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How Computers Work In The Movies

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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.