After graduating from Stanford, two idealistic computer whiz kids who are best friends are offered jobs at NURV, a giant Portland company with a driven boss, Gary Winston, on the verge of a world-linking satellite communication system. With support from his girlfriend Alice, Milo takes the job Teddy says no and continues work on a media compression program he wants to make available free. Winston takes a personal interest in Milo, whose genius can help NURV meet its launch date, and Milo responds with brilliance and long hours. When Teddy meets with tragedy and Winstons offhand remark makes Milo suspicious, he decides to investigate Winston and NURV. But, whom can he trust?
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I've watched movies like Hackers(dont bother), Takedown(decent), Swordfish(omg no), but this one is my favorite. Its about a corporation that has a global monopoly (much like microsoft). They observe programmers that have potential and kill them if needbe. Well, one of the newly hired programmers finds this out. A very good movie, I recommend you watch it.
Great cast, great acting, numerous surprises and twists. Kept meveryintrigued throughout the whole film, and i was def. feeling the vibes.TimRobbins is the man and i love movies with main characters who are extrabrilliant prodigy's in something. ****
Tim Robbins plays a brilliant caricature of Bill Gates in this geek-heavenfilm about a software company on the verge of a breakthrough. In some waysit's about releasing the creative spirit within you but unless you getexcited about computer software technology it may seem a trivial teen flick.I thought the tension and pace was great, they left the computer clichesuntil the audience was well hooked and the early Gatesian harangues weregenuinely inspiring and well-acted.
I reluctantly watched Antitrust after my brother bugged me to. Then irealised that it was everything he had told me it was. Brilliantstoryline.Good acting and the only movie of its type. Well done. The actors andcreators should be congratulated.
At first, I thought it would be exploitation movie like "Hackers", butit is not. If cypherpunk and cryptonomicon is something for you, thismovie was made for you. But don't be awaiting too much, authors decidedto go with creation of "general movie", not a "geek one". So don't bemuch hunger for full connection in storyline, just look at metaphorside. You have a Matrix version, but Neo is got in a world, notartificial by nature, it is socially artificial.You can see socially artificial things around yourself everyday.Politicians knew, that when they tell us about "inflation", it is moreappropriate to name "infoolation". Because inflation is amount ofmoney, in multiplication sense, which politicians are made people tofool on. And all of this lie is easily covered by simple renaming.Inflation is just called nowadays "emission", and people think BarackObama (or just another liar) is a hero. So, if such lies are easilyspread and covered, what else is wrong with story? Nothing, we all areactors in this story.
i'm not a big fan of Ryan Phillippe, but he was really good in this role as a computer geek who gets a shot at working for this guy who he and his friend don't like. Tim Robbins enters him into his world of money making and designing software that can change the future and then something happens, his best friend gets murdered. Could it be Robbins? or someone else who hired the hit on his friend. Then he goes threw all these hoops and jumps threw him in order to seek the truth. Can his girlfriend be in the mix too, as well as all of everybody in the whole bulding. Phillippe turns to Racheal Leigh Cook and they try to figure out whats going on, but is Cook really who she says she is or is she working for Robbins as well. Entertaining from start to finish. Never lets go. A sort of creepy geeky bad guy performance by Robbins and a good paranoid performance by Phillippe. 3 stars
This review is from: Antitrust (DVD) interestings twists, though to fully enjoy and understand this movie you need to know something of computers and writing code or your going to be lost and frusterated. great acting on the part of claire forlani, but when have we expected anything but the utmost from her.
This was an excellent movie. It was everything a cyber-film needed. Although it takes a while to get into the movie, the movie does get better. All the protaginists are well defined and all the actors play their plots well. Once again, see this movie, you won't regret it!
Seeing as how none of the actors are "seasoned actors" - with Tim Robbinsthe exception, and how the ads made it look like a really cheesy 'thriller,'I wasn't expecting much.So, I was happily surprised.It wasn't GREAT by any stretch of the imagination, don't get me wrong - alot of suspense/thriller cliches were used - but there were a couple ofACTUALLY SUSPENSEFUL MOMENTS.And, to be honest, I adore Rachel Leigh Cooke, no matter her actingfaults.[I gave it a 7.]
i am quite the fan of ryan phillipe, therefore the only reason i had heardof this movie.. i had wanted to see it in the movies, but never got thechance, so i rented it.. my friend and i watched it together, and we wereonthe edge of our seats the whole time.. every person i recommended it to,saidit to be one of their favorites.. its definately a bit of a teen flick..butits good all around.might i add.. i am quite the fan of movies that show how horrible peoplethat control us can be.. they interest me so..i recommend it highly.. very suspenseful, and good cast
I enjoyed the movie. It brought back memories of when I owned my first computer. I watched this movie last night on Netflix and I was so engaged that I never had time to sit. I ended up watching the whole movie standing. To me it was a very good movie.I had attempted to watch 3 movies prior to this one but they bored me and I never completed watching them. This movie started out slow but the murder of his friend came so fast that I was caught off guard.I cheered when the broadcast went worldwide! I have read a lot of the negative reviews posted about the movie but my experience watching it was a very positive one. I thoroughly enjoyed the movie. I plan to purchase the Dvd so I can watch it again. Excellent Movie - I Enjoyed the Ride!
This movie is a good action movie. Some of it is pridictable but thats only one scene out of the entire movie so thats really good. I say you can take it or leave it but if you take it you wont be sorry.
But the movie failed to make it more realistic (I know maybe it's not the point). It has just too many out-of-sense laughable scenes for me even though I am not a techie.
As bad as the story is, it pales in comparison to the terrible acting. I can't believe Tim Robbins took on the Bill Gates-like role. This would have made a great made for TV movie. Too bad the public demands more eh, Tim?
I recently got to see this one, not expecting to much, but man was Isurprised! Antitrust is about young programer Milo (Ryan Phillipe) whogets an offer from the computer leading firm NURV, whose CEO GaryWinston (Tim Robbins) needs him for finishing a big project untildeadline. So he and his girlfriend Alice (Claire Forlani) move thereand he is treated with lots of respect, makes big money, gets a nicecar...and finds out that NURV doesn't alway play by the rules. Fromthere on, you can call it Thriller! A very well written story with alot of references to the real world and a big Redmond based softwarecompany, with good leading roles, nice and surprising twists, and someaction. I can only recommend you watch this movie if you get a chance,its well worth it!
Dramatic tension, when done correctly, adds to a movie immeasurably. Thelong, lonely shot of Cary Grant waiting at the crossroads in "North byNorthwest" set up a dramatic isolation. The deep shot of Bruce Willis inthedoctor's office in the beginning of "Unbreakable" accomplishes the samething. If you have an IQ in the double digit range, you will have a senseofdramatic isolation in a screening of "Antitrust"The characters do not function as human beings in super-human situations,something that Hitchcock and Shaymalan films understand and use to superbresult. Instead these characters serve as simple plot deliverydevices...theequivalent of a cinematic Federal Express driver. DING-DONG, "Plot twist'shere!"The characters are bad sketches of good characters from other movies...othermovies you'd be better off seeing!Ryan Phillipe, the protagonist, plods along through this film showing naryan emotion, even though "the plot" gives him every reason to be bustingheads like a 6th grader smashing pumpkins on Halloween. And his hiddenweakness (hint, it's like Kryptonite on a muffin) is deplorably laughable.Had the character been better developed, we might care that he, forinstance, can't eat at McDonalds.And the rest of the cast is almost interchangable. Whenever there ismessageto be conveyed or a plot point to be twisted, the screenwriter simplythrowsanother mindless character (that's spelled "c-h-a-r-c-t-e-r", butpronounced"automotan") at it. DING-DONG, "Ma'am, I'm here to deliver comicrelief...sign here."And maybe this is just me, but why doesn't a computer company have bettercomputer security? Phillipe's character (Milo for those scoring at home)canwaltz into a computer lab and download the entire company's personnelfiles,but I can't get my e-mail without entering seven different accesscodes?Do yourself a favor, save the money you would have spent on this movie anduse it to invest in Microsoft. When the people who saw the movie find outwhat Microsoft can do with a cool frame and some crappy Sears pictures,they'll be busting down the doors of the local Radio Shack to get thelatestMicrosoft Magic Eye Masterpiece. You can thank me later.
What a time the late 1990s were, eh? Everywhere you looked, the computer age was underway. Or was it the information age? Or the digital age? I'm not sure they've decided on a title yet. Anyway, the rise of the Internet had everyone and their grandmother running to the store to buy a computer with a modem so they could access the best adult websites America has to offer. Words and terms like "E-mail," "Windows," "search engines," "AOL," and "Netscape" formed the building blocks of a new lingua franca for those in the know. I still remember the hysterics revolving around the release of Microsoft's Windows 98 operating system. Extraterrestrials landing on the White House lawn wouldn't have garnered more press coverage. All that excitement for a system loaded with bugs that crashed--at least on my computer--at least once a week. All hail the relative stability of Windows XP! Anyway, the revolution wouldn't be complete without Hollywood jumping on the bandwagon. Surprisingly, or perhaps not considering most people in Tinseltown aren't smart enough to understand the rudiments of computers, it took them until 2001 to release a film like "Antitrust." Say hello to a big bellyful of good old Hollywood anti-corporate claptrap.Milo Forman (Ryan Phillippe) has just about everything going for him. He's got a good-looking girlfriend named Alice Poulson (Claire Forlani), he just graduated from a top-notch college where he won numerous awards for his computer programming skills, and Gary Winston (Tim Robbins) wants to offer him a job. Who's Gary Winston? A Bill Gates type geek with a few hundred trillion in the bank and a smile one expects to see in a morgue. Forman planned on working with a few of his school pals in their own little company devoted to open source software, but Winston's offer is too good to pass up. So it's off to visit Gary at NURV headquarters (yep, NURV; I couldn't make this up if I tried) to learn the ins and outs of working for the big boys. It is here that Milo makes nice with the ethereal beauty that is Lisa Calighan (Rachael Leigh Cook), and it's also here that he soon learns that he's Winston's golden boy. Gary and his executives are working on a new system, Synapse, which will link together every communication device on the planet through a bunch of satellites. And it's up to good old Milo to put the pieces of this amazing hardware together. Winston drops by at times to provide him with code and other interesting tidbits.Problem is, Milo soon suspects that Winston and his cronies are stealing a lot of their information from other computer programmers. Not other companies, mind you, but from programmers sitting around in their garages writing code. In other words, stealing from people like Milo's friend Teddy Chin (Yee Jee Tso). The jerk! Of course, it's not easy to prove such a grand conspiracy, although Winston's occasional outbursts and his win at all costs mentality lends credence to the idea that NURV would resort to anything to stay ahead in the game. Even, do I dare say it, MURDER. After Teddy takes a one-way trip to that great operating system in the sky, Milo Forman launches an investigation of his employer fraught with peril. Hopefully, our brainy hero can count on the help of Agent Lyle Barton (Richard Roundtree) at the Justice Department, who is leading an anti-trust investigation into NURV. Then again, maybe he can't trust anyone. He certainly comes to distrust Alice Poulson, and with good reason. After all, why would a chick this good looking have anything to do with an ubergeek like Milo? Surprisingly, that's not why he suspects she's in on Winston's plan for global domination. It's got something to do with sesame seeds and...ahhh, just watch the movie. I'm not sure whether "Antitrust" is a comedy or a thriller. The movie possesses elements of both, although one strongly suspects that those situations pointing to the former were unintentional. I liked a lot of the suspense elements in the movie, once it gets going in the second half, and I simply adored the angelic vision that is Rachael Leigh Cook. These things work and merit praise. But I found I couldn't stop laughing long enough to appreciate fully the serious issues presented in the film. The funniest thing about "Antitrust" is its paranoia. This movie absolutely reeks of far left-wing paranoia of the type currently espoused by those tin foil helmeted kooks manning the Bush barricades down in Texas. Big business run amok, massive surveillance operations, murder conspiracies; I could go on and on. It's like big brother with a pocket protector. And Winston's diabolical plan to take over the world? Who came up with this idea? As far as I can tell, it was either Snidely Whiplash or a Bond villain. Like any government or big corporate concern would unquestioningly turn control of their networks over to Gary Winston. Thank goodness we've got geeks like Ryan Phillippe--and by extension Hollywood--running around protecting us from Bill Gates wannabes!Extras on the DVD include a commentary track from director Peter Howitt and editor Zach Staenberg, a music video, alternate opening and closing sequences, deleted scenes (I love Rachael Leigh Cook in the bathroom!), and a behind the scenes look at the movie chock full of interviews with the cast as well as proof that the filmmakers and all involved really researched the computer industry before making the movie. Uh huh. Even citizen of the world Tim Robbins deigns to drop in for a few comments about his transparent impersonation of Bill Gates. I'll give "Antitrust" three stars since I always enjoy a thriller, but the film's ability to draw a laugh when none was intended sort of takes away from what the filmmakers tried to accomplish.
This is a credible techno-thriller that goes a bit too far in itsanti-corporate message, but is highly entertaining nonetheless. MiloHoffman (Ryan Phillipe) is a boy genius who lands a job as an eliteprogrammer for the most prodigious technology firm in the world (clearlypatterned after Microsoft). His tech genius friends are disappointed thathe sold out to the corporate behemoth. They believe that all source codeshould be non-proprietary (translation: programs that programmers createshould be free for everyone to use). This is where the liberal politicalsubtext gets preachy and inane. Corporations = Evil, Little Guys > Good.Milo is recruited by the Chairman of the company, Gary Winston (TimRobbins)to work on developing the software for the satellite system that Winstonwill use to take over the world. Milo is taken in by Winston and theentireculture, until he discovers that Winston is stealing code from otherdevelopers through the use of surveillance cameras, and that Winston hadoneof his best friends killed.Despite the implausible workup, the film then shifts into high gear andprovides a thrill-a-minute roller coaster ride of intrigue and suspensewhere Milo is racing against time to prevent the satellite system fromgoingonline. There are a lot of scenes that stretch credulity, but not so badasto be ridiculous. Industry insiders will enjoy the codeheadjokes.The acting is mixed. Ryan Phillipe is not terribly believable as acomputergeek. Phillipe has yet to transcend his well-earned teen idol status asthehottie from `54' and `Cruel Intentions'. But his pouty good looks anddemeanor were a mismatch with his geeky character. His nerdy friends arefar better cast than he. Claire Forlani (`Meet Joe Black', `Boys andGirls') gives another fine performance as Milo's duplicitous girlfriend.Rachel Leigh Cook (`She's All That') is another actor who is out of herelement. She is cute, but unbelievable as a supergeek.Tim Robbins must have relished this role. He plays Gary Winston, in anunabashed caricature of Bill Gates. They were shameless in creatingWinston's home to be identical to the description Gates gave of his ownhomein his book. Robbins, who is vociferous and fanatical leftist thatfrequently and publicly yearns for America to become a Socialist society,threw himself into this lampoon of the techno-corporate culture. Hisperformance is outstanding, deftly hiding his maniacal nature with areasonable corporate demeanor.If you can get beyond the mocking anti-corporate subtext, you will findthisto be an enjoyable thriller. I rated it a 7/10. Software developers willprobably enjoy this film greatly.
It probably seemed like a good idea at the time, showing the terrible potential of huge computer firms. Yet this paranoid fantasy never manages to scare its audience, it doesn't even manage to make them care. It has Ryan Phillipe as a computer whizz who discovers that the man who has employed him (Robbins) is killing off his competitors.There are countless flaws in this movie, especially in casting Ryan Phillipe as the main character. Marvellous as he was in 'Cruel Intentions', he cannot play a nerd to save his life, even if someone obviously did think that he could if he was wearing glasses. As the computer business owner, in a clumsy parallel with Bill Gates, Robbins switches between serious and ludicrous. Both are good actors stuck in the wrong movie. The two female leads, Claire Forlani and Rachel Leigh Cook are used as eye candy and little else. Someone should have thought long and hard before casting a lot of beautiful teenagers as computer geniuses.There is nothing sophisticated or even remotely realisitic about this. For example, Robbins has his enemies killed through street thugs. A thousand other paranoid fantasies in this vein are out there and 'Antitrust' would have to come at the bottom of the pile. The countless twists and turns in the tale certainly aren't ironic, they're just plain stupid. Plus, it's unclear who Howitt was aiming the movie at. It's genre would suggest an entirely different audience to its stars. The ending has a moral tagged on as an afterthought and all loose ends are tied up with one of the most laughable conclusions to any movie. There really is little of note in this movie at all.
What I enjoyed most about this movie is that it showed actual code, ratherthan graphic mock-ups. There are also some strangely funny parts. It ispart whodunnit, part puzzle, but some of the "surprises" are easy toanticipate. This movie is somewhat similar to TheFirm, in my opinion, except that it involves a software company. Overall,it is an enjoyable rental for the evening. It is somewhere between a "justfor fun" movie and a serious work of art.