The Johnny Lee Miller and Angelina Jolie joint film Hackers (1995) is an objectively poor film in a lot of ways.
It is also one of my favorite movies of all time.
It brilliantly captures the hope and power of youth and optimism, and the ability of belief in what is right to make change happen. It is a film that completely misses the basics of how technology and computers work but understands that they will change the world and that a new generation of young people will be the ones making that happen.
I could keep going about what I like about their ridiculous, made up hacker sub culture or how they portray teenage rebellion or how they represented androgyny and similar things decades before that largely became mainstream. I could talk about loving their absurd dream sequences turned hacking montages or the crazy teen club where they all roller blade and smoke cigarettes. I won’t keep going though, for everyone else’s sake.
My point is that I love this movie despite its flaws as a film and I recommend anyone and everyone give it a chance and see if they don’t find something to love, even if it’s just a vaguely ironic ‘bad-good’ night of fun.
What movies do you love which either were critically or publicly panned or otherwise failed? What kind of movies may we have all missed based on popular word of mouth that you think we should give a chance?