WarGames: The Dead Code
DVD cover
Directed byStuart Gillard
Screenplay byRandall Badat
Story by
  • Rob Kerchner
  • Randall Badat
Based onCharacters
by Lawrence Lasker
Walter Parkes
Produced byIrene Litinsky
Starring
CinematographyBruce Chun
Edited byRobin Russell
Music byJohn Van Tongeren
Production
company
Distributed by20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Release date
  • July 29, 2008 (2008-07-29)
Running time
100 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

WarGames: The Dead Code is a 2008 American direct-to-video thriller film written by Randall Badat and Rob Kerchner and directed by Stuart Gillard. It is the sequel to the 1983 film WarGames. Production began on November 20, 2006 in Montreal, and the film was released on DVD on July 29, 2008 by MGM's home video distributor 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. According to MGM's original press release, the film is budgeted as one in a series of direct-to-DVD sequels.[1]

Plot

Will Farmer's (Matt Lanter) neighbor Massude asks Will for help with a computer problem. Will steals $5,000 from Massude's account to gamble on an online gaming site featuring games based on terrorist attacks. He ends up winning $25,000. The game is a sophisticated piece of U.S. government spyware run by an advanced artificial intelligence system called RIPLEY, designed to find terrorists.

Will later returns home to find Massude under arrest. Massude gives Will an envelope full of cash to pay for a plane ticket. Unknown to all, RIPLEY is misinterpreting the data and overreacting to the situation. On his arrival to the airport, Will finds a large number of security guards. He evades them and meets up with his friend Annie.

Will manages to crack the government network, only to be found by the police and a mysterious man in an overcoat. The couple are chased by the police until they get lost in the subway system. They escape and meet the man in the overcoat who says he nearly started World War III. He is revealed to be Professor Falken, who had helped to design RIPLEY. They travel to a power plant outside a dam. There, Falken shows them the WOPR (War Operation Plan Response) from the original WarGames film, which now operates the power grid. Falken re-activates WOPR with his backdoor password "Joshua". Meanwhile, RIPLEY hijacks a Predator drone with missiles and a nuclear warhead on board.

Falken instructs WOPR to attack RIPLEY with a faux script full of cultural references. WOPR floods RIPLEY's system with games, but RIPLEY shuts down and reboots to clear the attack. RIPLEY uses the Predator drone to destroy the facility housing WOPR. Will and Annie flee the facility before it is destroyed. Falken remains in the building.

The couple is captured and taken to the room where RIPLEY is stored where they discover that Falken has transferred WOPR's program to them. They use WOPR and Internet users to stage another denial of service attack. RIPLEY attempts to self-destruct by launching a nuclear warhead at Washington D.C.. WOPR again attacks RIPLEY, playing through two nuclear attack scenarios that result in total annihilation. The third scenario presented is a nuclear attack on Washington D.C. Having learned the concept of futility, RIPLEY stops responding after the scenario is played out.

After RIPLEY relinquishes control, Will asks WOPR if he really would have launched the missiles if RIPLEY had decided to continue playing. WOPR replies, "Yes, the human race is finished." before revealing, "That was humor."

Cast

Reception

On Rotten Tomatoes of 3 reviews listed 2 were negative and 1 was positive.[2]

Rossiter Drake of the San Francisco Examiner gave it 2 out of 4, and wrote: "Keeps the formula topical, replacing Soviet aggressors with cyber-savvy terrorists, but the renovations end there."[3]

References

  1. ^ "MGM Announces Its Straight-To-DVD Slate!". Movieweb.com. Archived from the original on April 30, 2007.
  2. ^ "WarGames: The Dead Code". Retrieved 1 April 2020.
  3. ^ Rossiter Drake (30 January 2010). "Home Movies: Direct-to-DVD Sequels Cash In". SF Examiner. Archived from the original on 2010-02-04.