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This movie is the fictional story of computer programming genius Milo Hoffman after graduating from Stanford and getting out into the competitive world of computer software. In his contemplation of where to begin his career, he is contacted by Gary Winston whose character is loosely based on Bill Gates. Winston is the CEO of a company called NURV, and they are on the brink of completing the global communication's system, Synapse. They need Hoffman to help them meet their launch date, so after much thought and with the full support of his girlfriend Alice, he accepts the job. Tragedy soon after strikes and Milo becomes suspicious of the company he has been wrapped up in. He learns that trusting anyone could be a mistake, and that nothing is as it seems.Written by
The first section of code that Gary gives Milo is from "A Simple Multithreaded Web Server", an example Java program from the Sun Developer Network. See more »
Winston uses IP addresses in the private Class A net 10. This can be accepted as the Internet equivalent of a "555" telephone number. Because of schedule pressure and other plot points, they are indeed likely to be using a largely standard protocol, and not a purely proprietary one. See more »
[looking for fingerprints on a keyboard]
Dust the colon and the backslash key! Only geeks use those keys.
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At the end of the cast list in the end credits, there is a section entitled "Geeks", much in the same vein as "Stunts". See more »
Region 4 DVD comes with the following deleted scenes:
"Lisa's Duplicity" - Lisa confides in Milo that her journal that goes missing and then is returned.
"Milo & Lisa" - Milo and Lisa sleep together
"Alice's Suspicion" - Alice is suspicious of Milo and Lisa and quizes him over where he was.
"Lisa Gets Caught" - When Lisa is taking photos of the satellite dishes, she is caught by a security guard.
"Gary & Milo's Game" - Gary Winston asks Milo to help him in a game of Diablo.
"Sleeping With The Enemy" - Milo has rough sex with Alice after he finds out that Alice was sent to spy on him.
"The Rise And Fall of NURV" - An alternate opening & ending sequence. Opening Sequence is a speech by Gary Winston in front of the NURV logo, at his online presentation. Milo is typing away at a computer watching him. The Ending Sequence is Gary Winston preparing his statement for the press. We then hear him start to cry. Milo & Alice are trying to get out of the compound and are stopped at the gate, it doesn't open until a car coming into the compound flashes an FBI badge and enters. Milo and Alice then drive out while the gate is still open. We then see the NURV logo as seen in the opening deleted sequence and hear different media reports until the end. The final media report states ".. Nurv's monopoly over the software industry is over"
I saw this movie not expecting much. While I'm not disappointed in the movie, I felt that more could have been explored in the themes of the movie. Where is the line between self-interest and greed? What creates innovation? What stifles it? What are the consequences of uncontrolled self-interest?
I also found problems with some of the little details (having known lots of computer people, I get picky). For example, all of the code shown is simple html; wouldn't they have used other computer languages? Also, I know the Vancouver area quite well (where Antitrust was filmed) and sometimes, it got too obvious. (See below)
Additionally, some of the other characters' backgrounds could have been developed further.
Yet, the sets were impressive! The interiors did convey the appropriate atmosphere. The use of the Chan Centre at the University of British Columbia- good choice! However, the NURV campus was much too obviously the Burnaby campus of Simon Fraser University. (The aerial shots gave it away).
Still, it was a decent movie, all things considered.
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