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Antitrust [DVD] [2001]

Ryan Phillippe , Tim Robbins , Peter Howitt    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Ryan Phillippe, Tim Robbins, Rachael Leigh Cook, Claire Forlani, Douglas McFerran
  • Directors: Peter Howitt
  • Writers: Howard Franklin
  • Producers: Ashok Amritraj, C.O. Erickson, David Hoberman, David Nicksay, Julia Chasman
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Oct 2001
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005KFTE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,006 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Anti-Trust is a gripping thriller, and although far from being great filmmaking it is at least notable for being about something important and having the will to follow it through. Macro software company NURV, based on a giant "campus" in the Pacific North West and under investigation by the Department of Justice, is planning to launch a proprietary broadband Internet. Ryan Philippe is adequate as the young geek hero, though Tim Robbins dominates the film as CEO Gary Winston, a skilfully cutting interpretation of a power-corrupted software multibillionaire; Gary Sinise offers an equally compelling characterisation. Peter Howitt directs in broad strokes, keeping things exciting if not exactly subtle, while Don Davis' score is alternately suspenseful and overblown. Howard Franklin's screenplay offers surprising plot detail and a couple of good twists while straining credulity with hoary thriller clichés. Nevertheless, the technical stuff is far more accurate than usual, despite the Hollywood compromises. Anti-Trust provides a rallying cry against the global domination of global communications for the profit of the few, the final 15 minutes delivering an uplifting if simplistic wish-fulfilment fantasy.

On the DVD: The Dolby Digital 5.1 sound is highly atmospheric, though the anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 image is only average, some grain and artefacting letting down the sleek look and elegant design of the film. "Cracking the Code" is a routine 22-minute "making of" documentary, while the audio commentary by director Peter Howitt and editor Zach Staenberg spends a lot of time stating the obvious. --Gary S Dalkin

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In a world where unseen enemies can watch your every move, who can you trust? DVD is in good condition. Region: PAL/2

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Geeks and Non-Geeks Alike, Will Enjoy 5 Jan 2003
This movie is quite well done. I do believe that it is a thinly veiled shot at Microsoft (a bit of an exaggeration to get the point across that a company that huge can be rather evil). The cast is rather impressive. Tim Robbins, made up to look suspiciously like Bill Gates, was amazing as "Gary Winston," the C.E.O. of N.E.R.V., a software giant only comparable to that of the likes of Microsoft. Ryan Phillippe, plays "Milo Hoffman," a Stanford educated computer geek, who is hired by N.E.R.V. to complete work on the ultimate piece of media software called "Synapse." Milo's girlfriend, played by "Mallrats" veteran Claire Forlani, is rather good in her role. Rachael Leigh Cook, from "She's All That" is amazing too! I think that she gets better in every movie she is in.
This movie takes some pretty good twists and turns. It boils down to be murder mystery with a little bit of fighting "Big Brother." Generally, I am not a fan of suspense. It annoys me, because generally we always know which way it is heading. "Antitrust" has great suspense. It is never over-the-top. The movie can be rather unpredictable.
This movie is everything that movies like "Hackers" lack. It is obviously not going to be perfect representation of the Information Technology industry, but it is remarkably close (and really, that would was too close it would probably be bad for business). There are no flashy graphics when it comes to how the code and computers are used. Unlike "Hackers," geeks are geeks here; it isn't the rave scene going around playing computer "Robin Hoods." Not to say that there is too much "geek stuff" in the movie, but what is there looks and feels like the real thing.
"Antitrust" is the best tech movie I have ever seen. The cast is perfect. I have watched this DVD probably twenty times and have yet to tire seeing it. I recommend it to everyone I know in IT, and most anyone else too. The movie is top-shelf material.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good film, a little too much editing in places 6 April 2010
I watched Anti-Trust again on TV recently and enjoyed it for the second time. It makes no secret of which real life software company the NURV corporation is based on, which is all part of the entertainment. And in the lead role Tim Robbins dominates as the nerd with an evil streak. I did find the film a little over edited in places, for example the sesame seed curry scene, what happened at the end of this? Also how did the Ryan Phillipe know who to trust in the end? Maybe it was all done to create a twist for the viewer, but a bit of further plot explanation would not have gone amiss. Over all very good though.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Thriller! 4 July 2013
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I did have this movie on VHS a while ago and wanted to replace it on DVD. It's a tense thriller about computer geniuses, hackers, power and corruption and keeps you on the edge of your seat - and guessing! - all the way through. Ryan Phillippe is a great leading man and Tim Robbins is as brilliant as he always is. It is scary what hackers can do! Definitely worth a watch and definitely at this low cost, worth the money.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Anti-trust 19 Sep 2002
Anti-trust follows the story of garage computer boff Milo Hoffman(Ryan Phillippe-Cruel intentions, studio 54) and his new and exiting job at the worlds most widespread computer software company N.U.R.V.
But Milo, naive and irresponsible to the outcomes of the job finds that the founder of N.U.R.V.,Gary Winston(Oscar nominee Tim Robbins-High Fidelity)and graphics designer Lisa(Rachael Leigh Cook-She's All That, Get Carter Remake)have an unusual interest in him as well as the deaths of other computer wizards including his friend Teddy, cause Milo to rethink his position in N.U.R.V. and his friends perspective of him.
Anti-trust is one of the more daring projects in 2000 with director Peter Howitt(dead Man Walking) having his work cut out for him to level the balance of your average modern thriller and the technical structure of information technology the film,s theme is surrounded by. It can be debateble whether this has been achieved but I myself, hardly able to find the right keys on my laptop, found the film easy going to understand on even a technical level hence it is easy to see in the DVD documentory 'cracking the code',that this was put to much consideration.
The backdrops and props are some of the most lush and eye obsorbing I have sen to date. Producer David Nicksay and production designer Catherine Hardwick have put both budget and CGI technology to great yet not essentual use which intensefies and creates a cleverly trendy experience for the younger audiance.
Actor Ryan Phillippe's performance was somewhat surprizingly good and Tim Robbins as the rather over the top, almost ludicraus Gary Winston, Claire Forlani and gorgeous Rachael Leigh Cook help solidate the overall performance of the film.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Today slightly outdated 16 Jun 2012
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We should consider this dates back to 2000. Internet was existing but just. In this perspective the idea is fine, one cannot avoid thinking of Apple and Steve Jobs's visions.
There are several weaknesses, and as recognised by the Amazon review, this is not great film making. "Milo" in particular is very weak. One wonders about why such a bleak guy is a computer genius. When action starts to swing, then he is more credible.
It is a sort of tale, perhaps 3 starts are too many. Watch and forget. Do not regret if you need to pause viewing fro some reason, you can resume next day.... if you'll remember
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