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Antitrust (2001)

Cast: Ryan Phillippe, Ryan Phillippe, Rachael Leigh Cook, more...
Director: Peter Howitt, Peter Howitt
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Studio: MGM
Running Time: 108 min.
Languages: English, Spanish, French
Subtitles: Spanish, French
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Just how far should one man go to stay ahead of his competition? Milo Hoffmann (Ryan Phillippe) is a young and gifted computer software designer who with his close friend Teddy is about to launch a high-tech start-up firm based on Milo's inventive ideas in convergence, in which he's helping to create new ways for different forms of digital technology to work in harmony. However, before Milo and Teddy can get their company off the ground, Milo receives a very tempting offer from Gary Winston (Tim Robbins), a trailblazing genius in the digital world who has turned his company N.U.R.V. (which stands for "Never Underestimate Radical Vision") into one of the richest and most powerful computer firms on Earth. While Milo is sympathetic to Teddy's beliefs that computer technology should belong to the people and that open source software is the most promising future lies, Winston has long been Milo's role model in design and research, and Milo feels Winston's offer is too good to pass up. Milo and his girlfriend Alice Poulson (Claire Forlani) move out to Silicon Valley, and at first Milo thrives on the challenges of his new position, and develops a close working relationship with fellow designer Lisa Calighan (Rachael Leigh Cook). But Milo underestimates the ruthlessness of the leading-edge software industry, and he soon learns there's a sinister undercurrent to Winston's drive to stay on top. Antitrust earned rising star Ryan Phillippe his first million-dollar paycheck after well-regarded roles in 54 and Cruel Intentions. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

My daycare wasn't that cool! by Cugat March 8, 2006 - 9:19 PM PST
My son and I thought it was worth watching. There was a certain level of tension that was sustained through most of the film. It is very hard to do that, and to keep the story believable at the same time. We have never been impressed with Claire Forlani, but the rest of the actors were very good. We both know a little about computers (cough), so we would call this pseudo-realistic sci-fi.

I want my time back! by rakdaddy August 13, 2002 - 12:06 PM PDT
5 out of 8 members found this review helpful
I saw this movie on a flight from London to Los Angeles. I'd already finished my book and seen the other movies twice. Watching Antitrust was the only thing left to do. I wasn't going anywhere. I had 108 minutes to kill. And yet, I still feel like I got ripped off. That's 108 minutes of my life I will never, ever get back.

I'm still trying to figure out why Ryan Phillippe and Rachael Leigh Cook pretend to be actors when they're really just very pretty mannequins. Phillippe, especially, is a gawdawful actor; as far as I can tell, he has only two facial expressions: a vacuous stare, and an angry vacuous stare.

And let's not get into the continuing debate of how Hollywood just doesn't get how geeks and geek companies operate. I don't care how much "research" the filmmakers did; it all rings hollow. Even if you're trapped on an airplane with nothing to do for 108 minutes, you're better off reading SkyMall a dozen times than seeing Antitrust.

No way this will ever happen... by pelikan March 2, 2002 - 5:20 PM PST
4 out of 4 members found this review helpful
Given the commercials and the premise, the movie wasn't half bad. The plot was ok, the acting was pretty good with the exception of Tim Robbins' unconvincing portrayal of an evil Bill Gates. The 'computer geek lingo' and the code (all the code samples appeared to be XMLish or Javaish) were descent for a movie (compared to The Net it was even believable).
BTW, I dont doubt that an evil software giant could exist, I just couldnt believe that a single guy could take him down. It's almost as hard to believe as the very attractive leading woman being with a computer geek....

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