Conflict Analyzation (Hackers movie) Essay

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Conflict Analyzation ("Hackers" movie)

Beneath the world we know is the world they inhabit. They penetrate; ravage private and
publicly owned computer systems. It’s not something they do to pass the time but it is
their life. They can crack any code and get inside any system. They infect computers with
viruses and steal information for their personal usage. They posses a superior
intelligence and use it in a destructive and anti social manner. They are domestic
terrorists. They are a culture of their own…they are hackers.

The movie conflict I chose for this assignment is yes, about hackers. The movie is called
“Hackers”. I chose this particular subject matter because my personal information was
stolen from Ebay by a hacker. The hacker then used my information to purchase items
online. Needless to say, I wasn’t happy about the experience but I some how find myself
drawn to what it’s like to be a hacker. In fact, “Hackers” is one of my favorite movies.

“Hackers” stars Angelina Jolie, Jonny Lee Miller, Fisher Stevens, Renoly Santiago, Matthew
Lillard, and many others. This was the first movie for many actors/actresses as we now
identify them on the big screen in the theaters. For this particular movie, it was
difficult to pick a specific conflict as there were several conflicts to choose from.
After many days of thinking, I chose a conflict between Dade/Zero Cool/Crash Override
(Jonny Lee Miller) and Eugene Belford/The Plague (Fisher Stevens) as it pertains to many
subject manners discussed in the classroom.

Briefly summarize the introduction of the movie, Dade (Jonny Lee Miller) was eleven years
old when he crashed 1,507 computer systems including Wallstreet’s trading system. Fast
forwarding seven years, Dade moves to New York with his mother as part of making a better
career move for the two of them. It doesn’t take long for Dade to befriend a group of
hackers in his senior year of high school. In doing so, it also comes with a bag of
unforeseen trouble.

Joey (Jessie Bradford) is arrested and Dade is instantly connected to him who is later
approached by The Plague who is a security officer for a large corporate company. The
Plague had made a virus to cause a world wide economical disaster in the Elliston Mineral
computer system. One day, Dade returns from school, he is attacked by the FBI and placed
into his bedroom. After a few minutes of interrogating, he is faced with a difficult
decision of exposing his new found friends or lose his mother and go to jail.

The Plague used a threatening and demanding tactic in trying to get Dade to summit to his
request of getting the copied file from Joey. He used intimidation and threatened
consequences for Dade if he didn’t comply to his requests. He also implemented Roger
Dawson’s “Good Guy Bad Guy” tactic. After allowing the FBI to interrogate Dade in a harsh
manner, The Plague asked for them to leave the room so he could have a moment with Dade.
After closing the door behind the FBI guys, he said, “loser”. This is the first initial
move for The Plague to portray himself as ‘the good guy’. The first conversation goes as

The Plague: I believe you’re only 11 when you wrote that. It’s quite an impressive virus.
(referring to the virus he made back in 1988) Dade, I know how you might feel about
narcing on your friends but we’re hackers. For us, there’s no such thing as family and
friends. We’re each our own country with temporary allies and enemies. I’d like to make a
treaty with you.” (picks up a bat)

Dade: I’m sorry. Who are you?
The Plague: I’m the one who understands you. Now give me the allies.
Dade: Nah. I don’t play well with others.
The Plague: (smashes Dade’s radio)
Dade: Shit! Come on!
The Plague: Watch which friends you do play with. A record like your could land you in
jail, get kicked out of school, no colleges would take you, no future. Exiled from
everyone and everything you love. I’ll be in touch. Oh, and Dade, stay out of trouble.

Dade: Blow me
The Plague: Thank you.

It is clear that Dade saw right through the ‘good guy bad guy’ tactic. He used passive
avoidance by saying, “I don’t play well with others”. This tells The Plague that he
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