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Author Topic: Top 10 Worst Portrayals of Technology in Film  (Read 5667 times)

zridling

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Top 10 Worst Portrayals of Technology in Film
« on: December 17, 2006, 05:09:08 PM »
GideonTech has a list of the Top 10 Worst Portrayals of Technology in Film. I couldn't finish the first hour of the winner, which wasn't even on my radar. The screenshots and reasons why these are so bad is a good read.

(10) Wargames - 1983
(09) The Italian Job - 2003
(08) Antitrust - 2001
(07) Hackers - 1995
(06) Transporter 2 - 2005
(05) Swordfish - 2001
(04) Goldeneye - 1995
(03) Mission Impossible 1 - 1996
(02) Jurassic Park - 1993
(01) Firewall - 2006

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 — Ever notice how most everyone has an Apple laptop in the movies. Why is that?
 — And why were cellphones so freakishly large in the early 90s? Some of them looked like the combat phones used in the Korean War!
 — And someone tell me why "Independence Day" didn't make this list with its Mac virus!
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Re: Top 10 Worst Portrayals of Technology in Film
« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2006, 06:45:15 PM »
While I agree with most, how can war games be on the "Worst" list? It is by far, one of the more accurate accounts of technology at its time. While the problem I have with it is the fact that back in the day you couldnt use the old style modem like he did (auto-dial, since you had to manually establish the call first and then put it on the receiver), it was fairly accurate.

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Re: Top 10 Worst Portrayals of Technology in Film
« Reply #2 on: December 17, 2006, 08:46:08 PM »
i agree with josh that putting war games on that list is a crime and travesty.

relatively speaking, war games may be one of the most accurate protrayals of computer technology ever seen in a mainstream movie.
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Re: Top 10 Worst Portrayals of Technology in Film
« Reply #3 on: December 17, 2006, 09:29:10 PM »
yeah, how come ID4 didn't make it to the list? infecting alien ships with a virus.. how did they interface?

btw, i think Antitrust is quite a decent tech/thriller movie.

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Re: Top 10 Worst Portrayals of Technology in Film
« Reply #4 on: December 17, 2006, 09:45:27 PM »
What we need is a top 10 most accurate portayal of technology list.

Also, why did the matrix not make the list? The idea that they shove a metal rod which is about half a foot in length into the back of your skull is laughable. How in the hell would they have implanted that without damaging the brain or nervous system/cerebelum which is near that area?

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Re: Top 10 Worst Portrayals of Technology in Film
« Reply #5 on: December 18, 2006, 12:12:06 AM »
What we need is a top 10 most accurate portayal of technology list.

Also, why did the matrix not make the list? The idea that they shove a metal rod which is about half a foot in length into the back of your skull is laughable. How in the hell would they have implanted that without damaging the brain or nervous system/cerebelum which is near that area?

I mean no offense, but it made me giggle that the part of The Matrix you felt is more 'unreal' wasn't the idea of the world being virtual and people reading the world on a computer screen  ;D :P

Josh, could I have a screencast of the world for Christmas please  ;D I feel short-changed in my abilities  :Thmbsup:

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Re: Top 10 Worst Portrayals of Technology in Film
« Reply #6 on: December 18, 2006, 12:18:58 AM »
I could have listed several parts, but that was the first and foremost in my mind.

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Re: Top 10 Worst Portrayals of Technology in Film
« Reply #7 on: December 18, 2006, 12:39:44 AM »
Josh, that's hilarious. I just rewatched 'The Matrix' last night and just NOW noticed that the metal spike Trinity keeps shoving up everyone is so long that it would rip right through your freakin' forehead! (And it sounds like a Samurai sword being shoved in and out.) Not to mention that the idea of using or farming humans for their electrical output is unbelievably inefficient — a dairy cow's daily dung alone produces 50 times more watts than a human body. And don't laugh Redhat, the study of epistemology has been around for millenia — how would you know the difference?

That article purposefully excluded all futuristic science fiction movies, so that knocks out Star Trek, and a million other films, and thus explains why Jurassic Park (1993) is on the list. But they did leave out Sneakers (1992), where the computer hacker guys were asking such gems as: "What's encryption again?" TV's CSI is ridiculous with being able to open and database query and instantly profile and catch a crook, as if all databases on the planet are inconnected. And no mention of Armageddon (1998)!

As for accurate portrayals, it has to be 1999's Office Space, whose feat had to be stolen from Richard Pryor's character in Superman 3 (1983);
— I don't care; I still love Hal 9000 in 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) reading crewmen's lips and singing "Daisy... Daisy....";
— As for weapons, safe-cracking, and surveillance tech, Heat (1995) was dead-on, and one of my favorite films, except where Ashley Judd's character tells Robert De Niro: "I'm sick of it! Sick of it!" marking on of the most laughably bad acting moments in movie history.
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Re: Top 10 Worst Portrayals of Technology in Film
« Reply #8 on: December 18, 2006, 01:30:59 AM »
The most accurate portrayal of computer technology has to be the printer error scene in "Office Space" where he is cursing out the printer for displaying an incoherent error message when it doesnt work.

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Re: Top 10 Worst Portrayals of Technology in Film
« Reply #9 on: December 18, 2006, 01:45:24 AM »
Oh yeah, and they gave that printer and fax machine the business later.

Another damn-awful movie was Contact (1997). Matthew McConaughey as spiritual leader of the world, that's all I'm gonna say about that.

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Re: Top 10 Worst Portrayals of Technology in Film
« Reply #10 on: December 18, 2006, 02:56:44 AM »
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Matthew McConaughey as spiritual leader of the world, that's all I'm gonna say about that.
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Re: Top 10 Worst Portrayals of Technology in Film
« Reply #11 on: December 18, 2006, 06:16:32 AM »
Personally, I feel that "Contact" was a very good movie. I mean, Jodie Foster was the star ;D

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Re: Top 10 Worst Portrayals of Technology in Film
« Reply #12 on: December 18, 2006, 10:48:02 AM »
How about the thirteenth floor anyone?

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Re: Top 10 Worst Portrayals of Technology in Film
« Reply #13 on: December 18, 2006, 10:55:48 AM »
Yup, I agree with mouser and Josh, WTF is Wargames doing on this list?
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Re: Top 10 Worst Portrayals of Technology in Film
« Reply #14 on: December 18, 2006, 11:02:48 AM »
How about the newer movie, Operation Takedown - the story of Kevin Mitnick, VERY accurate portayal.

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Re: Top 10 Worst Portrayals of Technology in Film
« Reply #15 on: December 20, 2006, 03:36:41 PM »
Just heard about this:

Wargames 2: The Dead Code

Oh noes!


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Re: Top 10 Worst Portrayals of Technology in Film
« Reply #16 on: February 12, 2007, 01:21:42 PM »
Because I remembered the fun I had as a young boy ... I bought some weeks ago the full package of Flash Gordon: http://www.imagesjou...us/introduction3.htm
;D The increadible technical fantasy and realization of effects in this film is it worth to be the first in the row! The actors´ brilliance has also to be mentioned as a milestone in film history.  :D

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Re: Top 10 Worst Portrayals of Technology in Film
« Reply #17 on: February 12, 2007, 03:21:24 PM »
You think the acting in that is good, you should revisit the early 80's tv series...
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