“Watch Dogs 2” is a fun action film starring Michael Bay along with some other interesting Hollywood players. It’s not very far off from the first Watch Dogs movie, which was a nice movie. I liked that movie very much. However, this sequel is a pure action movie and it’s entertaining to watch.
The story is about a group of hackers who get arrested for stealing government secrets. One of them is a mask wearing hacker who wants to get revenge on the system, as he thinks the government knows everything about him. So he plans to poison the queen of England and thus eliminate all her power. It looks like he would succeed, except for one thing. The Queen gets infected with a deadly virus and dies.
Michael Bay reprises his role as the villainous masked man, though he’s a lot less obtrusive this time around. He just has this cool black vest and hat and comes across as quite the bad guy. This doesn’t change the fact that he’s an extremely efficient hacker and is able to get the information he needs. In fact, his methods are so effective that he causes the US Military to be put under surveillance.
The computer hacking scene is what really sells this movie for me. There are so many things that can be hacked into and it’s impressive that such a huge multinational company could have been protected by such means. The computer network in this movie is simply amazing. They don’t even use real computers in the movie, but rather an internet simulation.
One thing that I thought was hilarious was when the FBI wanted to arrest Oded Fehr and gave him the option of a trial or being locked up forever. He said he was innocent. So, they let him go. Then, at the end of the movie, he walks out of the jail holding the baby of the victim (yes, his own). It’s one of the most ridiculous things I have ever seen in a movie. It makes you laugh so hard that you want to watch the rest of the film just to see what stupid mistakes he will make next.
Another funny scene would have to be after Hotmail took over from Gmail. He hacked into their systems and figured out who everyone on the email had been chatting with. He then shut down all the accounts and left the world wide web wide open. Needless to say, the FBI was called and the hacker was found and fired.
There was also an interesting interaction between FBI Agent Raynaud Kerman and her boss, Inspector Frank Shamrock. After pointing out how she hacked into the system, Shamrock asks her if she thinks there would be a problem if she tried it again. Raynaud Kerman replies “Do you not believe in second chances, Mr. Attorney?” Frank then informs her that they are going to interrogate her on the same matters that they quizzed him about before.
Overall, this is a very good movie that isn’t at all what you would call a mainstream movie. It makes you laugh, which is always a good sign in a movie. However, there are some serious issues at play as well, and I don’t think that’s a good thing. Watch Dogs 2 is an action-packed movie, but doesn’t really promote or discuss any controversial topics.
There is one scene that shows the hacking capabilities of the hackers, but it was cut out and could be considered unnecessary. The whole movie is just a comedy though, and I think that you can see that. I don’t think anyone will be holding their breath while watching Watch Dogs 2 either.
One interesting bit is the hacker having an animated avatar. I guess that is because the original mask man had an animated image as well. Regardless, it looks great in the movie and creates a great distraction from the actual story. Besides, an animated character in a movie is never a bad thing. Especially when they can act and communicate virtually.
In conclusion, I liked Watch Dogs 2. Although it’s not a mainstream movie, it does have its own unique selling point. It’s a movie that many people will enjoy. I only hope that it doesn’t become a classic that everyone has to repeat. Otherwise, it would become just another hackneyed comedy with very little originality.