- Aluminum Christmas Trees: The Virtual Reality machine operated by The Plague is not made up for the movie, but is the unfortunately named Virtuality SU2000 virtual reality gaming machine by Virtuality Group.
- Fake American: Jonny Lee Miller as Dade.
- Retroactive Recognition: Hey, Sherlock Holmes is a hacker!
- Romance on the Set: Leads Jonny Lee Miller and Angelina Jolie got married after the movie's release, but divorced a few years later.
- Unintentional Period Piece: This film (albeit with some unrealism that itself is a product of movie writers not really understanding what it is they're trying to tell a story about) portrays hackers at a time when they were a subculture, not well-understood by the broader populace as computers were not yet as ubiquitous as they are today (the Internet as we know it today was in its infancy, as well). As such, things like the importance placed on the "Hacker Manifesto", as an example, are products of the era when hackers felt themselves to be set apart from broader society in echoes of the 'generation gap' of the 1960s:
"We exist without skin color, without nationality, without religious bias... and you call us criminals. You build atomic bombs, you wage wars, you murder, cheat, and lie to us and try to make us believe it's for our own good, yet we're the criminals."