With the exception of "Office Space," I am not sure any film has ever accurately represented the I.T. world -- as the list below clearly demonstrates. This list several years old -- harvested from old BBS posts and emails (does anyone remember CompuServe?) -- but some of these are timeless gems:
Things computers can do in movies
- Movie characters never make typing mistakes.
- All monitors display inch-high letters.
- High-tech computers, such as those used by NASA, the CIA or some such governmental institution, will have easy to understand graphical interfaces.
- Those that don't have graphical interfaces will have incredibly powerful text-based command shells that can correctly understand and execute commands typed in plain English and those command line interfaces will give you access to any information you want by simply typing, "ACCESS THE SECRET FILES" on any near-by keyboard.
- All computer panels operate on thousands of volts and have explosive devices underneath their surface. Malfunctions are indicated by a bright flash of light, a puff of smoke, a shower of sparks and an explosion that causes you to jump backwards.
- A hacker is always able to break into the most sensitive computer in the world by guessing the secret password in two tries.
- You may bypass the "PERMISSION DENIED" message by using the "OVERRIDE" function.
- Laptops always have amazing real-time video phone capabilities and performance similar to a CRAY Supercomputer (except in "Austin Powers," where they poke fun at choppy video).
- Whenever a character looks at a monitor, the image is so bright that it projects itself onto their face.
- Searches on the internet will always return what you are looking for no matter how vague your keywords are. (See "Mission Impossible," Tom Cruise searches with keywords like "file" and "computer" and 3 results are returned.)