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Antitrust (2001), (PG-13)
CAP Score: 61
CAP Influence Density: 0.70
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NOTE: If you do not want the plot, ending, or "secrets" of a movie spoiled for you, skip the Summary/Commentary. In any case, be sure to visit the Findings/Scoring section -- it is purely objective and is the heart of the CAP Entertainment Media Analysis Model applied to this movie
SUMMARY / COMMENTARY:
ANTITRUST (PG-13) -- Bill Gates and Steve Jobs all in one
Though I have no idea whether Bill Gates (Microsoft) and Steve Jobs (Macintosh) have practiced some of the underhanded dealings of Gary Winston (Tim Robbins) of N.U.R.V. (Never Underestimate Radical Vision), such projection is made in Antitrust. Even "overnight success" starting in a garage is there.
Computer programming genius, Milo Hoffman (Ryan Phillippe) knows about a new discovery of S.Y.N.A.P.S.E which can send text, data, video, voice and maybe the kitchen sink. Hoffman is close to developing the code for it and feels it should available to the world for free. Winston, CEO of software giant N.U.R.V. knows the code, too but wants to make billions from it. Feeling that trying to make his new developments on his own might be a bad idea, Hoffman breaks down and takes his skills and talents to N.U.R.V., largely because of the personal attention he is getting from Winston. Hoffman's fellow geeks are not sanguine about what he is doing but each goes his separate way.
Once on board N.U.R.V. Hoffman is befriended by almost daily visits by Winston and has fully bought into the idea of working for him, especially since a bright and attractive young programmer, Lisa (Rachel Leigh Cook) seems to have taken an interest in him. This new relational development does not sit well with Hoffman's live-in girlfriend, Alice (Claire Forlani). But as the plot thickens, Hoffman finds that Alice - err - Rebecca is not who she seems to be, and he finds that Lisa is also not who she seems to be. Further, his best geek buddy and previous partner Teddy Chin gets murdered for coming too close to finalizing the secret code before Winston gets it ... and we are shown the murder three times, graphically. We are also shown the practice of trickery, deceit and lies repeatedly [Acts 13:10]. In the end, the bad guy gets his comeupance, but as usual 99% of the imagery and script is spent on presenting the wrongdoings with about 1% spent on the consequences. These percentages are, or course, approximations but the point is made.
Additional questionable and/or undesirable properties of this flick include the three/four letter word vocabulary often and the most foul of the foul words once [Acts 20:30]. Antitrust presents cohabitation as morally acceptable [Heb. 13:4] and "Kevorkian" violence art [Ps. 101:3], some with nudity [**]. The listing in the Findings/Scoring section provides the details.
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As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
FINDINGS / SCORING:
NOTE: Multiple occurrences of each item described below may be likely, definitely when plural.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
Offense to God (O)(2):