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by Eleanor Ringel

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Hollywood hack work from Iain Softley, director of the intriguing art-house hit, "Backbeat." A group of teen hackers, led by Jonny Lee Miller and Angelina Jolie, take on a nasty cyber-snake (Fisher Stevens) who's planning to rob his own company and pin the crime on the kids. There are some isolated moments of interest (the most commonly used passwords, apparently, are "love," "sex,""romance" and "God.") But overall, this is an embarrassing computer-nerd fantasy in which everyone into computers wears leather, hangs out at cool clubs and is busy eluding the FBI. Fine for the target audience, but anyone else may find it hard to swallow - like a desperado scenario about people who don't return their library books on time.

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