The latest episode of Screen Junkies’ Honest Trailers takes aim at Hackers, mocking star Angelina Jolie’s horribly dated theatrical debut.
The latest episode of Screen Junkies’ Honest Trailers takes aim at Hackers, mocking star Angelina Jolie’s horribly dated theatrical debut. The 1995 crime thriller centers on Dade “Zero Cool” Murphy, a high-schooler who made a name for himself in the world of hacking by crashing 1,507 computer systems and causing a 7-point drop in the New York Stock Exchange at the age of 11. He becomes friends with a group of hackers at his new high school and becomes wrapped up in their corporate extortion conspiracy.
Alongside Jolie, the cast for Hackers included Elementary‘s Jonny Lee Miller, Clockstoppers‘ Jesse Bradford, future Shaggy performer Matthew Lillard, The Shield‘s Laurence Mason, Con Air‘s Renoly Santiago, The Sopranos‘ Lorraine Bracco and The French Dispatch‘s Fisher Stevens. The film hit theaters in late 1995 to generally mixed reviews from critics and a modest box office return, grossing over $28 million worldwide against its $6.5 million budget though only $7.5 million of which was domestic. Despite this, Hackers has gone on to garner a cult following in the years since its release.
As the star celebrates making her Marvel Cinematic Universe debut, Screen Junkies are looking back to the start of Angelina Jolie’s career with a Hackers Honest Trailer. The video mocks the numerous large range of outdated technology in the film, the bland writing and over-the-top characters. See the hilarious new video below:
Hackers is largely considered to be a true product of its time, a hope by the filmmakers to capture its titular lesser-known world in a way that would be exciting and intriguing to audiences. As thoroughly highlighted in the new Honest Trailer, much of the film is not only very dated when looked back upon through a modern lens but also full of errors, namely in its depiction of hacking being like a “flight sim on the brand-new Sony PlayStation.” The nature of hacking is something films and TV shows have rarely captured accurately, with Adult Swim’s The Venture Bros. even making countless jokes about the tedium of the task, but the 1995 film is surely one of the more egregious examples of falsehoods.
Even the most ardent of Hackers fans will readily admit years later that the film is not a good one, more just one fondly looked back upon through nostalgia-colored lenses, namely for another era-appropriate performance from Matthew Lillard, one cited on many’s top 10 lists for the star. Those who fell in love with the original film are currently holding out hope for the potential Hackers 2, which director Ian Softley revealed last year was in active discussions to get off the ground. Until further news of a sequel arrives, fans can revisit Hackers on Amazon Prime Video today.
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Hackers Honest Trailer Mocks Angelina Jolie’s Horribly Dated Theatrical Debut