As strange it might sound, there is a loyal viewer base for hacker movies around the world. This audience wants the most acute representation of the hacking and the mechanics that go into the making of it. On one hand, this makes us cautious, on the other, it tempts some people to venture into this world.
This article lists some of the most accurate representations of hacking in movies and shows.
Who Am I
This German movie tops our list for its depiction of the truth. Released in the year 2014, deals with psychological issues as well as hacking. The storyline reveals a lonely computer expert, who meets a charismatic character and a subversive hacker group. The protagonists of the movie have the mission of exposing the large corporations at CLAY (Clowns Laughing At You).
These possibilities and vulnerability are genuinely translated along with this suspenseful plot. The severe and extremist nature of this online age is rightly woven into the plot. A greater number of people are aware of the secure VPN, and other terms relating to cyber-security, owing to this movie.
WarGames is considered one of the pioneers in this field of movies. Released in 1983, this movie has had an impact on the legislature of the United States. The plotline shows David Highman, a high school student, hacking into the military supercomputer.
The fatal nuclear weapons are activated to counter the global threat before the protagonist fathoms the implications and consequences of his actions. The government was compelled to introduce the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (1984) to ensure there was no replication of the movie.
The Social Network
The Social Network was released almost a decade ago. It is highly loved and appreciated by the viewers, owing to the nature and the familiarity of the plotline. This biographical drama movie is based on the life of the founder of Facebook and takes us through the life of the billionaires of the present day.
Along the way, the threats and the penetrability of the security layers are exposed and upheld, as and when required by the movie. Though there are controversies regarding the absolute honesty and the transparency of Mark Zuckerberg’s life, this movie has a human touch to it.
Released in 1999, this is one of the top favourites of the viewers. The dystopian movie is about Thomas Anderson, who is led to fight the underground war against powerful computers. This sci-fi trilogy nurtures a separate fan base that closely looks into the aspects and the intersectional social issues in the world of technology. The movie introduced notions and ideas, after ensuring that their viewers are ready to take in their content. The franchises have disclosed that their transgender characters did not come out, owing to the norms of the corporate world.
The Great Hack
Unlike the other movies on the list, this is a documentary. However, it would be wrong to assume that it is not as thrilling or interesting as the rest. It turns out that the reality of the data breach in 2016 leaves all their views in chills. Cambridge Analytica and its role in the history of data breaches is labelled as disturbing and thought-provoking.
The brutal truth of the private companies enclosing our private space, makes us question our choices and our online presence. On the brighter side, the eye-opening documentary and narrative have hiked the knowledge about security software solutions, and their importance. The general security of the computer is questioned and safeguarded.
This movie from 1995, has not achieved the heights of videography like the rest on the list, although, the farsightedness of the movie is applaudable. Dade, a young adult takes his pranks a level further to explore the ground of unethical hacking.
The brutal reality and the vicious future is upheld in the plot. More than 20 years later, this plotline is an achievable reality. The aggravating threat of the online presence cannot be neglected any further.
The last movie on the list is perhaps the most graphic representation of reality. This deals with the devastations of the online presence and a touch of psychotic behaviour. The plot walks on a thin line depicting a serial killer and the abuse of technology to lure his victims.
Two FBI agents track down the psychopath in the movie. The sheer brutality of the movie sets it apart from the rest. Though critics have certain reservations against the vision of the movie, it does not fail to create a lasting impact on us.
There are certain restrictions and moral obligations to prevent the replication of the whole hacking process to prevent the common mass from getting negatively impacted. However, certain movies have nevertheless managed to exceptionally work under the realm of ethics, and continue to warn people about the dangers lurking online.
Tell us, what are your favourite movies about hacking?