Much better than it was planned to be. (by Vassago)
I believe many people started watching this movie expecting it to be very bad - and I hope many will be as pleasantly surprised as I was. It isn't bad. In fact, it's quite good. Yes, it oversimplifies a lot though compared with "Hackers", it seems ultrarealistic... and, as far as Kevin's real story goes, it makes up some things that never happened for instance, Kevin and Shimomura did not meet in life - but overall, it's definitely worth watching. Those who followed the way its script had been changing over the years, certainly remember how bad and unfair it was <more>
in the beginning - it portrayed Kevin as a criminal of no feelings, and was extremely one-sided, based only on Shimomura's and Markoff's book and relations, and shown from their point of view. Hiring a new writer and looking for sources in a book other than that by M&S helped, however, and the result is a pretty fair, objective movie that shows Kevin as a human, not as a monster. The only thing that should be severely criticized is throwing in the scene with Kevin attempting to distribute Shimomura's nonexistent S.A.T.A.N.-like utility, but other than that, the script treats things fair. See this movie... and while watching it, remember that although at this moment Kevin is already free, he is not allowed to access any kind of computer - which means that he cannot even use a cell phone or a cash register... Perhaps a new movie, "Kevin Free", might portrait his life nowadays.
This movie was great and the movie portrayed Kevin Mitnick in a fair manner. He had some valid arguments for what he did and Skeet did a wonderful job of showing his emotions and obsessions. If you are obsessed with the internet and computers, don't miss this one!
I must try to give my post here, last time they have cut it me off (by EasternMafia)
as i am a crime writer, and know all about... movie is a great to watch, simply because you know what you are going to watch. There is so many titles with great plot, but actually nothing going on inside. The only movies which can be connect with this one as I know are:Thief 1981 -- zero points Swordfish 2001 - great movie Hackers 1995 - waste of the time The Conversation 1974 - fantastic Torrente - funny movie ...probably there some more. including TV episodes which are for kids mostly...I would like to see more of it based on electronic crimes... if you know some you can post <more>
me.About the movie. Production is fine. Actors could be better but is fine... About the plot, fine, but telephone phreaking will not work out at my knowledge. The schematic which is shown in the begging has nothing to do with it. They sucks his information from laptop* with some device like a ??? yea right.... laptop generate signal just which they want...He can not connect with somebody if he has computer turned of and having a sex with his girlfriend? I HATE THIS IN THE MOVIES! using stand by on LAN? The same with the ending of the movie -- o common? Is there any better ending than that? The way how they get the factory information... it is great thing'' - no doubt. Score 10.How to found a hacker: talking at chatting rooms... this is true!Having a free tel access... putting a bug /worm/ inside... I will let somebody else to judge about it. quotes: ''i know the guy who knows the guy'' they have trace him by original forwarded ip receive from the server - that is how they catch
Not bad at all. A worthwhile film to watch on the merits of filmmaking. Subject-wise, it's DEFINITELY more realistic than the God-awful "Hackers," which portrayed the hackers as ultra-cool players rather than the lonely, self-esteemed-challenged losers that they really are. Look, folks, "hacking" isn't glamorous. There IS a reason it's done mostly by teenagers and kids in their '20s who refuses to grow up. It's terribly boring, languid, and the result is never worth all the effort put into it. Consider the losers who phreaks phones for example. So they <more>
save .35 cents on a phone call. Big whoops. Or the guys who has to sleep in dumpsters and fight through all the garbage just to steal some poor sap's credit card or social security number of dial-up account. How fun. The simple fact is, hackers and wanna-be hackers are juveniles who has no life to live, so they spend their time hours and hours hoping and praying to get into someone's phone system and access their computers. And for what reason? Maybe to delete some files or change a website around. Once again, big whoops.This movie treats hacking perfectly. They're lonely, they're self-deluded into thinking what they are doing are "noble." Free code for the whole world! Yeah, right, and I suppose it's just fine to steal a PC game out of CompUSA, right? After all, it's the same thing. You're stealing someone's hard work. Did you notice that in this movie Mitnick has exactly ONE FRIEND? That's actually ONE MORE than real 'hackers' have. Trust me, I've seen a lot of them at school.
I feel compelled to first respond to everyone who can't get over the fact that this is a work of fiction. It's written by a biased party and I imagine underwent hollywood sensationalism. There certainly are a few little elements that arguably smack of a USA Original hacker movie, but I find these for the most part to be hackishly appropriate or reasonable hollywood compromises, so I don't see why anyone would be terribly upset. There's something called suspension of disbelief and most people at some point or another have to apply it to enjoy something.As for the film itself, I <more>
give it a solid B across the board. The acting and writing were pretty good. When Ulrich says "just have to know" and "because he can", it is easily the single best portrayal of a hacker on film that I know of, documentary or otherwise. *And the way Ulrich and Amanda Peet handled the failed intimacy scene is simply human*. I personally enjoyed the cinematography. It's very fast paced, and while I'm sure that's not for everyone, I couldn't imagine it any other way.Takedown is definitely a movie worth seeing. Even a must see for some.
The most realistic hacking movie, I have ever seen (by cyberist)
Before I saw this movie, my favourite movie was 'Hackers', which I very much recommend to see if you liked this one, now I would place it first together with Takedown. I liked that in this movie unlike the majority of this kind, most of the 'hacking' stuff even made some sense. Also all character especially Kevin Mitnick and Tsutomu Shimomura are played very convincing.
Great, low budget film (by Alex-372)
Takedown is the story of Kevin Mitnick and Tsutomu Shimamura's effort to bring him down. Whatever the accuracies of the story and considering the egos involved, I guess we'll never know , this is a pretty riveting tale of an underground hacker playing and defeating the system. Which is all you could ever ask for in a movie. :- Johnny Depp lookalike Skeet Ulrich, Russell Wong, Donal Logue, Cara Buono, Amanda Peet and Angela Featherstone make this low budget movie worth while.Whether or not the real Kevin Mitnick is a nice fellow or what he did was totally legal doesn't detract <more>
much from this ripping yarn. The production values are ok but what would you expect from a guy who spends most of his time sitting behind a monitor in a small room? , however, the concept makes it more than worth while. Especially the "social engineering" segments are cool. Not to be missed if you're at all interested in movies about sub-cultures and the guerilla mentality.
Without going deep into the the story I can say that if you want to know about the real world under your computer and the privacy that never been out there you're In the right place. The movie Takedown will show you a small piece of hacking in the past and maybe the name "history of hacking" can be correct too.you can find some of the items from the movie in the spy-shops around so in my opinion just for the knowledge the movie must be seen. In the movie there are some point who are too stuck ,and some time there is no point for long focus in one position. I can see by the movie <more>
the vision of the creator ,and he did understand the story and the "How" not like many times in movies without any contact to the reality ,however he failed in focusing too much on the technology and mess the option to show how really hacker feel against and from the authorities.Enjoy
Great movie about Internet-crime it is a crime, or isn't it....? (by Oyster-6)
Even though the movie deals with computers, the Internet and so on, it still is an exciting thriller for those people that don't like or are familiar with high-tech stuff you don't have to be a mass-murdered to like "Se7en" either .I heard about this story a few years ago, when Kevin Mitnick was arrested, but I had no idea that a movie had been made about it. When someone suggested to rent it in the video-store, I didn't quite know what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised!It is more serious than "The Net" which is somewhat unreal because I still <more>
can't see Sandra Bullock as a hard-core computer-nerd, and better than "Hackers" which is too much focussed on teenagers.So, if you'd like to see a good thriller without bloodshed: see "Takedown".