When Milo (Ryan Phillippe) graduates from college and lands his dream job writing software at a multi-billion dollar computer company, he couldn't be more thrilled. The company's magnetic founder (Tim Robbins) that he worshiped as a child is now his personal mentor. As he settles into his new position, Milo uncovers some dark secrets about the firm and soon learns that he can't trust anyone but himself in the high stakes world of computer technology.
There probably are laws in six or seven states against any actor having as much wink-wink, nudge-nudge fun as Tim Robbins obviously does in "Antitrust." Exceptionally well cast as a computer software mogul whose resemblance to Bill Gates isn't the least bit coincidental, Robbins appears almost indecently amused by his own slyly understated portrayal of a smooth, self-assured sociopath. His performance greatly enhances an otherwise routine paranoid thriller, and could generate just enough critical and audience interest for pic to post better than expected B.O. numbers. Ancillary prospects are even rosier, and cult-fave status -- particularly among propeller-heads, computer geeks and anti-Microsoft fanatics -- is a definite possibility.Oops! wrong review.
This week's feature presentation, now showing at Antitrust Review, has all the elements of a great film: sex, violence, and coarse language.
Antitrust Review, a group blawg featuring news and commentary on recent developments in antitrust, along with discussions of classic cases and economic theory, is the result of an entirely pro-competitive merger between the antitrust and law & economics posts of (Anti-)Trust Me and the Law & Society Blog.
The editors of Antitrust Review are David Fischer, antitrust litigator in Washington, DC and editor of (Anti-)Trust Me, Hanno Kaiser, antitrust lawyer in NYC, adjunct professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, and co-editor of the Law & Society Weblog, Manfred Gabriel, antitrust lawyer in NYC and co-editor of the Law & Society Weblog, and Dan Crane, assistant professor of law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.
This week, David Fischer directs Blawg Review #67.