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    Updated on Aug 24, 2020. Posted on Mar 28, 2014

    How Computers Work In The Movies

    Zoom! Enhance!

    E-mails arrive in your inbox letter by letter.

    Via Bridget Jones's Diary / StudioCanal

    Or picture by picture.

    Via Pretty In Pink / Paramount Pictures

    Every password can be guessed in a maximum of three tries.

    Via The Perfect Score / MTV Films

    (It's usually the pet's name.)

    So it's easy for people to get inside your computer.

    Via Hackers / United Artists

    Note: the inside of your computer looks a lot like a Windows 95 screensaver.

    You can always spot a hacker because they wear sunglasses while they work.

    Via Hackers / United Artists

    Just turn down the brightness, yo!

    Once they have control of your machine, they'll bombard you with pop-ups.

    Via The Net / Columbia Pictures

    Or make everything on your screen go melty.

    Via The Net / Columbia Pictures

    When they're not being compromised by hackers, there's almost nothing Hollywood computers can't do. They can see through walls at the touch of a button.

    Via The Italian Job / De Line Pictures

    And create wobbly blue maps of entire cities with their secret sonar powers.

    Via The Dark Knight / Legendary Pictures

    They can enhance heavily pixelated black-and-white CCTV pictures.

    Via Charlie's Angels / Flower Films

    And turn them into full-colour headshots of Crispin Glover.

    With the proper software, they can even rotate static images by 90-degree angles.

    Via Enemy of the State / Touchstone Pictures

    And if you ever need to find something out, they're full of authentic-looking search engines you can use.

    Via A Nightmare on Elm Street / Platinum Dunes

    Where would we be without

    But alas, computers are not invincible. Like us, they can be destroyed with a single bullet.

    Via The Negotiator / Regency Enterprises

    Even if it only hits the monitor.

    Via Equilibrium / Dimension Films

    Still, at least computers in the movies are more realistic than the technology they have on TV.

    Via Dexter / Showtime

    It might be time for an upgrade, Dexter.

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