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This enjoyable thriller, written and directed by Phil Alden Robinson (the screenwriter ofField of Dreams), follows a raggedy group of corporate security experts who get in over their heads when they accept an assignment poaching some hot hardware for the National Security Agency. Robert Redford plays the group's guru, an aging techno-anarchist who has been hiding from the feds since the early 1970s; his companionable gang of freaks includes Dan Aykroyd, David Strathairn, Mary McDonnell, the late River Phoenix, and Sidney Poitier, as a veteran CIA operative turned "sneaker." The technological black box that everybody is after, an array of computer chips that can decode any encrypted message, isn't a very plausible invention, but it's a serviceable McGuffin, and the megalomania of the master plotter played by Ben Kingsley has more resonance than most. Modest inferences can be drawn about the very latest high-tech threats to civil liberties.--David Chute
Sneak away I thought so in the 90s and i still do in 05...this is one of my favourite movies of the previous decade...absolutely great. Entertainment for the entire family...PG 13 of course.
One of Redfords better jobs A great film that captures the start of the dot com period of history. With a twist to the story that pays homage to some of the urban legends that are running around. Altogether a good story with a cast that knows what they are doing and are enjoying themselves while doing it.THIS ISN'T ABOUT A RUNNING MAN!!! OR IS IT? SNEAKERS is such a polite film, with its concentration on its cast and its seemingly hopeless obstacle overshadowing hot action scenes or torrid love scenes. Written and directed by FIELD OF DREAMS Phil Alden Robinson, this movie charms with its array of colorful characters and the cast's obvious understanding of what they were intended to do. A then middle-aged Robert Redford, still maintaining that boyish handsomeness, has a field day as Martin Bishop, a man who has been on the run since avoiding capture in an earlier computer hacking scam. His crew of "sneakers" includes Sidney Poitier, Dan Aykroyd, River Phoenix and the marvelous David Strathairn. Mary McDonnell from DANCES WITH WOLVES is also along for the ride, and she is a joyful addition to the cast. Ben Kingsley shows up as the real villain, and we even get THIRTY SOMETHINGS Timothy Busfield as one of the villains. The ubiquitous James Earl Jones shows up for the climax which is hilarious as each team member tells him what they want from him before they give him the valued box. SNEAKERS is smart, witty and suspenseful, and is a wonderful little film that should have gotten more notice when released. Maybe DVD fans will latch on to this one and make it more appreciated.