Wargames (1983)

how much of this movie originates from previous “cold war” sequences?

what happens to the outsider here? Joshua or David? the computer or the hacker?

where is the enemy? is it non-existent?
see one of the final sequences


4 Responses to “Wargames (1983)”

  1. After careful consideration of this week’s readings in conjunction with the screening of the film, WarGames, it comes as no surprise why so many critics feel that the film is remarkably affluent. The manner and style used to convey the feeling of fun and excitement surrounding emerging technologies, while at the same time accurately representing the horror and fear of humanities inability to control the unknown, is a reflection of the director’s skill. However, the truly entertaining aspect of the film lies not in its presentation of new technology, but its incorporation of the unrelenting fear presented by Global Thermonuclear war, which was making a remarkable reappearance in the early 80s.

  2. Hailey Conner Says:

    Having seen this film before I already had some notion of what the film was about already. However seeing it again with knowledge of the context the film was made in was helpful in interpreting it.

    Technology needs to be controlled by humans, despite the dangers it poses. Unless we can build a machine with emotions or a consciousness we cannot trust everything to them, even that has risks. To see that all one needs to do is look at the matrix or the terminator movies.

  3. from what you both say, it sounds like we are dealing with two looming fears then: the fear of an upcoming, yet futile, nuclear war (the term “global thermonuclear war” scares a lot more than just “nuclear war” or WWIII) and the fear that it’ll be started, by mistake, by those very machines we built to regulate and control our military apparatus.
    if we want to add more, there is also another fear looming in this movie: how about the intervention of some irresponsible, naive individual who inadvertently starts it and is no longer able to stop it?

  4. Christine Kircos Says:

    I like to begin by saying that I generally liked this movie and thought it was a fun sci-fi movie with a great 80’s feel. I think the character of David it a perfect protagonist because he does embody an idea of an American teenager, but also what I think is important to note is that through his youth, he does serve to symbolize the new computer generation that is going to be arising. In this sequence the outsider/hacker type character David transitions from being alienated to being accepted into the fold of the mainstream society, in this case the military. I think that one interpretation to the ending is that technology is not the enemy, but overreliance on it is a dangerous path and humanity will always be needed, the machine can never replace that.

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