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Weekend DVD: Antitrust (2001)

Trust is not an option.

Here's the synopsis of Antitrust (2001):

Young idealistic computer programmers are enticed to join NURV (Never Underestimate Radical Vision) by its charismatic CEO, Gary Winston (Tim Robbins) who promises them with a handsome paycheck and a working environment with creative opportunities.

Upon graduating from Stanford, Milo Hoffman (Ryan Philippe) is contacted by Gary. NURV is on the brink of completing their global communication system called Synapse. Recognizing Milo as a computer genius, Gary is adamant to hire Hoffman to help them meet Synapse's launch date.

After much thought, Milo accepts the job offer and moves to NURV headquarters with his girlfriend, Alice Poulson (Claire Forlani). However, Milo soon becomes suspicious of NURV's modus operandi after his best friend, Teddy Chin (Yee Jee Tso) is murdered. As he probes further and much to his horror, he discovers that NURV is stealing codes from programmers around the world -- including Teddy -- and murdering them to cover their tracks.

An interesting point: CEO of NURV, Gary Winston appears to be an amalgam of the CEOs of Microsoft and Apple: Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, respectively. NURV resembles Microsoft in power and composition, and Winston's appearance is modeled after Gates. But Gary Winston also possesses Steve Jobs' cutthroat business drive, fiery temper, and motivational speeches. This combination is also possibly supported by the coexistence of both PCs and Apple computers on the NURV compound. More Trivia for Antitrust.

I wonder if there are other movies of the similar genre in production. It would be interesting to "poke fun" at global computer giant corporations. :P

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