- I am 7 years old.
- The dawn of personal computing. For the first time, individuals have computers.
- Computing is nerdy, specialised. Arcade Computer Games are new and cool.
- Life inside the computer is depicted as banal, office-like, yearning to be real.
- Clumsy special effects pretend to be too-expensive computer effects.
- Completely unique film stock is created to make the film effects possible.
- Huge solid sets are painstakingly built and painted to look surreal.
- Real actors are clad in suits to make them look unnatural.
- I am 35 years old.
- The internet is an inextricable part of life for most of the world.
- Computing is everywhere, in everything. It’s uncool to not be a nerd.
- Life inside the computer is depicted as impossibly cool. It mocks the real world.
- Computer effects are trivial and cheap.
- No physical film is ever exposed.
- Hardly any physical sets are even built.
- The central villain is a flawless digital emulation of Jeff Bridges of 1982.
This is what it must feel like to live through epochal change.