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When Milo graduates from college and lands his dream job writing software at a multi-billion dollar computer company, he couldn't be more thrilled. The company's magnetic founder that he worshiped as a child is now his personal mentor. As he settles into his new position, Milo uncovers some dark secrets about the firm and soon learns that he can't trust anyone but himself in the high stakes world of computer technology.
PROFANITY: 1 F-word, 5 S-words, 5 A-words, plus a few milder ones. SEX/NUDITY: None VIOLENCE: A brutal beating to death with a bat is shown twice. No blood. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some mild social drinking. ACTION: A couple of foot chases, a fair amount of suspense. COMEDY: Very little. Does have one laugh-out-loud funny scene.
Antitrust follows in the hallowed footsteps of such monuments to ineptitude as The Firm and The Skulls, which have the hero making a pact with a stand-in for the devil. Antitrust is the "same old same old", where a promising young student is seduced by the lure of power and lucre, but eventually seeks redemption when he learns the price that has to be paid for the good life. Actually, the premise is sound, but the plot takes a wrong turn down a blind alley and the lead character ends up acting like a second-rate Dick Tracy. Or, given his youthful appearance, maybe one of the Hardy Boys. Antitrust is a sad excuse for a thriller that won't look appreciably better once it makes its way to video store shelves.
OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
A surprisingly good movie. Both males and females seemed to enjoy it about equal. Approximately one third of the opinions came in a bit on the low side. I would say your chances of enjoying this movie are high, unless your taste in movies tends to match that of critics, who didn't like this movie.
Milo (Ryan Phillippe)
is an idealistic young computer genius with an artist girlfriend (Claire Forlani) and a golden future. He's about to launch a start-up company with
his friend Teddy, when he's recruited by NURV, a multi-billion dollar
corporation, run by his professional hero, Gary Winston (Tim Robbins).
Winston takes a personal interest in Milo. He needs his brilliance to stay ahead
of the field in the race for convergence. There is no second place. For Milo
it's a dream come true, a chance to become a legend in his own right. It's
hard to disappoint Teddy, but their offer is too good to refuse.
With a talented new colleague (Rachael Leigh Cook), Milo is soon caught up in the exciting challenge of realizing
Winston's vision. Winston is an inspired mentor and no problem remains
unsolved for long, but new developments are brought to Milo with such speed and
frequency, he begins to doubt their source.
Tragedy strikes and Milo's doubts become suspicions. It looks as if the
company will stop at nothing to win. He investigates and the consequences become
more and more unnerving, until there is no one left to trust and this
twenty-first century David stands alone against Goliath.