10 years ago, nobody could figure out we would be stuck to our mobile devices 24/7. Have you ever wondered where is the technology taking us? Nobody knows for sure, but the future is upon us. Technology plays a big role in our daily routine (you just have to look around and count how many devices you’re using at the same time) but also in the film industry. Yes, there’s a huge geek movie scene out there which evolves as the technology world does.
We all have a little geek inside, right? The geek is generally fascinated by subjects like science fiction, especially literary, television series, video games and movies like Star Wars, Star Trek, Stargate, Back to the Future and The Matrix, among others. Our Pensar geek stars have selected their favourite tech movies of all time, and we think they all are well worth the watch.
Also known as the definitive movie about Steve Jobs, this tech-world biopic traces the fortunes of personal-computer companies Apple and Microsoft from their dark dorm-room and backyard origins to their very public battle for corporate supremacy.
Produced by Walt Disney in 1982, Tron is one of the earliest feature films to reflect the video-game revolution thirty years ago. The film narrates the adventures of a programmer that is introduced into the circuitry of a computer where the programs have their own life and personality. Tron was one of the first films that used computer graphics, plus its own visual style, and it still has some kind of influence nowadays, as seen on The Strokes’ music video “12:51” from 2003.
High school student David Lightman (Matthew Broderick) unwittingly hacks into a military supercomputer while searching for new video games. After starting a game of Global Thermonuclear War, Lightman leads the supercomputer to activate the nation's nuclear arsenal in response to his simulated threat as the Soviet Union.
A pair of nerdy high-schoolers, outcasts to everyone, take to their computer and magically bring to life a stunningly beautiful woman whose devotion to them- and not to mention her special powers- make them the most desired kids on the block. Starring Kelly LeBrock, one of the most popular sex-symbols back in the 80s.
This is the story of a young man who falls in love with his beautiful upstairs neighbour. The only problem is that his computer shares his taste in women, and will do anything to have her to "himself." It is considered one of the most brilliant computer-phobia examples from the '80s, and includes an amazing title song by Giorgio Moroder.
Terry (Whoopi Goldberg) works for a bank, and uses computers to communicate with clients all over the world. One day she gets a coded message from an unknown source. After decoding the message, Terry becomes embroiled in an espionage ring. People are killed, and Terry is chased.
The story tells of Johnny Mnemonic, a high-tech courier who has had his brain altered to serve as secure storage for sensitive data. Johnny discovers that he is the target of a hit man sent by a criminal organization seeking to ensure that no one is able to access the information stored in Johnny's brain. "Johnny Mnemonic" is an early example of the genre known as "cyberpunk," fiction characterized by advanced technology and disintegrating societies.
The Lawnmower Man was the first film to explore virtual reality technology and boasts a dazzling collection of computer-animated sequences. The story concerns the slightly-mad scientist Dr Lawrence Angelo (Pierce Brosnan), who as part of a secret government agency called Cybertech has been experimenting with something termed "intelligence enhancement."
1978: 12-year-old David Freeman, playing in the woods near his home, is knocked unconscious. He awakens and heads home, only to find strangers living there. He also finds that the year is 1986, and that he's been officially missing for eight years. NASA officials determine that David was abducted by aliens during his blackout, and hope to scan the boy's brain in order to unlock a few secrets of the universe.
Teenaged trailer park resident Alex, obsessed with the Starfighter video game, is visited by the game's inventor, the extraterrestrial Centauri, who persuades him to use his skills in actual intergalactic combat. By the time Alex arrives at the Starfighter base station and learns the details of the war he's been drafted into, he pines for the trailer park and returns to it, only to find he's been followed by the evil alien assassin Xur, whom he must fight in order to save not just himself but earth and all of mankind.
So what's your favourite? Can you think of any other good one? We'd love to hear your comments!