Shall We Play a Game?

WarGames is probably the most dated movie to come out of the 80’s. In fact, I avoided watching the movie for a long time, because I thought it would be too dated to enjoy. Even though that’s not something I’d normally do. As I type this review on my user friendly personal laptop, I think about just how primitive computers used to be. The only time I used a computer with a black screen and green symbols was when I was a child. It was at the library and I thought it was the coolest thing ever. Of course as time goes on technology gets better and bulky computers have gotten slimmer. So you just have to watch WarGames from an 80’s perspective. WarGames is about the military defense program. It’s sort of hard to follow, but from what I could gather there’s a growing threat of nuclear war. The thing that really grabbed my attention was the teen lead characters. The 80’s was a great time for teen movies and WarGames is no exception. Matthew Broderick is a hacker who accidentally taps into a selection of military war games. He inadvertently starts World War III, which leads to him and his girlfriend (of course played by Ally Sheedy) having to go on the run to stop it. I also enjoyed the tense looming threat atmosphere the movie has. WarGames may be dated, but it’s just as entertaining as it was when it first came out.

David (foreground) and Jennifer (background) play a game

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