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Purpose (2002)

A software developer becomes a billionaire and is distracted by fame, greed and power, then must save his invention and company from a hostile takeover.


(as Alan Lazar)


(original concept) (as Ronen Apteker), (as Ronen Apteker) | 3 more credits »

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Purpo$e is the story of young Internet entrepreneur, John Elias. Purpo$e is a story about business in the new millenium, and a world shifted away from quality to quantity. But even more important than that, it is an emotional story of a character who learns to value relationships, life balance and spiritual purpose, over self-involvement and financial gain. Fundamentally, John learns that love and a sense of purpose are more powerful and more valuable than money. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for sexuality, language and brief drug use | See all certifications »




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1 November 2002 (South Africa)  »

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An updated combination of `Wall Street ` and `Glengarry Glenn Ross'
25 March 2002 | by See all my reviews

Purpo$e is a roller coaster ride through the lifecycle of a dot.com company, during the recent bull market. The film is particularly relevant, and perfectly well timed, given, the recent Enron / Andersen disasters.

Purpose is slick and stylish, and should appeal to audiences who appreciate a good story line, excellent dialogue, great camera work, along with a terrific score. This movie is much better than most of the usual trash that is spewed out of Hollywood year after year.

Purpo$e is an updated combination of `Wall Street ` and `Glengarry Glenn Ross' - greed and excess, along with the implied (although maybe not maliciously intended) `con is always on'. It is both entertaining, and thought provoking, which is a rare combination for any type of film.

Purpo$e forces you to examine the decisions of otherwise intelligent, rational and sophisticated investors (and individuals), during the 90s..and what's particularly interesting is that maybe this analysis is actually introspection on ourselves.

My favorite scene, was John Elias attempting to convince a Mexican fisherman how, he could catch more fish, in order to be able to do exactly what he was already doing - standing on a beach fishing.

Look out for some clever, well placed cameos (Ronnie Apteker) amongst others.

Congratulations to Alan & Ronnie, and everyone involved for a great piece of work.

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