Antitrust

  • Review Date: May 3, 2004
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Release Year: 2001
  • Running Time: 106 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Silicon Valley story of good versus evil-sort of.
  • Review Date: May 3, 2004
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Release Year: 2001
  • Running Time: 106 minutes

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The calculated corporate killing of an Asian-American is covered up as a hate crime, with racial slurs used.

Violence

A young man is brutally beaten to death. Hints of other murders (offscreen). The hero faces a dinner--cooked by his duplicitous girlfriend--which might be poisoned. Company assassins chase and corner the good guys.

Sex

The very-young-looking hero and his girlfriend are shown in bed together. Mention of one character having been molested by her stepfather.

Language

Widely scattered. One use of the F-word.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Much drinking of alcohol.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that someone tries to poison the hero in this movie. Company assassins chase and corner the good guys. The calculated corporate killing of an Asian-American is covered up as a hate crime, with racial slurs used. Widely scattered profanity -- one use of "f--k." Much drinking of alcohol. The hero plants a homemade bomb to create a distraction while he investigates. Breaking-and-entering, online and off, by the good guy. The very-young-looking hero and his girlfriend are shown in bed together. Mention of one character having been molested by her stepfather. A young man is brutally beaten to death. Hints of other murders (offscreen).

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What's the story?

ANTITRUST begins as computer genius Milo Hoffman (Ryan Phillippe) tries to launch a start-up company that he believes will make vast improvements in digital technology. Enter Gary Winston (Tim Robbins), a diabolical software king (the character seems to be based partly on Bill Gates). When Winston makes Milo an offer he can't refuse, the optimistic-yet-naïve young man moves to Silicon Valley with his girlfriend (Claire Forlani) and begins working at Winston's firm, where he collaborates closely with pretty coworker Lisa (Rachael Leigh Cook). But eventually Winston's monopolistic approach to the computer industry becomes clear, and Milo can no longer deny that he's sold out and that his one-time hero is a greedy, controlling megalomaniac.

Is it any good?

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For some reason American filmmakers never tire of depicting businessman as greedy, conniving, and evil. While there's some high-minded dialogue in which Milo berates Winston for losing his ethics, Antitrust is basically a teen-oriented cyberthriller with gigabytes of tech-talk and the disquieting notion that you can't trust anyone over thirty. Or over $30,000 a year.

Aside from anti-business business, the film suffers from the fact that typing on a keyboard and Saving Files to Root Directory just aren't very exciting visually. But Milo spends much of his time doing just that, fingers flying and eyes wide in close-up. There's a blaring soundtrack to tip us off when something is scary, and flashbacks of events and dialogue that took place only moments before--as if viewers aren't expected to have the attention spans to remember such things.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the moral choices Milo makes, and the definition of a "transit module."

Movie details

Theatrical release date:December 26, 2001
DVD release date:December 26, 2001
Cast:Claire Forlani, Ryan Phillippe, Tim Robbins
Director:Peter Howitt
Studio:MGM/UA
Genre:Thriller
Run time:106 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:some violence and brief language

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Parent of a 2 year old Written bygerbowski November 14, 2012
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The reviewers on this website must love big greedy corporations

Wow, the people who run this website don't have an agenda or anything do they?? I'm not sure the guy who reviewed this actually watched the movie, since some of his facts are just plain wrong. They can't come up with a more positive message than the Asian slurs??? How about the little guy standing up to the greedy corporation who is trying to stamp out the free market. I'm not sure what their definition of much is, but there's not that much drinking in this movie and nobody is ever drunk. I am starting to wonder about the people responsible for this website, either they are biased toward a particular way of thinking or they are just making stuff up. I'm not saying this movie was super spectacular, it wasn't, but don't believe everything you read on this site. It's funny how a movie that questions the actions of the super-rich and greedy corporations is painted in a bad light by a website that is supposed to be for parents and kids. I guess we're just not suppose to question our financial and intellectual superiors in the tall buildings. We do know the people that work for this website are making more than $30,000 a year though, I guess we can't trust them either.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing
Kid, 10 years old April 9, 2008
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