Monday, April 25, 2016

Movie review: Hacking the System

Life hacks can make the world a much easier, and sometimes more fun, place in which to live. In this series host Brian Brushwood helps us with theft prevention, choosing secure passwords, traveling, restaurants, gambling and much more!

Hosts: Brian Brushwood, Jason Murphey

Brian has made a career out of thinking like a criminal and in this series; Hacking the System, he shares with us some of his tips and tricks. From preventing theft to getting a good deal at a restaurant, Brian seems to know all the tricks. The shady as well as the legitimate.
The series is enjoyable with some humor and a direct, beginner approach at explaining things. The variety of hacks is entertaining and amusing.

Acting, such as it is in reality TV shows, is pretty good. Brian is congenial and delivers well. Jason plays a good straight-man for Brian's humor and experiments. Others who join briefly, while less practiced bring a nice element to the series.

Camera work is fairly well done throughout. Sets and backgrounds are enjoyable with a good mix of studio and natural elements. Action scenes feel largely unscripted and realistic. Dialogue was okay thought a bit more detail and explanation at times would have been nice. Sound is good.

If you are a fan of reality TV, or life hacks, you should enjoy this series which moves along pretty quickly.

Nothing here to limit audience age unless you have younger kids who might try some of the more dangerous hacks without supervision.

Released: 2015
Reviewed: 4.19.16
Star rating: 4 out of 5
Genre: Reality TV

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