War Games is certainly a product of the Cold-War era times it was created. But its central themes still resonate today. Like how much control do we hand over to computers? And how do we protect important institutions in these days of an open and freely available internet? These themes are well covered in John Badham’s film and told in a way that entertains and educates. Matthew Broderick is perfect as the teenager that unknowingly stumbles across a top secret military computer, and accidentally starts world war three. His naivety causes the initial problems, but then also doesn’t hold him back after he’s caught and encounters a narrow minded system unwilling to listen and understand the size of the issue. War Games is a great movie, and a great reminder to that we shouldn’t totally remove the human equation from systems that effect real people.
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