More prescient than we knew?
One film mentioned by several of the pros we talked to was Hackers, which despite its ridiculousness seems to hold a special fascination in the hearts of infosec folks. (CGI skyscrapers of code? Sure, why not!) "You can't call a movie Hackers, knowing that only technology-minded people will likely watch, and then get nearly nothing right on the use of technology," says Level 3 Communications' Drew. "The Cookie Monster virus attack video game is some of the hardest stuff to watch."
Still, Trend Micro's Budd says that "in today's world it's actually not totally unrealistic. I still don't like it, but it isn't as much a howler as it once was."