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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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Akan Satayev (as Akan Sataev)

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Atakhan (Story Consultant), Akan Satayev (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Callan McAuliffe ... Alex
Lorraine Nicholson ... Kira
Daniel Eric Gold ... Sye
Clifton Collins Jr. ... Zed
Zachary Bennett ... Curtis
Vlada Verevko ... Alex's Mother
Genadijs Dolganovs ... Alex's Father
Aidan Besu Aidan Besu ... 6-year-old Alex
Rian Michelsen Rian Michelsen ... 13-year-old Alex
Kristian Truelsen ... Federal Reserve Chairman
Greg Hovanessian ... Randy Bickle
Allyson Pratt Allyson Pratt ... Robin
James Cade ... Chris
Darryl Flatman Darryl Flatman ... Tommy
Randy Thomas ... 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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Language:

English

Release Date:

2 December 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Transmission See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,716, 4 December 2016

Gross USA:

$11,239

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,239
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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 »

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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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Not a movie about "hacking" in the traditional sense
3 April 2017 | by ElxDiabloSee all my reviews

While the acting and dialogue was solid, this rather cliché and moralistic tale may leave some people with a sour taste in their mouth.

It may leave an even worse after-taste when the (totally private) "Federal Reserve" banking system, becomes its own bubble and then bursts, which is something that appears to have been building in the wake of the mortgage-bubble lead financial meltdown. If indeed these predictions are correct, and a worldwide economic collapse of far greater magnitude ensues, the US citizens will probably be told that it was all due to "Russia", "China", and "Hackers operating out of Russia and China...who may be on their respective government's payroll".

I listen to people who actually know what they're talking about and not talking heads with vested interests, so it doesn't take a rocket scientist to smell the faint aroma of economic propaganda (or a "contingency story" for mass consumption), which may become stronger in the years to come if these economic predictions are correct.

Just some food for thought.

However, I digress. On with the review!

Why should I give this film a better-than-average rating when the plot was weak and the main protagonist knew less about protecting their online anonymity than I do? Well, to answer that question I should say that "social engineering" is also considered a valid form of hacking. People are always the weakest point in any system, hence they are the easiest way to bypass security without having to force your way through from behind a computer.

Even with the most sophisticated of proxies and other counter-measures, there is no way to ensure something won't be traced back to you online, just as there is no assurances of remaining unrecognized IRL on a camera, even with a disguise; The latter just happens to be far more efficient, and can often be achieved by using real-life proxies to do your data-collection.

The more real life proxies that are distributing the original data in a non-pyramid/linear, distributed fashion, the less chance of one person being caught as the "ring leader", which is the exact same principle one uses when using an online proxy network. The fact they did funnel information from proxies in bottom up fashion was certainly a major security flaw that would have easily have had them nabbed for credit card fraud under normal circumstances.

If you're into the guts of how people hack from behind a keyboard, then this movie is not for you...but if you want to see a totally different type of hacking at work (predominantly social engineering), you may get something out of this film in spite of its pitfalls.


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