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Number of Times Seen – at least 5 times (Cable in the 80’s, 30 Aug 1999 and 1 Dec 2019)
Brief Synopsis – A computer programmer is sucked into a digital world and must fight his way out when the AI of that world tries to destroy him.
My Take on it – When trying to think of films to watch for this blogathon, this film and its sequel instantly came to mind because they present a very iconic role for Bridges.
The story is quite clever and works so well despite the fact that it is very much ahead of its time.
The knowledge that people had about computers and the digital world when this film came out was very minimal and the film is probably more understandable to people now than t was when it originally came out.
The world has changed so much in the 37 years since this film was made that many of the concept and dialogue are more relevant to the world than they seemed to be when it was made.
Jeff Bridges is great in the lead role and makes us care so much about what his character says or does.
His camaraderie and chemistry with co-star Brice Boxlietner also helps make this story even more intense and impactful as things move along for these characters to try and save both the world we live in and the digital world that they inhabit.
The film’s special effects look extremely primitive from today’s standpoint but when thinking about how much work probably went into creating such a unique and impressive otherworldly experience, it’s so much easier to appreciate the way that the effects help tell this story.
Bottom Line – Really fun film that is well ahead of its time. When this film came out very few people knew much about computers and the digital world, but in the 37 years since, the world has changed so much that the story is more understanding and relevant today than it was back then. Bridges is great in the lead and he has great chemistry with costar Boxlietner as they try to work together to save both the digital world and the modern world. The special effects are quite primitive by today’s standards but they are still quite impressive to look at because it is done so well for its time and helps make this film feel so much otherworldly. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The film was disqualified from receiving an Academy Award nomination for special effects, because the Academy felt at the time that using computers was “cheating”. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)
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