I had to register to let you know what I thought was the most unbelievable tech film but I'll get to that a little later.
Remembering War Games I found the final climactic scenes to be silly. I'm a little fuzzy on the details but somehow global thermo nuclear war would begin when a password was deciphered by the super computer. The only problem with that is that the process of deciphering the password was displayed in real time on a wall sized screen in a large control room. But in a process that made a three dial combination bike lock seem super unbreakable, individual characters of the password were being determined, one at a time. Sort of like a really cheap version of the bike lock I mentioned where you could put a little force on the mechanism while turning the dials or levers and feel some give whenever you got to a correct position. Anyway, determining the password wasn't an all or none process. Somehow it could be deciphered one character at a time.
The film you've left out is Disclosure with Michael Douglas and Demi Moore. There was lots of tech in that film with a gorgeous office building that was mainly empty space - in the manner of the Frank Lloyd Wright Guggenheim Museum. There was a scene where some incriminating files had to be deleted (or saved depending on the characters). The business database was handled with a virtual reality 3D system. In order to delete files a user hand to enter a virtual reality station. At that point in the virtual reality environment the user would walk into a large room filled with file cabinets. The user would then find the particular cabinet and drawer where the desired file was located (number based I think, though it doesn't make much difference if it was name based). The file drawer had to be opened and the particular file virtually physically pulled out. Surprisingly at that point dropping the file on the floor deleted it from the system.
It's lucky the virtual reality system didn't go back to pre paper like systems. One would have to use a virtual chisel and stone to work the database.
But that's just one of many tech absurdities in Disclosure. The biggest and most obvious or envious absurdity for geeks was having a boss that looked like Demi Moore wrestle you down in your office and give you a ..
Yeah. That's tech reality.