The Great Hack

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  • Official Trailer

Movie Info & Cast

Synopsis

Data, arguably the world's most valuable asset, is being weaponized to wage cultural and political wars. The dark world of data exploitation is uncovered through the unpredictable personal journeys of players on different sides of the explosive Cambridge Analytica/Facebook data story.

Cast

  • Brittany Kaiser
  • David Carroll
  • Paul-Olivier Dehaye
  • Ravi Naik
  • Julian Wheatland
  • Carole Cadwalladr
  • Paul Hilder
  • Christopher Wylie
  • Emma Graham-Harrison
  • Gill Phillips

Did You Know?

Trivia

  • The 'case' of the 'star' Caroll to find out the 'data' held on him, was - initially - successful (in Jan. 2019): so he (through his shown onscreen lawyer, Naik) actually 'won': but Caroll wanted more: viz. the source AND the basis of that revealed data held on him, that was used ('harvested') to create the behavioral predictions made (formatted) on him; plus the details of any parties with which that data had been shared - i.e. the curiosity to know how a 'mass sentiment' change might be effected - but which failed (read, was frustrated) when Cambridge Analytica went into voluntary liquidation (administration), as curtailing the case with no further defendant.

Quotes

    • [in front of committee of inquiry]
    • Herself - Former Director of Business Development for Cambridge Analytica: I have been offered introductions to clients that I refused to meet with before, such as the Alternative for Germany and Marine Le Pen's campaign. I refused to even get on the phone call with them.
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Metacritic

70
Jul 24, 2019

As eye-opening and propulsive as the movie is, Amer and Noujaim don’t always keep the thread of their multi-faceted narrative, which was going to be a daunting task for any well-meaning filmmaker trying to give you arresting personalities while parsing complex aspects of the digital world.

Metacritic review by Robert Abele
Robert Abele
TheWrap
70
Jul 11, 2019

The Great Hack uses a decent rehash of the Cambridge Analytica scandal as the starting point for an interesting two-pronged character study, an instigation for provocative ideas about data crime and what is ultimately a really, really, really conflicted look at when it's terrifying having corporations learning things about our online habits and when it's cool.

Metacritic review by Dan Fienberg
Dan Fienberg
The Hollywood Reporter
45
Jul 11, 2019

The film spends more time dramatizing the scandal’s worst-case scenario than examining the facts — producing compelling personal narratives at the cost of valuable context and perspective.

Metacritic review by Adi Robertson
Adi Robertson
The Verge