Access codes and other protection schemes on computers are only as good as the time remaining until they have to be bad, at which point the most obvious key/value combination or password immediately becomes the master override that disarms the entire thing. Systems become easier to break with increasing speed as if they are actually losing morale.
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- 5 seconds. With those 5 seconds the person will either do some big exclamation and escape a trap, open a door, etc. or will have time to lean back and facial mug before revealing to tense onlookers that he/she was done with time to spare despite how it looked.
- Swordfish : Sweating and nailbiting while the hacker guy floods the computer with nonsensical access crack attempts while being "distracted" and music swelling as the clock goes to zero making it appear that he failed, only to spin the computer around seconds later to show it sitting at a welcome screen.
- Tron Legacy : Sam hacking into the door at Encom on floor level before being caught by security, and then hacking into the main computers to upload his video and download Flynn software. The progress meter was nowhere near complete with the guard right on the other side of the mainframe Sam was hacking yet in the time it took the guard to get around the machine Sam had finished, taken his interface disk and gotten all the way back to the server room entrance using the pathway on the other side of the machine and was out the door before the guard could look back. As if the computer had said "oh it's you" at the last minute.
- Terminator 2 : Connor's homemade ATM hacker brute forces the bank's ATM protection scheme as though it knew it didn't have all day and talked the bank into putting a rush on things. It solved each segment faster after gaining the last segment as if the code lost encryption strength real time.