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Hacker (2016)

With the help of his new friends Alex Danyliuk turns to a life of crime and identity theft.

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(as Akan Sataev)

Writers:

(story), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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Alex
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Kira
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Sye
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Zed
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Curtis
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Alex's Mother
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Alex's Father
Aidan Besu ...
6-year-old Alex
Rian Michelsen ...
13-year-old Alex
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Federal Reserve Chairman
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Randy Bickle
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Robin
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Chris
Darryl Flatman ...
Tommy
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Randy The Car Dealer
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Storyline

When his family hits financial trouble, Alex Danyliuk turns to a life of crime and identity theft, with the help of Sye, a street-wise hustler who introduces him to the world of black market trading, Kira, a young female hacker, and contacts on the dark web. After finding success in causing financial market chaos, they gain the attention of Z, a mysterious masked figure, who's the head of an organization known as Anonymous, and a number one target by the FBI. Written by Mitch Swan

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Real Story. Real Hacker.

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language throughout including some sexual references, and a bloody image | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

2 December 2016 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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The director and producer first spoke about the story in June 2013. By August the film was fully financed, and a year later, the film was fully completed. It shot in Toronto, New York, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Kazakhstan, edited in Los Angeles, and finished in Toronto. See more »

Goofs

Alex explains that he is "saving up for college," but no Canadian would refer to university of college as the latter is equivalent to what Americans refer to as community college, which is not something to which anyone would aspire. See more »

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Writer/director - uh oh....
21 December 2016 | by See all my reviews

I like a good hacker movie. This starts brilliantly - but goes nowhere and flounders around like a, er, flounder in a floundering thing.

As others have said, it's not so much about hacking as about scamming. It's full of very poor research and just plain wrong technical stuff. Sigh.

That there's 'something off' is so obvious but the characters don't twig. Uh oh... Dummies! Oh, and the film summary itself gives half the game away.

Apart from that, the plot just did't hang together.

Writer/director - uh oh....

He tries to bring in a character arc where the protagonist learns the errors of his ways but, heck, it's enforced, not realistic given the character and, well, total dumbbells.

Add a terrible, contrived unrealistic and dumb ending and you've got a so-so movie for people who don't know Windows from door frames - no, strike that - for people who are still looking for the Any Key!

Yup, I'll say it again - Writer/director - uh oh....


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