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This week’s topic is…… The Digital Wave – Movies featuring a plot that is centered on technology. Share your movie picks on your blog and visit your fellow Monday Movie Meme participants to read what they are offering up. Remember and link back to Nicole at The Madlab Post. Here are my choices:

I like the sound of this subject although one of my main choices (Swordfish) has already been taken, I shall start today with a film that shifted the boundaries of special effects in 1999, The Matrix. Written by Andy and Larry (now Lana) Wachowski, the movie depicts a future that everyone thinks is real but is in fact a computer simulated one in order for machines to subdue the human population and continue to feed off the energy human bodies provide.

Starring Keanu Reeves and Laurence Fishburne and the marvellous Hugo Weaving, the film gave the special effects world “Bullet Time” which was a new thing in the movie world. It involves the use of many cameras to give the appearance of one aspect of the shot appearing in slow motion while the rest of the shot moves in normal time. Very clever and it looked great. We see a lot of films use this technique today. The film itself centres around the uses of technology and it creates a whole new universe that is so realistic, the people that live in it think it is actual reality. The movie spawned two sequels to tell the story of Neo a computer hacker whom it is prophesied will bring about the destruction of “The Matrix” and return the world to normality in a post apocalyptic time.

Next today is one of my favourite films of all time, Tron. Released in 1982 by Disney, it tells the story of Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges), a computer programmer who hacks into the mainframe computers at ENCOM to prove that its senior executive Ed Dillinger (David Warner) has stolen the credit for a video game that he created. Flynn ends up being sucked into the digital world and having to fight his way through a computer reality to find his way back to the real world and in the process prove he was right.

The movie also stars Bruce Boxleitner (Babylon 5) as Tron who helps Flynn navigate his way through the digital world. I loved this movie as a kid and I waited 30 years for a sequel to be made and it finally came about last year. In 3D no less. I actually travelled from Aberdeen to Glasgow to see this movie in the IMAX theater which is the only one in Scotland. It was well worth it. There is an animated TV series in the works apparently that will tell the story of what happened between the two movies, but a third movie could also be a possibility. I look forward to more news on this.

Last today is another of my favourite movies from my childhood regarding technology is War Games. IN the early 1980s, computers were becoming more widespread and this of course spilled over into Hollywood and gave the basis for some great stories. This 1983 classic stars Matthew Broderick as David Lightman, a teenager who breaks into the US Army’s super computer WOPR (War Operation Plan Response) in order to play a computer game. This is of course what he doesn’t realise and it causes all sorts of problems for him and across the globe, potentially fatal.

I still love this movie that also stars Ally Sheedy as Jennifer Mack who becomes his girlfriend and unwittingly involved in this situation. I suppose you could say that a lot of computer/hacker based movies that have been created since have taken a lot of influence from War Games and that is no bad thing in my opinion. A sequel did come out in 2008, but it was a direct to DVD affair so I wouldn’t say that it is up to much in comparison to the original.

I hope you have enjoyed my choices. Lets hear yours and remember to check out other blogs and link back in the comments. Thanks for stopping by and having a read.

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