Cute but silly, this 1983 cautionary fantasy stars Matthew Broderick as a teenage computer genius who hacks into the Pentagon's defense system and sets World War III into motion. All the fun is in the film's set-up, as Broderick befriends Ally Sheedy and starts the international crisis by pretending while online to be the Soviet Union. After that, it's not hard to predict what's going to happen: government agents swoop in, but the story ends up in the "hands" of machines talking to one another. Thus we're stuck with flashing lights, etc. John Badham (Saturday Night Fever
) directs in strict potboiler mode. Kids still like this movie, though. The DVD release has a widescreen presentation, theatrical trailer, Dolby sound, director commentary, optional English, French and Spanish subtitles. --Tom Keogh
Matthew Broderick (Ferris Bueller'S Day Off) And Ally Sheedy (The Breakfast Club) Star In This Compelling Drama Filled With Action, Suspense And High-Tech Adventures! Featuring Superb Performances By Dabney Coleman And Barry Corbin, Wargames Is "Brilliant...Funny...And Provocative" (New York)A Fast-Paced Cyber-Thriller. Computer Hacker David Lightman (Broderick) Can Bypass The Most Advanced Security Systems, Break The Most Intricate Secret Codes And Mastereven The Most Difficult Computer Games. But When He Unwittingly Taps Into The Defense Department'S War Computer, He Initiates A Confrontation Of Global Proportionsworld War Iii! Together With His Girlfriend (Sheedy) And A Wizardly Computer Genius (Tony Awardâ(R) Winner John Wood), David Must Race Against Time To Outwit His Opponent...And Prevent A Nuclear Armageddon.