- Antitrust (film)
name = Antitrust
David Hoberman Ashok Amritraj C.O. Erickson Julia Chasmancite web|accessdate = 2008-02-26|url=http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/1802760268/cast|title=Antitrust (2001) - Cast and Credits|work= Yahoo! Movies|publisher=Yahoo Inc.]
Ryan Phillippe Tim Robbins Rachael Leigh Cook Claire Forlani
music = Don Davis
released = start date|2001|01|12
runtime = 75 minutes
country = flagcountry|United States
language = English
gross = $18,195,610cite web|url=http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=antitrust.htm|title=Antitrust (2001)|work=
Box Office Mojo|accessdate=2008-02-26|publisher=Box Office Mojo LLC]
website = http://www.antitrustthemovie.com
amg_id = 1:231024
imdb_id = 0218817
"Antitrust" (also titled "Conspiracy.com"cite web|url= http://outnow.ch/Movies/2001/ConspiracyCom/|title= conspiracy.com|accessdate= 2008-02-26|date= 2001-02-06|publisher= OutNow.CH|language= German] and "Startup"cite web|url=http://www.filmevonabisz.de/filmsuche.cfm?wert=515051&sucheNach=titel|title=Filmlexikon FILME von A-Z - startup|accessdate=2008-02-26|language=German] ) is a 2001
thriller filmwritten by Howard Franklinand directed by Peter Howitt.
"Antitrust" portrays young idealistic
programmers and a large corporation (NURV) that offers significant money, a low-keyed working environment, and creative opportunities for those talented programmers willing to work for them. The charismatic CEO of NURV (Robbins) seems to be good natured, but recent employee and protagonistMilo Hoffman (Phillippe) begins to unravel the terrible hidden truth of NURV's operation.cite video |date2 = 2001-01-12 |title = Antitrust |medium = motion picture |publisher = Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer|location = Los Angeles, California, United States|accessdate = ]
Ryan Phillippe, Tim Robbins, Rachael Leigh Cook, and Claire Forlani,cite web|url=http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/1802760268/info|title=Antitrust (2001) - Movie Info|accessdate=2008-02-26|work= Yahoo! Movies|publisher=Yahoo Inc.] "Antitrust" opened in the United Stateson January 12, 2001,cite web|url=http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/1802760268/details|title=Antitrust (2001) - Movie Details|accessdate=2008-02-26|work= Yahoo! Movies|publisher=Yahoo Inc.] and despite hope for the film and its pro-open-source message, it was generally panned by reviewers and critics.
Working with friends at their new software development company dedicated to preserving creative integrity and information exchange, Milo Hoffman (Phillippe) is approached by CEO Gary Winston (Robbins) of NURV (Never Underestimate Radical Vision) for a programming position few would refuse—a fat paycheck, an almost-unrestrained working environment, and extensive creative control over his work.
The environment of NURV seems as advertised: a family-oriented, friendly company that places great value on individual creativity.
NERFfootballs fly around the office, the atmosphere is relaxed, and the CEO personally shows Milo to his workstation and introduces him to his co-workers.
flagship product("Synapse", a worldwide media distribution network) being well on schedule, Hoffman begins to develop suspicions about the motives and methods of NURV. He eventually discovers that their employees are extensively monitored and that much of their source codeis stolen from programmers (to include Hoffman's former startup associates) who have been contractually killed by the company. Hoffman begins a one-man investigation into NURV's secrets, and eventually enlists the aid of fellow NURV employee Lisa Calighan (Cook).
Hoffman, gathering his computer hobbyist friends and an FBI mole inside NURV, manages to hijack the Synapse network, publicly uploading the source code, accompanied by a video of his own making—one that reveals the identity of the murdered programmers and the force behind their death.
Roger Ebertfound Gary Winston to be a thinly disguised pastiche of Bill Gates; so much that he was "surprised [the writers] didn't protect against libel by having the villain wear a name tag saying, 'Hi! I'm not Bill!'" Similarly, Ebert felt NURV "seems a whole lot like Microsoft." Ebert was in good company with his observations, parallels between the fictional and real-world software giants were also drawn by Lisa Bowman of "ZDNet UK", James Berardinelliof "ReelViews",cite web|url= http://www.reelviews.net/movies/a/antitrust.html|title= Review: Antitrust|accessdate= 2008-02-26|last= Berardinelli|first= James |authorlink= James Berardinelli|year= 2001|work= ReelViews] Rita Kempley of the " The Washington Post",cite web|url= http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/entertainment/movies/reviews/antitrustkempley.htm|title= 'Antitrust': Battling the Evil Geek |accessdate= 2008-02-26|last= Kempley|first= Rita|date= 2001-01-12|work= The Washington Post|publisher= Boisfeuillet Jones, Jr.] and many others.
Ryan Phillippeas Milo Hoffman.
Rachael Leigh Cookas Lisa Calighan.
Claire Forlanias Alice Poulson.
Tim Robbinsas Gary Winston.
Douglas McFerranas Bob Shrot.
Richard Roundtreeas Lyle Barton.
Tygh Runyanas Larry Banks.
Yee Jee Tsoas Teddy Chin.
Nate Dushkuas Brian Bissel.
Ned Bellamyas Phil Grimes.
Tyler Labineas Redmond Schmeichel.
Scott Bellisas Randy Sheringham.
David Lovgrenas Danny Solskjær.
Zahf Parooas Desi.
Jonathon Youngas Stinky.
"Antitrust" was shot in
Californiaas well as Vancouver, British Columbia, with Simon Fraser University's Burnaby, B.C. campus standing in for NURV headquarters.cite web|url= http://students.sfu.ca/filming/index.html|title= SFU in films and television|accessdate= 2008-02-26|work=SFU.ca|publisher= Simon Fraser University]
's pro- open sourcestory excited industry leaders and professionals with the prospects of expanding the public's awareness and knowledge level of the availability of open-source software. The film heavily features Linuxand its community, using screenshots of the Gnome desktop, consulting Linux professionals, as well as cameos by Miguel de Icazaand Scott McNealy(the latter appearing in the film's trailers). Jon Hall, executive directorof Linux Internationaland consultant on the film said " ["Antitrust"] is a way of bringing the concept of open source and the fact that there is an alternative to the general public, who often don't even know that there is one."cite web|url= http://news.zdnet.co.uk/software/0,1000000121,2083535,00.htm?r=8|title= Linux to star on silver screen|accessdate= 2008-02-26|last= Bowman|first= Lisa|date= 2001-01-08|work= ZDNet UK|publisher= CNET Networks, Inc.]
Despite the film's message about open source computing, MGM didn't follow-through with their marketing: the official website for "Antitrust" featured some videotaped interviews which were only available in Apple's
Review aggregate websites
Rotten Tomatoesand Metacriticreported generally poor reception: based on 102 reviews, only 25% of critics gave the film positive write-ups,cite web|url=http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/antitrust/|title=Antitrust - Movie Reviews, Trailers, Pictures|accessdate=2008-02-26|publisher= Rotten Tomatoes] with a calculated metascore of 31 (out of 100).cite web|url= http://www.metacritic.com/video/titles/antitrust?q=Antitrust|title= AntiTrust (2001): Reviews|accessdate= 2008-05-09|publisher= Metacritic] Professional critic Roger Ebertonly gave the film two stars (out of four).cite web|url= http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20010112/REVIEWS/101120301/1023|title= Antitrust|accessdate= 2008-02-26|last= Ebert|first= Roger|authorlink= Roger Ebert|date= 2001-01-12|work= Chicago Sun-Times|publisher= John D. Cruickshank] Linux.comappreciated the film's open-source message but felt the film overall was lackluster, saying "'"AntiTrust"' is probably worth a $7.50 ticket on a night when you've got nothing else planned."cite web|url= http://www.linux.com/feature/6854|title= Open Source, the movie: 'AntiTrust' reviewed|accessdate= 2008-02-26|last= Gross|first= Grant|date= 2001-01-13|work= Linux.com]
James Keith La Croix of Detroit's "
Metro Times" gave the film four stars, impressed that "Antitrust " is a thriller that actually thrills."cite web|url= http://www.metrotimes.com/editorial/review.asp?id=43446|title= Antitrust|accessdate= 2008-02-26|last= La Croix|first= James|date= 2001-01-17|work= Metro Times|publisher= Lisa Rudy]
"Antitrust" was released as a "Special Edition"
DVDon May 15, 2001.cite web|url=http://www.amazon.com/Antitrust-Ned-Bellamy/dp/B00005AUDW/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1204173263&sr=8-1|title=Antitrust (2001)|accessdate=2008-02-27|publisher= Amazon.com] and on VHSon December 26, 2001.cite web|url=http://www.amazon.com/Antitrust-Ned-Bellamy/dp/B00003CXSF/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=video&qid=1204174044&sr=1-1|title=Antitrust (2000)|accessdate=2008-02-27|publisher= Amazon.com] The DVD features audio commentaryby the director and editor, an exclusive documentary, deleted scenes and alternative opening and closing sequences with director's commentary, the music video for "" by Everclear, and the original theatrical trailer; the DVD was re-released August 1, 2006.cite web|url=http://www.cinemaclock.com/dvd/dvd.aw/p.clock/r.ont/m.Belleville/j.e/i.2050/n.1/f.Antitrust__Special_Edition_.html|title=Antitrust - Special Edition (DVD)|accessdate=2008-02-27|publisher=CinemaClock Canada Inc.]
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