Wargames 2: The Dead Code
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A brilliant computer hacker must race against time and away from the FBI as he inadvertently begins World War III in this thrilling sequel to the smash hit WarGames.
A quarter-century after the 1983 hit film War Games, starring Matthew Broderick as a teen who taps into a military computer and nearly starts World War III, comes War Games: The Dead Code, a sequel for the digital age. Immersed in post-9/11 paranoia, the story concerns Philadelphia high-schooler Will Farmer (Matt Lanter), inadvertently linked to a terrorist organization while playing an online game with a secret government computer called "Ripley." On the run in Quebec with a girlfriend, Annie (Amanda Walsh), Will tries to stay ahead of authorities using only his wits. Until, that is, Will and Annie run into Dr. Stephen Falken (Gary Reineke), a character introduced in War Games as one of the "Joshua" computer program's inventors and now widely thought to be dead. Meanwhile, Ripley's keepers cast a net over Will's life--even arresting his mother--but eventually come to see that Ripley is attempting to overtake control over everything and lead civilization, once again, to the brink of Armageddon.
Handsomely directed by Stuart Gillard (television's Charmed), the visually busy War Games: The Dead Code makes much of a modest budget. A bunch of fine, Canadian actors give the computer-jargon-filled story a lot of dramatic muscle and interesting conflict to chew on, particularly Colm Feore as Ripley's arrogant program manager and Chuck Shamata as one of the doomsday machine's handlers. The film's suspenseful build to a thrilling climax is sometimes a little hard to follow, but one gets the idea just fine. --Tom Keogh
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Top Customer Reviews
Sure, the plot was very close to the original movie, there were places where the dialoge was even groan worthy, but it wasn't enough to bog me down to the point where I couldn't enjoy the movie. The one aspect of the movie that surprised me was the CGI and action sequences. I was expecting something along the lines of 'A Sound of Thunder', but what was presented was much closer to what I've seen on shows like Lost and 24.
There isn't alot to connect the cult film of the 80's with this film until the last half of the film when you find out a nice plot point that allow for a nice cameo from Dr. Falkner and Joshua.
The reviews I've read on other sites seem to focus too much on how similar in plot this movie is to the original, or that none of the original actors return to reprise their roles. I didn't really see a need to include original actors except for the role of Dr. Falkner, and the original actor John Wood had retired from acting long before this movie was even though about. I thought Gary Reineke did a very passable Dr. Falkner in this sequel, and when you hear Joshua ask "Shall we play a game?" again you can't help but smile.
As for the plot, I did see the similarities, but also saw its divergences. It felt like the plot was equal parts War Games, The Bourne Identity, and Hackers. It is a Direct-to-DVD movie so I wasn't expecting alot of originality, but there was definately a good mix to keep me interested.
While this movie bears all the marks of being a lesser sequel, it stands out as one of the better direct-to-DVD movies I've seen.
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For being a sequel to the amazing WarGames, this thing is an atrocity.
It makes no sense, redefines the laws of physics, recasts fan favorites,...Read more