Movies.ie celebrates the return of Tron with five great computer based films
Boys got no social skills – nevermind, follow the wise tale of these two teen nerds, who feed centrefold statistics into their home computer and connect it up to a governmental super-computer. A flash of lightning, and hey presto, a curvy – but, crucially, brainy – Kelly LeBrock materialises in their bedroom! With such statements as, “you created me, you are my master!” Weird Science is every teen boys dream.
A groundbreaking in its day, Sneakers may look a little dated, but overall it is still charming to this day. The story centres around two college buddies who take different paths in life. One becomes an ethical hacker, and the other…well, he is not quite so noble. Cue plot twists, comic scenes and plenty of 90s computer jargon to laugh over!
A game designer create an artificial reality game that plugs directly into people’s minds. Soon the line between reality and game blurs in violent and gruesome way. In typical David Cronenberg style, eXistenZ is brilliantly grim.
A young boy is arrested by the US Secret Service for writing a computer virus and is banned from using a computer until his 18th birthday. Years later, he and his new-found friends discover a plot to unleash a dangerous computer virus, but they must use their computer skills to find the evidence while being pursued by the Secret Service and the evil computer genius behind the virus.
The Thirteenth Floor
“The Sims” EXTREME, this movie is about scientists who create a virtual world where participants plug in and take over a computer character’s life. The characters are unaware of their puppet existence, but then a real life murder shakes the foundation of the game…