Macs have plenty of behind-the-scenes movie experience. But Power Macs, iMacs, and PowerBooks also end up in front of the camera. While the Mac is usually confined to blink-and-you’ll-miss-it bit parts, occasionally the computer lands a central role in which it outshines its human costars. Here are the Mac’s most memorable moments on the silver screen, along with a quick review of whether it gave an Oscar-caliber performance.
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
Forrest (Tom Hanks) receives a letter with a vaguely familiar apple-shaped corporate logo and learns that his money has been invested “in some kind of fruit company.”
Mac Rating: 2.5
(We hope he sold his shares before last fall, or it’s back to the shrimp boats.)
The PowerBook 5300 helps Jeff Goldblum with everything from decoding the aliens’ attack code to downloading a virus to the mother ship.
Mac Rating: 3.0
(Who knew that a hostile alien life-form would be more Mac friendly than most software developers?)
You’ve Got Mail
Call it character exposition through computers. Meg Ryan, the cute-as-a-button owner of an independent bookstore, uses a PowerBook. And the avaricious chain-store operator played by Tom Hanks? An IBM ThinkPad.
Mac Rating: 4.0
(At last a movie that dares to tell the truth: all Mac users are as cute as buttons.)