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Travelling Salesman (2012)

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Four mathematicians are hired by the US government to solve the most powerful problem in computer science history.

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Credited cast:
Danny Barclay ... No. 1 - Tim Horton
Eric Bloom Eric Bloom ... No. 2
David John Cole ... Professor Acuri
Malek Houlihan Malek Houlihan ... Mysterious Man
Matt Lagan ... Number Four
Marc Raymond ... No. 5
Tyler Seiple ... No. 3
Steve West Steve West ... Hugh
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Four mathematicians are hired by the US government to solve the most powerful problem in computer science history.

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16 June 2012 (USA) See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA

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The recorded speech given during the film ends at exactly 13:13:13:13 See more »

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Early in the film, the character Tim Horton asks a colleague about the characteristics of a desert. The colleague replies that they are 'hot'. This is not true, since Antarctica is a desert and is not thought of as being 'hot'. There are many ways to classify an area as a desert. Two of the main methods are that total precipitation is less than 10 inches, and the evaporation being greater than precipitation. 'Hot' is too subjective a term since many people will disagree on what qualifies as 'hot'. See more »

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No. 5: I fucking own you!
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very interesting and realistic topic well articulated (if you understand what it's talking about)
14 September 2013 | by vdmsssSee all my reviews

This film is about a four theoretical computer scientists who have just proved the conjecture P=NP in the context of a classified research project funded by NSA, DHS and the like. Such a discovery (which incidentally and just to pacify you is not believed possible) would have an enormous impact on our current digital world, in particular would make cryptography breakable and -therefore- terminally undermine the very foundations of any form of security and privacy on the Internet. The entire spectrum of consequences is hard to predict and, surely, in "capable" hands such knowledge would be quite a powerful weapon. This is rendered well in the film, as is the ensuing conscience struggle for the scientist: to comply with the government's demand of absolute silence, or make the result public at the risk of being branded as traitors?

When (s)he says that this film attempts to present a certain "travelling salesman problem" as if everything else depended on it, I suggest user "qqwe qweetr" does not understand what (s)he is talking about. Indeed the situation depicted by the film is plausible, even possible (though extremely unlikely), the screenplay and the dialogues are competent, and the whole package is intriguing if you understand the context. Given that, the film is not a particular good piece of cinema, sounds a lot like a theatrical piece, and surely most details (and therefore of the plot) will go over the head of the typical viewer. However, for a film made with $10,000 this is quite an achievement. Chapeau!


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