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 jacket number (and reference in the NURV computer database) for Richard Roundtree's character, Lyle Burton, is ND47. The number 47 occurs frequently in science fiction (most notably in Star Trek) due to a "joke proof" written by Donald Bentley in 1964, showing all numbers to be equal to 47. See more »
When Milo and Teddy's pictures are being circled in the yearbook, you can see an "email Milo" and "email Teddy" link under their descriptions. See more »
Gary Winston once said that any teenager in a garage could put him out of business. Is that what you've done?
[Looking around him]
This is a garage.
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Closing disclaimer: Stanford University has not endorsed this motion picture and no filming took place on the Stanford campus. There are a number of other entities and persons with names which may be the same or similar to those used in this motion picture. However, this motion picture is entirely fictional and (except for minor incidental references) is not intended to depict or refer to any other existing entities or persons and any such references are purely coincidental. See more »
Deleted scenes featured on DVD edition include:
Gary asks Milo for help solving a problem he is having with the game Diablo II.
Love scenes between Lisa and Milo (which would have explained why Alice was jealous).
Dramatic tension, when done correctly, adds to a movie immeasurably. The long, lonely shot of Cary Grant waiting at the crossroads in "North by Northwest" set up a dramatic isolation. The deep shot of Bruce Willis in the doctor's office in the beginning of "Unbreakable" accomplishes the same thing. If you have an IQ in the double digit range, you will have a sense of dramatic isolation in a screening of "Antitrust"
The characters do not function as human beings in super-human situations, something that Hitchcock and Shaymalan films understand and use to superb result. Instead these characters serve as simple plot delivery devices...the equivalent of a cinematic Federal Express driver. DING-DONG, "Plot twist's here!"
The characters are bad sketches of good characters from other movies... other movies you'd be better off seeing!
Ryan Phillipe, the protagonist, plods along through this film showing nary an emotion, even though "the plot" gives him every reason to be busting heads like a 6th grader smashing pumpkins on Halloween. And his hidden weakness (hint, it's like Kryptonite on a muffin) is deplorably laughable. Had the character been better developed, we might care that he, for instance, can't eat at McDonalds.
And the rest of the cast is almost interchangable. Whenever there is message to be conveyed or a plot point to be twisted, the screenwriter simply throws another mindless character (that's spelled "c-h-a-r-c-t-e-r", but pronounced "automotan") at it. DING-DONG, "Ma'am, I'm here to deliver comic relief...sign here."
And maybe this is just me, but why doesn't a computer company have better computer security? Phillipe's character (Milo for those scoring at home) can waltz into a computer lab and download the entire company's personnel files, but I can't get my e-mail without entering seven different access codes?
Do yourself a favor, save the money you would have spent on this movie and use it to invest in Microsoft. When the people who saw the movie find out what Microsoft can do with a cool frame and some crappy Sears pictures, they'll be busting down the doors of the local Radio Shack to get the latest Microsoft Magic Eye Masterpiece. You can thank me later.
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