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NewsForge: Open Source, the movie: 'AntiTrust' reviewed

Jan 13, 2001, 20:09 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Grant Gross)

"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."

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