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Overall Rating
2.42

Awesome: 18.64%
Worth A Look: 11.86%
Average: 6.78%
Pretty Bad: 18.64%
Total Crap44.07%

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AntiTrust
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by EricDSnider

"I'm so tired of movies where people say, 'Give me the disk!'"
2 stars

This is a good movie to see if your goal is to see every single movie ever made. Otherwise, why bother? You have a lot of better options.

I saw two movies on Jan. 10, and both had characters named Teddy. The first Teddy was in a good movie called "Memento." The second was in a mediocre movie called "AntiTrust." It is the latter, unfortunately, that we have to talk about now.

It's about a sexy young computer geek named Milo (Ryan Phillippe) who, with his buddy Teddy (Yee Jee Tso), is on the verge of developing the technology to send instant video, audio or text messaging to any electronic device in the world, from computers to TVs to Palm Pilots.

At the same time, though, the Portland-based computer monopoly NURV is about to figure out the same thing -- only instead of giving it away, they're going to sell it and further their chokehold on the computing world. The head of NURV is Gary Winston (Tim Robbins), who is NOT AT ALL exactly like Bill Gates, even down to the geeky glasses, bad haircut and pact with Satan.

Gary needs Milo and Teddy's skills and succeeds in hiring away Milo and his live-in girlfriend Alice (Claire Forlani). Teddy refuses to go on a matter of principle and stays in Silicon Valley to work out the software himself.

The NURV headquarters are a large, modern facility with all the amenities, including a hot female coworker named Lisa (Rachael Leigh Cook), who is pretty indifferent toward everything but seems to have a slight interest in Milo.

Since we know this is a movie about an evil software giant, and since Teddy is a minority, we can guess that he'll be first to die. Which he is, except for an anonymous software developer who is in a questionable car accident, mentioned in one of the film's few bits of foreshadowing that's actually subtle. Teddy's murder is obviously the work of Stan's goons, but they make it look like a racially motivated hate crime. Milo figures out what's going, though, and goes about trying to get to the bottom of it all, Scooby-Doo style.

"AntiTrust" is one of those movies that has characters who say, "Give me the disk!" in very angry tones. It's full of plot twists, but none of them is different from what we've seen in other thrillers.

For that matter, even if you'd never seen a movie before in your life, you could still guess what was going to happen here because of Peter Howitt's all-thumbs directing. In a restaurant scene, Milo absent-mindedly almost eats a sesame seed. Alice makes a huge deal out of it, then the subject quickly passes. They're hoping we won't catch on that later in the movie, sesame seeds are going to be important. Later, it's not enough for Milo to find about 17 different proofs that Gary had Teddy killed; he has to find an actual videotape of the incident, too, accompanied by a shrieking musical soundtrack and zooming close-ups on Ryan Phillippe's puffy-lipped face. All the clues are beaten into our heads that way, Howitt apparently assuming the audience is as slow on the uptake as the protagonist is. (You'll be amazed at the people Milo is dumb enough to trust.) This movie wasn't directed so much as it was man-handled.

There's a very clumsy direct reference to Bill Gates, too, which is impossibly stupid. The Gary Winston character is obviously meant to represent him, what with his character owning all the computer software in the world. But how could he be so powerful if Bill Gates is a real person in the movie's world, too? Bill Gates and Gary Winston can't exist in the same universe, because the whole controversy around both of them is that they own too much. If they both exist, then obviously neither of them has anything close to a monopoly.

But that's a minor complaint about a film that has so many more relevant things to complain about.

Lacking tension and originality, "AntiTrust" is just another trendy film about a trendy subject. Like most computer software, it will be obsolete before too long, and you'll have forgotten you ever saw it even sooner than that.

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User Comments

9/21/10 PAUL SHORTT CLEVER AND CONVINCING 3 stars
1/27/04 Eaper I liked this film so go jump, for people with a clue only. 4 stars
1/26/04 john bale Strictly for the kids is this naive bit of nonsense which does nothing for Tim Robbins 2 stars
12/17/03 Mindcrime Awesome movie! 5 stars
11/09/03 Dark Barøn Fucking crap. 1 stars
9/30/03 henry kalu awesome 5 stars
4/18/03 Jack Sommersby Dumb fun. 3 stars
11/16/02 Big Ted True Crap. 1 stars
8/30/02 The Talking Elbow Better then 95% of Teen Suspense movies... Wasn't perfect, didn't suck either. 4 stars
8/09/02 palaboy101 This movie makes Bill Gates look very bad! Great gizmos though... 3 stars
12/02/01 Anni This is fucking amazing movie...It's my all time favorite... 5 stars
11/15/01 Mike Awesome! Great for almost any computer geek out there. Very entertaining. Not for children. 4 stars
10/11/01 *~Danielle*Ophelia~* Read this post s l o w l y: "Hot" actors do not a good film make. Get it? Got it? Good. 1 stars
6/15/01 Tzila Seewald Love it! The computer was full amazing thing! U never know who is trustable! 5 stars
6/14/01 Juliette Realy good movie, Ryan Philippe is a nice choice for that role, Pretty boy !!!!! 5 stars
6/07/01 JanK Hot young faces and bodies to look at but the rest sucks. 2 stars
6/04/01 Geebo Unprecedented plot line, and minimal offensive material, made a great movie. 5 stars
5/30/01 Thatguy Oooh, movie producers read Slashdot. Film at 11. 2 stars
5/27/01 Jeff J Surprisingly Great! 5 stars
5/22/01 Box of Chocolates I'm a heterosexual guy but even I admit Ryan Philippe is hot. This movie is dull, though 2 stars
5/16/01 Rampage I give this movie a F for bad acting and wasted cast. Damn you Ryan Philippe! 1 stars
5/07/01 Kate Awesome movie! Very suspenseful plus Ryan Phillippe is a really good actor and wicked hot!! 5 stars
5/06/01 blah blah great especially the costumes 5 stars
2/05/01 Stuntman I understand computer lingo, you goddam twerps and I hated that movie! 1 stars
1/29/01 Nic If you don't understand computer lingo, don't see this movie. I do, and I loved it! 5 stars
1/26/01 Boy In The Designer Bubble I didn't know Bill Gates was an actor? He did a good job in this flick. 1 stars
1/21/01 bob jones vapid, pandering, schlocky, worse than hackers 1 stars
1/19/01 Ground Zero more like a rehash of Hackers 2 stars
1/16/01 alien being a techie geek, I was impressed by the references to open source vs. monopolies. 4 stars
1/15/01 Frankly Being a computer geek, I actually enjoyed it. Paper-thin plot, but good to just go with. 4 stars
1/14/01 Jenny-My-Fur it was a good flick, better than a lot of the other crap out there 5 stars
1/14/01 Cenic Rachel Leigh Cook's character helped complete it so it would be done by its set launch. 4 stars
1/14/01 Jayne Downley I thinks it gets a bad wrap for all the faux-tech stuff. It's not bad. 4 stars
1/13/01 movie chick It wasn't bad. It could have had more suspense. 3 stars
1/12/01 Gariess Tim Robbins should be severely beaten for having anything to do with this outrage of a fil 1 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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  12-Jan-2001 (PG-13)

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