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March 28, 2006

Code Hunter

Movie Review By: SFAM

Year: 2002

Directed by: Terry Cunningham

Written by: Flavia Carrozzi, Terry Cunningham & Steve Latshaw

IMDB Reference

Degree of Cyberpunk Visuals: Low

Correlation to Cyberpunk Themes: Medium

Key Cast Members:

  • Nick ‘Jester’ Chase: Nick Cornish
  • Neville: Adrian Paul
  • Skylar: Bai Ling
  • Tess Woodward: Vanessa Marcil
  • Rating: 5 out of 10

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    Overview: Overview: Codehunter (a.k.a. Storm Watch) is a fun, but absurd low budget AI and VR flick. This is not a movie who’s technical plot holds together, but it does work as a bubble-gum current-setting hacker-cyberpunk romp. Code Hunter is another War Games-Hacker-Colossus, the Forbin Project rip-off, but in a simplistic and enjoyable way. I’m a sucker for movies with either Bai Ling and Adrian Paul in it. Along with those two, the supporting cast which includes Babylon Five’s Jerry Doyle, Vanessa Marcil and Nora Dunn is pretty fun too.


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    The Story: Nick “Jester” Chase (played by Nick Cornish) is a reformed hacker who likes to hang out in a VR first person shooter game called Shock. Simultaneously, a small computer firm is attempting to sell the US Navy on a new satellite system called “Thunderhead,” which is designed to control the weather. Nick is contacted in the game by Skylar (Bai Ling), a computer genius extraordinaire, to steal a file from an unknown computer system. After refusing, Skylar blackmails Nick by modifying his record to make him a wanted fugitive. Skylar agrees to steal the file, but then hides it and tries to go to the news station to seek protection. He enlists the aid of up and coming reporter, Tess Woodward (Vanessa Marcil), who agrees to help him.


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    Unfortunately, Thunderhead appears to be out of control, and has created two massive hurricanes on each side of the US that will devastate the both coasts, causing potentially millions of deaths and billions in damages. The government tracks down Nick and bring him in for questioning. As the plot unfolds, it appears that a strange connection between the VR game “Shock” and Thunderhead emerges. Unless they can unravel it, the consequences will be catastrophic.


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    The Bottom Line: Although the cast is fun, and the pacing is good, the actual plot points and coherency are well past the point of believability. They are too numerous to count, but suffice to say the good guys had a number of obvious solutions that could have stopped the catastrophe. To add insult to injury, the movie overstretches its AI angle – had it stopped earlier, it would have worked within the narrative, but instead, they go for the sappy “teach me all of humanity” angle. Again, the movie is fun to watch, but lacks any real intelligence.


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    This post has been filed under AI (no body), 5 Star Rated Movies, Hacker Movies, Cyberpunk movies from 2000 - 2009 by SFAM.


    April 4, 2006 said (trackback):

    Code Hunter…

    [Source:] quoted: Movie Review By: SFAM Year: 2002 Directed by: Terry Cunningham Written by: Flavia Carrozzi, Terry Cunningham & Steve Latshaw IMDB Reference Degree of……

    June 22, 2006

    liquid_overdose said:

    I liked the silly illusion to the highlander series at the end of this movie. Adrian Paul had a Katana and then the flashing lights and expolosions like the quikening…I thought that was funny. Also this movie stole alot from the Matrix

    June 23, 2006

    SFAM said:

    Hi Liquid Overdose, the highlander bit was pretty funny. Code Hunter isn’t high on the originality scale - I think it’s safe to say it stole liberally from lots of sources.

    August 14, 2007

    bardhii said:

    heyy the movie is very good and i like it :P:P and i have a question for u is it true the game which u play

    March 25, 2008

    neoskillz said:

    do you know where I can download this movie? I haven’t seen it yet.

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