Antitrust (2001)



Critic Consensus: Due to its use of cliched and ludicrous plot devices, this thriller is more predictable than suspenseful. Also, the acting is bad.

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Just how far should one man go to stay ahead of his competition? Milo Hoffmann (Ryan Phillippe) is a young and gifted computer software designer who with his close friend Teddy is about to launch a high-tech start-up firm based on Milo's inventive ideas in convergence, in which he's helping to create new ways for different forms of digital technology to work in harmony. However, before Milo and Teddy can get their company off the ground, Milo receives a very tempting offer from Gary Winston (Tim Robbins), a trailblazing genius in the digital world who has turned his company N.U.R.V. (which stands for "Never Underestimate Radical Vision") into one of the richest and most powerful computer firms on Earth. While Milo is sympathetic to Teddy's beliefs that computer technology should belong to the people and that open source software is the most promising future lies, Winston has long been Milo's role model in design and research, and Milo feels Winston's offer is too good to pass up. Milo and his girlfriend Alice Poulson (Claire Forlani) move out to Silicon Valley, and at first Milo thrives on the challenges of his new position, and develops a close working relationship with fellow designer Lisa Calighan (Rachael Leigh Cook). But Milo underestimates the ruthlessness of the leading-edge software industry, and he soon learns there's a sinister undercurrent to Winston's drive to stay on top. Antitrust earned rising star Ryan Phillippe his first million-dollar paycheck after well-regarded roles in 54 and Cruel Intentions.
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Claire Forlani
as Alice Poulson
Tim Robbins
as Gary Winston
Rachael Leigh Cook
as Lisa Calighan
Ryan Phillippe
as Milo Hoffman
Richard Roundtree
as Lyle Barton
JR Bourne
as Building 21 Guard
Simon Wong
as Geek
Tygh Runyan
as Larry Banks
Douglas McFerran
as Bob Shrot
Nate Dushku
as Brian Bissel
Tyler Labine
as Redmond
Peter New
as Skinhead
Benita Ha
as Party Reporter
Ned Bellamy
as Phil Grimes
Sarah Deakins
as DOJ Receptionist
Bobby Stewart
as Building 20 Guard
Peter Howitt
as Homeless Man
Yee Jee Tso
as Teddy Chin
Colin Cunningham
as Building 20 Guard
Colin Foo
as Grocer
Eric Breker
as Building 20 Guard
Claire Riley
as Reporter
Ian Robison
as Lawyer
Elizabeth Carol Savenkoff
as Clarissa Winston
Zahf Paroo
as Desi
Ian Bliss
as Policeman
Linden Banks
as Reporter
Eric Keenleyside
as Coffee Guard
Ron Halder
as Houseman
Rick Worthy
as Shrot's Assistant
Howard Storey
as Rent-A-Guard
Helena Yea
as Grocer's Wife
Linda Ko
as Gary's Secretary
Ed Beechner
as Ken Cosgrove
Tamara Taggart
as Reporter
Daniel McKellar
as Co-Worker
Norma Jean Wick
as Reporter
Rob Court
as Reporter
Justin Sain
as Policeman
Dayna Devon
as TV Interviewer
Julie McDowell
as Concerned Guest
Ingelise Nherlan
as Yoga Woman
Blaine Perrin
as Skinhead
Patti Vieta
as Reporter
Scott Fee
as Reporter
Peter Goudie
as Senator
Anees Peterman
as Senator
Gregor Trpin
as Computer Guy
Scott McNealy
as Himself
Brian Walley
as Press Photographer
Robert J. Halas
as Cameraman
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Critic Reviews for Antitrust

All Critics (106) | Top Critics (31)

Got a by-the-numbers plot? A premise that's intriguing but also has holes in it? Dialogue that needs punching up? Hire Tim Robbins. He can save just about anything.

Full Review… | November 6, 2002
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

My, my, such a high-tech setting -- too bad it's marred by such a low-tech plot.

Full Review… | March 19, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

There's not an original note in Howard Franklin's screenplay or Peter Howitt's direction.

June 4, 2001
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

The flashy topicality amounts to little, and Peter Howitt's slavishly generic direction doesn't help.

January 17, 2001
Village Voice
Top Critic

As sly as it is knowing, and played with wit to match its conviction.

January 12, 2001
Detroit News
Top Critic

A vast improvement over earlier attempts at this growing genre.

January 12, 2001
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Antitrust

A thriller that starts out fun and likable but ultimately ends on a remarkably absurd note. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed parts of it and I've definitely seen worse, but the end of this kept the stupid coming, and coming, and coming. The bright spots? Ryan Phillippe is routinely excellent (he has the ultimate "BS face", also seen in "Breach") and the film doesn't get too pretentious because it's evident it's just a fun little movie. Too bad they overdo the fun and crank up the cheesiness to an unbearable degree at it's conclusion.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

This tale of a software writer who discovers the success of his Bill Gates-like boss and menor may be based more on treachery than talent, is unfortunately degenerates from topical drama to ludicrous thriller.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

One of those movies I liked when I was still in college.

Ginny  X
Ginny  X

Super Reviewer

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