Wargames: The Dead Code (2008, USA)

Wargames 2 is one of the worst sequels I have ever seen. The first one, 25 years ago with Matthew Broderick, was trendsetting, full of new concepts and ideas and became a classic 1980’s movie. This one will accomplish none of the above. The plot is mostly repeating the original. The actors attempted to make something out of a misguided script, but did not manage to do very well. The two main characters were supposed to be high school students, but the actors playing them were 24 and 26 years old and their age showed. Don’t get me wrong I am not ageist and I think actors of all ages should get great roles. But the effect on this movie of employing older actors was that it took away whatever sense of reality it might have had. Which was not much to begin with. The only good thing I can say about the movie, that it showed how much surveillance is present in our cities and how post 9/11 paranoia works in security circles. I ended up fast forwarding the last third of the movie (with subtitles on)  I was so bored.

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