high-schoolers who were attracted to each other, but were in competition with each other to see who was the better hacker. The games died down once their friend, Joey Pardella (Jessie Bradford) who showed that he was an elite hacker by hacking into the Gibson Company and discovering something that was hidden from the company. Once the secret service was on their tail, all fun and games went away and the race to save their friends as well as their own freedom.
If you watch it today, you would see things and hear things that are practically non-existent right now, and you have seen or lived in that time frame, you would see items that would bring up nostalgic memories. For one thing, if you went to school and you had computer classes, you would see those 3 ¼ floppy disks that we all had at that time period. I laugh now because I remember friends and classmates would get different color disks for each subject as well as made sure that no other had that color just in case it got lost and we could know which disk was ours. Another item that we don’t speak of anymore is dial-up. We forget with the new technology we have today, how slow it was to get on the internet let alone move at that ridiculous speed as we wait for everything to load up on our computer. But mostly what signified the movie was the music. Me, I’m not a techno fan, but the techno music brings out the movie very well. And you may say to yourself, I don’t listen to techno, but the fact is that techno is still in the music we listen to today. Think of Kanye West, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Lil’ Wayne, Rihanna, all use techno music in some of their tracks. In fact, L.M.F.A.O. “Party Rockers Anthem” and Rihanna “we found love” I believe have been made by the same composer or was inspired by the music of the movie because the sounds are very similar.
Like I said, this movie had brought many of the stars we see today to the light. Angelina Jolie has been in many movies that spread throughout the genre from ‘Girl Interrupted’ and ‘Gia’, to action films like ‘Tomb Raider’ and ‘Salt’. Also, she is infamous throughout the tabloids with her husband, known as the group “Bradgelina”. Jason Lee Miller haven’t been as successful, but have found success in the small screen. Today, he stars as Sherlock homes in the show Elementary. Jesse Bradford also found success, but unlike Jolie who appeals to many age groups, Jessie found success in movies that attract mostly the teenage age group, in movies such as ‘Bring it On’, ‘Swimfan’, and ‘Romeo and Juliet’. Today, he stars in the sitcom ‘Guys with Kids’ with Anthony Anderson and Tempestt Bledsoe. Matthew Lillard, known in the movie as Cereal Killer, the eclectic one from the group found success with rebirth of Scooby-doo as playing Shaggy in the film reboot to the new series today. He also starred in the movie ‘Wing Commander’, ‘She’s All That’, and in the latest movie by Clint Eastwood ‘Trouble with the Curves’.
Unfortunately with the other two friends, they have not found much success as the others. Laurence Mason also known as Lord Nikon, played many television roles in series such as ‘Law and Order’, and ‘Judging Amy’, as well as ‘House’. Unfortunately he was not been able to shake the stereotypical role of a black actor as a criminal or a cop as he did in Hackers. The closest he has done was in the ‘Lincoln Lawyer’ where he played the driver for Matthew McConaughey. Renoly Santiago who played Phreak did a lot of cameos on shows like ‘Law & Order: Criminal Intent’, and ‘Touched by an Angel’. But his biggest success was on Broadway. Today, he is doing shows around the nation while working on a album to show off all of his talents.
BIO: BT is a contributor for JarvisCity.