Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
USA, 1983. United Artists, Sherwood Productions. Screenplay by Lawrence Lasker, Walter F. Parkes. Cinematography by William A. Fraker. Produced by Harold Schneider. Music by Arthur B. Rubinstein. Production Design by Angelo P. Graham. Costume Design by Barry Francis Delaney. Film Editing by Tom Rolf. Academy Awards 1983.
Despite the fact that it plays like a kid’s adventure movie, this film has powerful anti-war messages that will be meaningful to all ages. Matthew Broderick plays a computer geek who hacks into a government prototype war-simulation program and accidentally starts global conflict between the US and Russia. As far as Broderick knows, he is only playing a game with an unknown user, but when government agents start coming after him and his new best friend (Ally Sheedy), the two of them go on the run to avoid being killed. Exciting and intelligent, this film features top-notch direction and a fantastic screenplay by Lawrence Lasker and Walter F. Parkes. The technology involved will seem laughably outdated, but thankfully the film chooses not to rely on it for visual stimulation and instead concentrates on the timeless message of the story, making for a film whose interest and importance will never wane with time.