“Sneakers” is to Dick Ebert as “Hackers” is to Gene Lyons. This 1992 thriller doesn’t have flashy graphics, funky fashions or a techno soundtrack—but it does have Ben Kingsley, Sidney Poitier, Dan Aykroyd and Robert Redford. In loafers.
With its playful tone, low barrier to entry and established cast, this gateway thriller appeals to the familiar to explain the cutting-edge. And Big D likes that.
“Sneakers” also has unexpected jokes, serious schemes and nostalgic tech. And Gene Lyons likes that.
But the movie isn’t perfect. Among its flaws are a cavalier treatment of a superweapon, potential abuse of a blind character, unimaginative demands and a smidge too much predictability.
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