Oswald 'Ozzy' Paxton (Vincent Kartheiser) is a PlayfulHacker who is forced to take his stepsister Melissa (Katie Stewart) to her prep school Shady Glen (where he was kicked out after a prank) after being busted by his parents for downloading an illegal copy of the game ''Scream II'' (no relation to [[Film/{{Scream 1996}} the film]]). Before leaving, Ozzy decides to pull one last prank...until he sees men armed with guns arriving on the scene.

Turns out Rafe Bentley (Creator/PatrickStewart--yes, ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration that]]'' Creator/PatrickStewart), Shady Glen's new head of security, has hatched a plan to hold the children of Shady Glen as ransom to extort money from their wealthy parents. So now Ozzy has to use his hacker skills to save the day.
!!This film contains examples of:

* AbsurdlySpaciousSewer: Bentley has a bunch of [=ATVs=] tricked out with rocket launchers waiting in the sewer tunnels as an escape route.
* AffablyEvil: Bentley
-->'''Bentley:''' You know...I'm not a violent man but I really do think I'm going to have to kill someone here.
* AirVentEscape: Played with. Ozzy can fit in there and The Ferret is the only bad guy small enough to do the same. At the same time, however, the bad guys can hear him clanging around in there when he isn't being perfectly still, allowing one on the outside to stab at him periodically.
* BaldOfEvil: Bentley, again.
* BadassMustache: Bentley. Creator/PatrickStewart is Law Enforcement!
* BadassTeacher: Claire Maloney, the headmistress of Shady Glen.
* BigNo: [[spoiler:Bentley at the end, where he drives out of a sewage pipe and lands in sewage.]]
* TheCracker: Ozzy is introduced as this at the beginning, downloading a game before it goes on the market to sell illegal copies.
* [[DieHardOnAnX Die Hard In A Boarding School]]: This sums up the plot of the film quite well, [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by Ozzy.
-->'''Ozzy:''' I'm tellin' ya, we've got a DieHard situation here.
* EveryCarIsAPinto: After the police fail spectacularly to breach the school perimeter and flee, Bentley tells his men to have some fun and destroy their empty vehicles. It only takes a few seconds of automatic gunfire to make them explode in impressive fireballs.
* EveryManHasHisPrice: Bentley knows that Miles Lawrence, father of one of the students at Shady Glen [[spoiler: and his former boss]], is putting up at least a billion dollars in cash to buy a TV network. Bentley asks for 650 million, not the full billion, doubting that Miles would pay that much for the hostages even though one of them is his own daughter.
-->'''Bentley:''' For a billion you would sacrifice the kids. I know you people.
* EvilBrit: Bentley
* HollywoodHacking: Computer hacking consists of playing a literal computer game, consisting of hunting for a "valid entrance" in a 3-D animated dungeon (with hostile skeletons!), while the system itself proclaims full awareness of your activities and their illegality. It's a good enough sport to let you proceed without a fuss if you win.
* [[IHaveYourWife I Have Your Sister]]: Bentley near the end of the movie.
* LargeHam: "UNITED! UNITED!"
* TheMole: Rafe, head of security at the school. [[spoiler:Also, Foster Delroy, the CFO of Ozzy's father's company who is in cahoots with the hostage-takers.]]
%%* NoodleIncident
%%* {{Mooks}}
* PlayfulHacker: Ozzy
* PoliceAreUseless: Bentley is smugly dismissive of the police, completely unconcerned when they first respond, as he is able to anticipate their every move.
-->'''Bentley:''' I see the comedians are right on-time.
** They even fire at Ozzy while he's climbing on the roof, mistaking him for one of the hostage-takers.
* UnlikelyHero: Ozzy again.
* WorthyOpponent: Bentley declares that Ozzy is the only decent challenge he's had, compared to the predictability of the police.
* YouDoNotWantToKnow: In an exchange between Maloney and Ozzy.
-->'''Maloney:''' So, what's your plan?
-->'''Ozzy:''' WithAllDueRespect, Maloney, you don't want to know.
-->'''Maloney:''' [[TemptingFate Try to leave the school intact!]]