WARGAMES: A classic Cold War thriller Mar 26, 2020 22:24:50 GMT -8 Shaliza, disneyhead, and 2 more like this
Post by nerdherder51 on Mar 26, 2020 22:24:50 GMT -8
I was a young teenager when this filmed arrived in theaters in 1983. Matthew Broderick was an up and coming star as was co star Ally Sheedy. In the early eighties computer technology was slowly becoming a household appliance and the public was fascinated with the newness and seemingly untapped potential of computers in the home. Hollywood had already tackled the impact of computers in our society before in several movies and television shows in the late '70's and early '80's with such entries as TRON and Knight Rider.
The seventies and eighties were smack in the middle of the Cold War, a stand off between the United States and Communist Russia which was part of the USSR. Both nations had nuclear weapons capabilities and both threatened the other with obliteration if the weapons were ever used in a full blown nuclear war, a concept known as MAD or Mutually Assured Destruction. The United States had already engaged in a number of proxy wars with the USSR and Communist China by this time (Korea, Vietnam, Cuba, the Central American Crisis, Afghanistan). The threat of an all out nuclear conflict seemed more real than ever.
Wargames tapped into that fear and combined with the technology of computers to create a compelling and thrilling film that addressed not only the senselessness of MAD, but also the role of computer technology in our military service. The film had an impact on audiences then and despite the PC's shown not necessarily aging well the story still packs a punch.
Interestingly, this film was the first time that the then novel concept known as the "internet" was implied or suggested to the American public.
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