A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
A group of hackers operated servers that hosted dark web internet sites from an abandoned NATO bunker in rural Germany. They were eventually captured by police.
Positive Role Models
True crime documentary shows how brave investigative journalists and dogged federal investigators from around the world shut down a group of hackers who ran servers that hosted criminal websites from an underground bunker in rural Germany.
The bad guys are all creepy White hacker men. Not much diversity among the bad guys, or among the law enforcement organizations that brought them to justice.
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Violence & Scariness
Some talk in the documentary about how the servers run by the hackers in the bunker hosted dark web internet sites that had images of rape and child pornography.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some references made to internet porn, paired with blurred-out pornographic images on 1990s computer screens.
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"F--k" used once. "Hell" used a couple of times.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Talk of websites used to sell illegal drugs like MDMA, cocaine, and fentanyl. Reference to drinking beer at dinner.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Cyberbunker: The Criminal Underworld is a 2023 true crime documentary about a group of hackers who provided servers to the dark web from a bunker in rural Germany. Talk of child pornography, rape, and illegal drug sales on some of the sites hosted by these servers. Talk of internet pornography, with pornographic images on websites blurred out. Reference to illicit drugs sold on a website, including MDMA, cocaine, fentanyl, and weed. Talk about drinking beer. Brief strong language includes a use of "f--k," and a few uses of "hell." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This is an engrossing documentary about cybercriminals who don't think of themselves as criminals and the dangerous and lucrative business they ran from a former NATO bunker in rural Germany. Cyberbunker: The Criminal Underworld explores how a group of eccentric hackers provided hosting services to the dark web in near-total isolation, creating their own world and living out their ethos fantasies of "total freedom." In the interviews, the hackers come across as odious and downright creepy, particularly those who don't see anything wrong with hosting websites that traffic in child pornography.
This idea of "freedom" is one of the more interesting aspects of this documentary. To paraphrase one of the investigators who helped to work for the capture and arrest of the hackers: What does it mean when someone's extreme idea of freedom comes at the expense of the lives of innocent victims, to say nothing of the loss of their freedom? It's an idea that extends well beyond weird and arguably sociopathic computer hackers and leads into how there's a responsibility to individual freedom and the rule of law that gets lost among those who seem to believe that "freedom" means the right to be a selfish jerk at the expense of everyone else. Because, the key takeaway from Cyberbunker: The Criminal Underworld is that these hackers, for all their brains and pretensions, are selfish jerks.
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