Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
What's it about
A young 'hacker' plays a terrorist action game on the internet against a government supercomputer. He does this of course to earn money to take a class trip and impress a girl. I'm not making this up. But of course, this game is designed to weed out terrorists.
Is it good movie?
Just another sequel to a movie that didn't need one, this low budget movie is pretty stupid. If you've seen the first one which hasn't aged well, not much has changed here. Instead of missile crises, we worry about terrorism. The problem here is that the plot (although needlessly complicated in some ways) is just not strong enough to be believable. The supercomputer RIPLEY is evil and we all know that advanced AI is not to be trusted, blah blah blah.
The writing is bad and I simply couldn't believe this movie. The feds come after this poor kid who is forced to run for his life. That's right, these government agents are too stupid to listen to reason and simply have to capture this kid and take him down. I mean, the whole movie is so inane. The logic is so ridiculous that even a 12 year old would probably scratch their head and say 'huh'?
Another big problem with this movie is the cast, who really are not very talented. The lead characters are far too old to be high school students and come off bland and uninterested. The movie even tries to link itself to the last one, and that is really laughable.
Ultimately this is a movie that was made for rube hicks who really believe in stupid conspiracy theories and constantly listen to 'terror level' updates on the radio.
Video / Audio
The audio and video here were from a screener copy, so I won't judge.
The making of Wargames: The Dead Codeis a short 15 minute press kit that somehow tries to sell this movie as decent and necessary with a straight face. It's a lot of glad-handing and typical banter.
There's also a commentary with Stuart Gillard and Matt Lanter and I was very sad to have to listen to it because I didn't want to have to watch this movie again. The commentary is sort of dull and every few minutes or so there's a fair amount of dead air. These guys have the 'this is what's happening on screen' commentary disorder.
There's also a still gallery and some trailers.
As I said before, this movie didn't need to be made and it belongs on late night cable TV. Even the first WarGames seems more plausible today than this stupid movie and that's saying something. Someone might find something redeemable in this, but I'm not sure who they are.