NewsForge: Open Source, the movie: 'AntiTrust' reviewed
Jan 13, 2001, 20:09 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Grant Gross)
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"In "AntiTrust," the new movie pitting a bunch of
good-looking Open Source coders against a big, bad software
company, the message is well-intentioned if a bit heavy-handed, but
the plot requires you to suspend disbelief at several turns. Still,
it's the first major-studio picture starring the Open Source
movement, so you may want to see it despite a predictable story
line and uneven performances from its young cast. Or you could
see it just to count the number of times the Gnome desktop appears,
mostly for a second or two at a time."
"AntiTrust" stars too-pretty-to-be-a-geek Ryan Phillippe as
Milo, a recent Stanford computer science graduate who abandons his
friends' Open Source startup to work for software giant NURV (Never
Underestimate Radical Vision) and its potato chip-munching, temper
tantrum-prone founder Gary Winston (Tim Robbins). Winston, who
flaunts his incredible wealth in his Pacific Northwest palace,
spews speeches that would make any high school football coach
proud, repeating things like, "The software business is binary.
You're either a one or a zero, alive or dead."
"First suspended disbelief: Winston hires Milo to work on
Synapse, a satellite-powered messaging system that is supposed to
allow someone with the right codes to broadcast anything they want
to every TV, cell phone, and computer in the world. Milo signs up
42 days before Synapse is supposed to launch."