History Film / Hackers

22nd Jun '16 3:27:24 AM IHateAlmostEverything
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* AssholeVictim: A non-lethal kind. When Dade hacks TV network he does it to interrupt a show where obnoxious host spouts a racist rant on ineferiority of Africans and Native Americans.
10th Jun '16 10:48:19 PM The17thImmortal
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* PennyShaving: The MacGuffin is a virus that steals a few cents from every transaction that the Ellingson Mineral Company conducts

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* PennyShaving: The MacGuffin is a virus worm that steals fractions of a few cents cent from every transaction that the Ellingson Mineral Company conductsconducts.



** [[LivingADoubleLife Agent Ray thinks it's "cool."]]

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** [[LivingADoubleLife Agent Ray thinks it's "cool."]]"cool".]]



--> '''Kate''': I hope you don't screw like you type.

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--> '''Kate''': '''Kate:''' I hope you don't screw like you type.



** Cereal Killer's real name is "Emmanuel Goldstein," likely a reference to 2600 founder and editor Eric Corley (a consultant on the film), who himself uses the name as a reference to the figurehead enemy of Big Brother in George Orwell's "[[Literature/NineteenEightyFour 1984]]."

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** Cereal Killer's real name is "Emmanuel Goldstein," Goldstein", likely a reference to 2600 founder and editor Eric Corley (a consultant on the film), who himself uses the name as a reference to the figurehead enemy of Big Brother in George Orwell's "[[Literature/NineteenEightyFour 1984]]."



** Plague's alias in the aircraft was "Mr. Babbage." Charles Babbage was credited as the originator of the concept for the programmable computer.

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** Plague's alias in the aircraft was "Mr. Babbage." Babbage". Charles Babbage was credited as the originator of the concept for the programmable computer.



** [[TaxiDriver ''You talkin' to me?'']]
** Right before the assault on the Gibson, Cereal lets out a shriek, calling it a "tension breaker." This mirrors a scene before the final exam in the 1987 Mark Harmon comedy [[Film/SummerSchool Summer School]].

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** [[TaxiDriver ''You ''[[TaxiDriver You talkin' to me?'']]
me?]]''
** Right before the assault on the Gibson, Cereal lets out a shriek, calling it a "tension breaker." breaker". This mirrors a scene before the final exam in the 1987 Mark Harmon comedy [[Film/SummerSchool Summer School]].Film/SummerSchool.



* SpellMyNameWithAThe: He's "The Plague," not "Mister Plague." (At which point, Penn follows up with "Mister The Plague")

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* SpellMyNameWithAThe: He's "The Plague," Plague", not "Mister Plague." Plague". (At which point, Penn follows up with "Mister The Plague")Plague".)



** Also, crashing 1507 computers in a day is no longer that impressive.
*** Dade did that ten years earlier. ''In TheEighties''. And he hit the market so hard the NYSE dropped four points across the board. Nowadays he'd be in Gitmo until his hair fell out. Or [[MyGreatestSecondChance working for the NSA, FBI]] or some other [[TheMenInBlack special government agency]], using his powers [[TheyFightCrime with other collared hackers to fight cyber-criminals]].

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** Also, crashing 1507 1,507 computers in a day is no longer that impressive.
*** Dade did that ten years earlier. ''In TheEighties''. And he hit the market so hard the NYSE dropped four points across the board. Nowadays he'd be in Gitmo until his hair fell out. Or [[MyGreatestSecondChance working for the NSA, FBI]] FBI,]] or some other [[TheMenInBlack special government agency]], using his powers [[TheyFightCrime with other collared hackers to fight cyber-criminals]].



* TelevisionGeography: On their way to Grand Central, Cereal and Nikon run down Macdougal St (just off Washington Square Park, where they were playing chess) and turn the corner directly onto...what looks like South Broadway at 23rd St. Impressive.

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* TelevisionGeography: On their way to Grand Central, Cereal and Nikon run down Macdougal [=MacDougal=] St (just off Washington Square Park, where they were playing chess) and turn the corner directly onto...onto... what looks like South Broadway at 23rd St. Impressive.



* WrongfulAccusationInsurance: [[spoiler:In the course of stopping the tankers from capsizing ([[ClearMyName the crime for which they were framed]]) and obtaining the evidence of the [[BigBad real villain's]] embezzlement scheme, the heroes wreck an incredibly expensive supercomputer, but the Secret Service apparently doesn't prosecute them for it, since we see the main character and his girlfriend living (more or less) happily ever after at the end. This is most likely because the truth (which was [[DoNotAdjustYourSet broadcast worldwide]] by other hackers) embarrassed the SS to no end -- The Plague manipulated the SS into assisting him in terrorism-for-blackmail.]]

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* WrongfulAccusationInsurance: [[spoiler:In the course of stopping the tankers from capsizing ([[ClearMyName the crime for which they were framed]]) and obtaining the evidence of the [[BigBad real villain's]] embezzlement scheme, the heroes wreck an incredibly expensive supercomputer, but the Secret Service apparently doesn't prosecute them for it, since we see the main character and his girlfriend living (more or less) happily ever after at the end. This is most likely because the truth (which was [[DoNotAdjustYourSet broadcast worldwide]] by other hackers) embarrassed the SS to no end -- The Plague manipulated the SS into assisting him in terrorism-for-blackmail.]]
24th Feb '16 8:13:06 AM AFP
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* TheNineties



* ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish: Or at least it is when whoever chose the password didn't think things through.
-->'''The Plague''': ''Someone didn't bother reading my carefully prepared memo on commonly-used passwords. Now, then, as I so meticulously pointed out, the four most-used passwords are: love, sex, secret, and... GOD. So, would your holiness care to change her password?''



* ThePowerOfFriendship: Or the power of community, anyway.
--> "You're not good enough to beat me!"
--> "Yeah, maybe I'm not. But ''we'' are, asshole."



* ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish: Or at least it is when whoever chose the password didn't think things through.
-->'''The Plague''': ''Someone didn't bother reading my carefully prepared memo on commonly-used passwords. Now, then, as I so meticulously pointed out, the four most-used passwords are: love, sex, secret, and... GOD. So, would your holiness care to change her password?''
* ThePowerOfFriendship: Or the power of community, anyway.
--> "You're not good enough to beat me!"
--> "Yeah, maybe I'm not. But ''we'' are, asshole."
* TheNineties
18th Feb '16 8:24:39 PM BlackHumor
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* PennyShaving: The MacGuffin is a virus that steals a few cents from every transaction that the Ellingson Mineral Company conducts
4th Feb '16 4:06:04 PM eroock
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* EverythingIsOnline: Including school sprinkler systems.

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* EverythingIsOnline: Including school sprinkler systems.systems and tankers.
11th Oct '15 11:32:11 PM Bleughie
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* AsTheGoodBookSays: Cereal Killer quotes Corinthians to try to get Dade and Kate to set aside their differences:
--> '''Cereal Killer''': When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things!
11th Oct '15 10:56:58 PM NeoSilverThorn
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*** It was TruthInTelevision before the movie even came out, for that matter. Witness Operation Sundevil specifically.
29th Sep '15 11:14:27 AM morenohijazo
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* SkyscraperMessages: The finale has Crash having rigged windows visible from their [[RunningGag Rooftop Swimming Pool]] to read "Crash + Burn", which really impresses Burn that much more.
25th Sep '15 12:06:31 AM NSlayton5
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* BadassBoast: "Mess with the best, die like the rest." With the skills to back it up.



* BadassLongcoat: The Plague works longcoats into his wardrobe constantly, although they're a bit more flamboyant than the usual example.



* {{Foil}}: The Plague, for Crash Override. Dade is an altruist who uses his hacking skills to help others and fight corruption, Plague sells out other hackers to cover his tracks. Dade got probation for a youthful hack that unintentionally caused a seven point drop in the stock market, Plague works for a major mineral and Wall Street company and is intentionally ripping it off. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Dade uses rollerblades, Plague skateboards]].

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* {{Foil}}: The Plague, for Crash Override. Dade is an altruist who uses his hacking skills to help others and fight corruption, Plague sells out other hackers to cover his tracks. Dade got probation for a youthful hack that unintentionally caused a seven point drop in the stock market, Plague works for a major mineral and Wall Street company and is intentionally ripping it off. Plague even reprises Dade's "You talkin' to me?" line in the final duel. Also, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Dade uses rollerblades, Plague skateboards]].



** In universe, the heroes have no idea that Dade (who they think is a talented amateur) is the FamedInStory Zero Cool.



** That said, in the final hacking duel, Dade has to read the full file code to Joey, with roots and slashes and all.
** [[WordOfGod Director Iain Softley]] said the visuals were meant to be metaphorical rather than accurate, trying to capture an LSD-like look for the hacking scenes.



** During the club scene where Crash and Burn go to recruit Razor and Blade, one extra is prominently seen...dressed as a chandelier. Her headwear alone is this trope up to 11.
* IronicEcho: "You talkin' to me?"



** Subverted since [[spoiler: in the final hacking duel, the Plague targets Dade specifically and cuts him off, but Joey is the one who manages to download the garbage file. And then it's Cereal (with the help of Razor and Blade) who expose the Plague's crimes.]]



* ParentsAsPeople: Dade's mom gets a lot of development as her own person, rather than simply "a parent."



** [[LivingADoubleLife Agent Ray thinks it's "cool."]]



** Ahead of the hacker skill contest with Kate, Dade reenacts a computer-themed version of the famous "You talking to me?" speech from Film/TaxiDriver.


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* WaistcoatOfStyle: Part of The Plague's standard attire.
23rd Sep '15 6:44:08 AM MasoTey
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* CreditsGag: Special Agent Richard Gill is listed in the credits as "[[TakeThat Dick Gill."

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* CreditsGag: Special Agent Richard Gill is listed in the credits as "[[TakeThat Dick Gill.Gill]]."



* SmugSnake: The Plague. Oh goodness, The Pleague.

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* SmugSnake: The Plague. Oh goodness, The Pleague.Plague.
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