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After they recover the box, they discover that it has the capability to decode all existing encryption systems around the world, and that the agents who hired them didn't work for the government after all. This film is the one film of the nineties which I can watch again and again without getting bored. That's not to say it's the best, no no no, but there's something about this movie which I just can't get enough of. It's easily the most frequently used tape in my limited video library. Mainly it's the cast; quality names down the length of the list, and each one, from Robert Redford heading the motley crew of good guys Dan Ackroyd and Sidney Poitier especially good to Ben Kingsley as a deliciously cool but insecure villain.
They're all clearly having such a good time as they're making the movie that you can't help but join them; it's infectious. It's also surprisingly timeless. Seven years have passed since this movie came out, which is a long time in the gadget world in which this film is based, but none of their equipment or techniques except a brief glimpse of a now outdated version of Windows but that's REALLY nitpicking seem out of date; it could still be today.
And then there's the moments. This is a film based on a whole load of brilliantly memorable moments. When they find out what the mysterious black box actually does, it's truly chilling. All the little tricks of their trade on display are each a delight, from setting off fire alarms to being on the other end of the phone when the fire service is subsequently called.
And the ending, in my opinion, is one of the most satisfying, and hilarious, conclusions ever captured on film. In case you hadn't noticed, I love this movie. A great score, a great cast, and a whole lot of fun. Whether you got to these comments because you want to know if this film was worth seeing, or whether a training shoe web-search somehow ended you up here against your will, you really should see this film. It's a hugely entertaining piece of the nineties.
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External Sites. User Reviews. User Ratings. External Reviews. Metacritic Reviews. Photo Gallery. Trailers and Videos. Crazy Credits. Alternate Versions. Rate This. A security pro finds his past coming back to haunt him, when he and his unique team are tasked with retrieving a particularly important item. Director: Phil Alden Robinson. Added to Watchlist. From metacritic. Everything New on Disney Plus in June. David Strathairn as Whistler. Mary McDonnell as Liz. Timothy Busfield as Dick Gordon.
George Hearn as Gregor. Stephen Tobolowsky as Dr. Werner Brandes. James Earl Jones as Bernard Abbott. Gary Hershberger as College-Aged Bishop. Jojo Marr as College-Aged Cosmo. Bodhi Elfman as Centurion Night Guard. Denise Dowse as Bank Teller. Eddie Jones as Buddy Wallace. Donal Logue as Dr. Gunter Janek. Juel Bestrop. Lee Garlington as Dr. Elena Rhyzkov. Hanyee as Bank Secretary.
Tim Winters as Homeless Man. Jun Asai as Piano Prodigy. John Shepard as Collidge Institute Guard. Ellaraino as Mrs. Shayna Hollinquist as Melissa Crease. Dayna Hollinquist as Melissa Crease.
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Matthew Samuel M Super Reviewer. Oct 23, Superb spy action comedy with director Robinson getting all parts clicking like a key turning tumblers in a lock. Robert Redford in top form as reformed hacker leading a top flight cast including Sidney Poitier and Ben Kingsley.
Great moments of unraveling mysteries and filled with quality gags that don't undermine the suspense. Doctor S Super Reviewer. Jul 19, A team of hackers must steal a mysterious black box. At the time, before the Internet became as ubiquitous as it is, this must have seemed cutting edge and revolutionary. Today, it doesn't play as well and must rely on the strength of its cast, which, on first glance, promises to be quite good. But midway through the film, I got the feeling that these were just actors having fun being actors.
Jim H Super Reviewer. Apr 20, This tale of intrigue and high-tech suspense is fun to watch as a team of Hackers are hired to hack into systems to see how tight their security is and if they are as safe as they think. After breaking into a bank and exposing their weaknesses, Martin is approached by NSA officers Dick Gordon and Buddy Wallace, who know of his former identity. In exchange for clearing his record, he is asked to recover a "black box" from mathematician Dr.
Gunter Janek, who has developed the box under the project name "Setec Astronomy" supposedly for the Russian government. Martin is hesitant but agrees to help. With help from his former girlfriend, Liz, Martin and his team secure the box, which is disguised as a telephone answering machine. During their subsequent celebration party, Whistler, Mother, and Carl investigate the box, finding it capable of breaking the encryption of nearly every computer system.
Martin works out that "Setec Astronomy" is an anagram of "too many secrets", and issues a lockdown until they can deliver the box the next day. Martin hands the box to the NSA officers, but quickly leaves after Crease discovers that Janek was killed the night before. He contacts a friend named Gregor in the Russian consulate, who confirms that the officers were rogue agents, and that Janek was working for the NSA.
Before Gregor can elaborate further, fake FBI agents kill him and kidnap Martin to a remote location where he's reunited with Cosmo, who Martin thought had died in prison. While in prison, Cosmo developed ties with organized crime, allowing him to escape and become wealthy. He explains his plan to use Janek's box to destabilize the world economy, and offers Martin the chance to join him. Martin refuses, whereupon Cosmo uses the box to break into the FBI and connect Martin's current identity with his former name.
Cosmo has Martin knocked out and taken back to the city. Martin contacts his team and they relocate to Liz's apartment. They contact NSA agent Abbott, who wants the box but cannot offer assistance without it being in Martin's possession. Whistler analyzes the sounds that Martin heard during his kidnapping, and is able to identify the geographic area where Martin was taken.
They find a toy company at that location, which is a front for Cosmo's operation. They track down Werner Brandes, the employee whose office is next to Cosmo's. They set Liz up with a fake computer date with Brandes to get his keycard and vocal recognition codes, while the others identify other security features of Cosmo's office. The team successfully get into the building to recover the box.
Brandes begins to suspect Liz during the date, and alerts Cosmo to a possible break-in. Once Liz mentions the computer date in Cosmo's presence, he realizes that Martin is responsible and locks down the facility and holds Martin at gunpoint.
Again he tries to convince Martin to join him, but Martin refuses and instead turns over the box. The team escapes before Cosmo realizes that he is holding an empty duplicate of the box's case.Stride Rite Baby Girl's Disney«Wish Lights Anna & Elsa H&L (Toddler) Magenta/Silver Sneaker Toddler M.
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