WarGames presented the ultimate nightmare senerio for its time. Made while the Cold War between the U.S. and Russia was still going on. The film, though dated in some respects, still works, given how society depends on computers, even more today, than it did back in '83.
David Lightman (Matthew Broderick) is a teenaged computer whiz. While trying to show off his skills to his neighborhood friend, Jennifer (Ally Sheedy), David hacks into the Pentagon's defense systems. In doing so, he sets the stage for the start of World War III. Evenually, Pentagon officials, led Dr. McKittrick (Dabney Coleman) and General Beringer (Barry Corbin), soon bring the pair in for questioning. As things go from bad to worse, the key to stopping the nuclear meltdown may rest with the reclusive Dr. Stephen Falken (John Wood), who doesn't care if the world survives or not.
Directed by John Badham, the film has it's predictable moments, but thanks to Broderick and Sheedy, things stay watchable and entertaining. The pair play things very convincingly as teens out to only have fun, who get in way over their heads. The authority figures are "real" folks just trying to solve this problem before time ticks away.
The DVD has a solid commentary by director John Badham and writers Lawrence Lasker and Walter F. Parkes. The track discusses the film and its place as an 80's cult classic. The disc's only other extra is the movie's theatrical trailer. As a way to compensate for the lack of additional bonus material, MGM gives us an 8-page booklet with trivia and production notes.
Thanks to cable and home video, WarGames, has had continued new life, after its original theatrical release. With a case of 80's nostalgia, I can safely recommend this film