[ISN] Elijah Wood’s New Movie Is a Prophetic Thriller About Celebrity Hacking

http://www.wired.com/2014/10/open-windows/ BY ANGELA WATERCUTTER Wired.com 10.02.14 Open Windows is kind of a weird movie; it’s viewed almost entirely through a series of computer windows on a laptop screen. It’s also kind of a prophetic movie; it’s about a young actress named Jill Goddard, the target of a hacker who infiltrates her smartphone and laptop—and her life. But instead of stealing the contents of the starlet’s private life, the hacker in Open Windows, out on VOD today, makes a young fan, Nick (Elijah Wood), his unwitting accomplice by giving him access to the actress’ phone and the ability to watch her through surveillance cameras. And, unlike IRL celebrity phone hacks, Nick doesn’t use his access to snatch nude selfies of Goddard (Sasha Grey) and post them online; instead, he tries to save her from the skeeze targeting her. The concept, which may remind viewers of a modern-day Rear Window, was actually vaguely inspired by the movie Closer (more on that later) and has been in the works for a couple years, but writer/director Nacho Vigalondo (Timecrimes) and his star are aware it’s coming at a time when hacks like the one that hit Jennifer Lawrence and other (mostly female) stars are making headlines. Though the problem of online harassment—both of celebrities and civilians—is nothing new. “There’s always a lack of privacy, there’s always an infringement that is possible with the internet,” Wood says. “We’ve read these stories time and time again, this just happens to be the latest infringement.” […]