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This film is based on the story of the capture of computer hacker Kevin Mitnick.

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Joe Chappelle

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Skeet Ulrich ... Kevin Mitnick
Russell Wong ... Tsutomu Shimomura
Angela Featherstone ... Julia
Donal Logue ... Alex Lowe
Christopher McDonald ... Mitch Gibson (as Chris McDonald)
Master P ... Brad
Tom Berenger ... McCoy Rollins
Jeremy Sisto ... Lance 'Icebreaker' Petersen
Amanda Peet ... Karen
Ethan Suplee ... Dan Bradley
Dorit Sauer ... Shelley
Mark Joy ... Committee Chairman
Scott Cooper ... Jake Cronin
Ned Bellamy ... Tom Fiori
Sara Melson ... Rachel
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Storyline

Kevin Mitnick is quite possibly the best hacker in the world. Hunting for more and more information, seeking more and more cybertrophies every day, he constantly looks for bigger challenges. When he breaks into the computer of a security expert and an ex-hacker, he finds one - and much more than that... Written by Jaromir Król

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Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 March 2000 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Track Down See more »

Filming Locations:

Wilmington, North Carolina, USA

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Kevin Mitnick goes up against an FBI agent named Special Agent Mitch Gibson - a reference to the hacked computer system of the same name, Gibson, from the movie Hackers (1995). See more »

Goofs

Alex Lowe states that 56 bit encryption allows for roughly 72 trillion combinations. He is off by 3 orders of magnitude. 56 bit encryption allows for roughly 72 quadrillion combinations. See more »

Quotes

Tsutomu Shimomura: I mean, how lame are you?
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References Hackers (1995) See more »

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Jazzophile
Performed & Written by Daniel Thompson
Published by Daniel Thompson
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The Moral Dilemma
10 May 2005 | by trgusaSee all my reviews

Not arguing technical details or realism, I feel what is presented in this movie is an all-too black and white picture of hackers, or "Crackers", as the hero refers to them. Great pains are taken to portray Kevin Mitnick as a temper-prone, reactionary, asocial neurotic, with nuances of sexual dysfunctionality thrown in as well. Whereas, the hero (Tsutomu Shimomura)comes off as being the shiniest star in the sky.

I would say this general portrayal is unfair, and nearly propagandistic in its intent. The movie really becomes a base for expounding the moral issues of hacking and 'freedom of information' in a society that survives on security. It is a clear warning, and it does NOT favor hacking or hackers.

I am appalled by that, because a more open picture of both sides might have been painted. "Hackers" brought the world to the standards of today, and daily test the security and limits of it... likewise, "programmers" continue to strive for safety, but also encrypt for greed, control, power, and politics. It is not all back and white.

Either a hacker OR a programmer are capable of accidentally, or intentionally creating havoc in a real world of banking, traffic lights, airports, and defense systems, although the chances seem less with programmers (unless you know about "The Singularity").

All I am saying is that this movie is VERY biased against hackers, it allows them NO redeemable social attributes, and it radically stereotypes them. It is intended to PERSUADE you. THAT, I regard as a THREAT to my own individual freedom of thought, and when you cross that line... alarms go off.

BEWARE of this if you haven't seen this movie yet.

Did "Big Brother" produce this film? ("Big Brother" is a reference to George Orwell's novel "1984") Regardless, the movie has good detail within a fast-moving and captivating plot.

Lastly, NO, I am NOT pro-hacker oriented. Mitnick is clearly a criminal with a long record of convictions dating all the way back to 1981... but, I don't like being told what, or how, to think about a whole class of people.


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