Always a source of heated debate, the Fircroft Film Club reached new levels of controversy and acrimony this month as we attempted to decide upon our Top Ten Computer Films…
The choice proved to be so difficult that Fircroft’s Marketing Department- the usual compilers of the Film Club- abdicated their responsibility and handed it over to the real experts in this realm; that’s right, the ICT Department.
Simon ‘Kubrick’ Cossar, Fircroft’s Infrastructure Manager and all-round film aficionado guides us through his top ten, beginning with a cult classic.
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
“I’m sorry, Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that.” HAL 9,000 the ship’s computer becomes sentient and decides that the human crew aren’t up to the job. Unequivocally the best sci-fi film ever made, 2001: A Space Odyssey is Stanley Kubrick’s crowning glory as a filmmaker. Exploring ‘ancient astronaut’ themes, questions about evolution, technology, artificial intelligence and philosophy 2001 takes the viewer on an odyssey of imagination and perception. The film also leaves the viewer with a nagging question. Why is a man named ‘Dave’ sent on an intergalactic mission to discover the next stage of human evolution?
The Matrix (1999)
Depicting an horrific dystopian future, The Matrix broke boundaries in special effects, illustrating Neo’s fight against ‘the Agents’; super-powerful computer programs devoted to snuffing out Neo and the entire human rebellion.
War Games (1983)
The definitive ‘hacker’ movie, War Games envisions a nightmare scenario in which a young computer hacker gains control over the entire US nuclear arsenal. As he starts the countdown to World War III, what will the outcome be?
The Social Network (2010)
Charting the genesis and growth of the social networking phenomenon, The Social Network, explores the complex relationships, feuds and psychological battles that took place during the inception of Facebook.
Jeff Bridges plays Kevin Flynn, a hacker who finds himself sucked into a video game. In the blazingly colourful, geometrically intense landscapes of cyberspace he must join forces with Tron in order to defeat the game and win his freedom.
Robert Redford and Dan Ackroyd star in this tense thriller, in which a group of security experts are tasked with stealing a top secret black box that possesses unique characteristics…
‘Boot up or shut up!’ Hackers chronicles the travails of a young computer hacker who must stop the spread of a dangerous computer virus whilst being simultaneously pursued by the US Secret Service and the evil genius behind the creation of the virus.
Lawnmower Man (1992)
One of Pierce Brosnan’s lesser known films admittedly, but Lawnmower Man contains a certain kitsch b-movie sci-fi charm. Depicting a brilliant scientist whose experiments on a simple gardener seek to enhance intelligence and cognitive ability, things soon start to get out of hand when Lawnmower Man begins to get ideas of his own.
He’s stuck in an incredibly difficult and fraught situation, but with his family held hostage, the Chief Security Executive of a global bank has no choice but to betray his employer to save those he loves in Firewall.
The Thirteenth Floor (1999)
A bloody shirt, a computer-based parallel world, a hidden letter and a fiendish plot twist combine to create a thrilling murder mystery, in what has become a cult-classic in ICT circles…
Right or wrong? Let us know if we’ve got our circuits scrambled in the comments below!