TakedownMarch 15, 2000
This film is based on the story of the capture of computer hacker "Kevin Mitnick".
Release Year: 2000
Rating: 6.1/10 (4,353 voted)
Stars: Skeet Ulrich, Russell Wong, Angela Featherstone
Kevin Mitnick is quite possibly the best hacker in the world. Hunting for more and more information, seeking more and more cybertrophies every day, he constantly looks for bigger challenges. When he breaks into the computer of a security expert and an ex-hacker, he finds one – and much more than that…
Writers: Tsutomu Shimomura, John Markoff
Lance 'Icebreaker' Petersen
The world has a right to know.
Release Date: 15 March 2000
Filming Locations: Wilmington, North Carolina, USA
Did You Know?
Editors of 2600 magazine (a hacker publication) learned of this film early in its development and were at the time campaigning for Kevin Mitnick's release from prison. They filmed the documentary "Freedom Downtime" as they tried to correct many glaring errors and personal attacks on Mitnick's character in the film, protesting outside Miramax offices in New York among other things.
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers):
Alex Lowe states that 56 bit encryption allows for roughly 72 trillion combinations. He is off by 3 orders of magnitude. 56 bit encryption allows for roughly 72 quadrillion combinations.
horrible, innacurate, defamatory
This was a movie that deserved to tank. Kevin Mitnick, a genius with
computers who was a little too inquisitive for the authorities liking, has
been the victim of so many abuses that it can make one's stomach turn.
"Takedown" was adapted from a book written by John Markoff and Tsutomu
Shimomura who exploited Kevin, a man about whom neither of the authors had
any direct knowledge, and pretended to be Mitnick experts when in fact
couldn't have been more clueless.
Markoff, a hack journalist who did everything that he could to portray
a danger to society in order to keep writing articles about him, has
wild rumors about Mitnick to be fact (rumors such as Kevin hacking into
NORAD computers, harassing Christie McNickle, and converting home phones
into pay phones) with no regard for the fact that he was demonizing Kevin
the eyes of society and in the eyes of a justice system – a system that
would eventually lock Kevin in solitary confinement for 8 months because
they were afraid he would use prison phones to launch nuclear missiles if
placed in general population. Tsutomu Shimomura is nothing but a smart-ass
hacker wanna-be whose main contribution to the book "Takedown" was a list
his skateboarding and eating habits.
If anyone out there really wants to learn the true Kevin Mitnick story,
please view "Freedom Downtime" by Emmanuel Goldstein.