WarGames (1983)

Review

Not only was WarGames one of the first films to tap into fears about the dangers of technology at the hands of mad geniuses, but it’s easily the best of the so-called techno-paranoia genre as well. Plus, it’s the movie that put Matthew Broderick and Ally Sheedy on cinema’s map, and the picture was nominated for three Academy Awards in 1983, including one for Walter Parkes and Lawrence Lasker’s brilliant screenplay. At the time, WarGames also sparked an almost inconceivable interest in computer hacking among our juvenile intelligentsia, and the movie’s effect on Hollywood and the American consciousness can still be seen today. These days, huge tech companies and government snooping may be more frightening realities than lone hacker-types, but the resonant phrase ‘Shall we play a game?’ still retains its power.