Back Add a Comment Share:
Facebook Button
Film
“Antitrust” tells the story of a powerful and rich computer guru, Gary Winston (Tim Robbins), who is very reminiscent of Microsoft’s Bill Gates, and is trying to woo Stanford’s most intelligent computer geeks Milo Hoffman (Ryan Phillippe) and Teddy Chin (Yee Jee Tso) to work for him. Winston’s latest project SYNAPSE, will give the world the ability to communicate with each other using any and every communication device possible. Hoffman accepts the job offer, while Chin declines. A chain of events are set into motion that results in the death of some highly intelligent computer programmers, a conspiracy and paranoia that is nothing short of brilliant, and Hoffman begins to question why he is really working for Winston.

Antitrust
Tim Robbins, who has always been one of my favourite actors, is extremely powerful in this role. On screen it appears as if Robbins may have allowed the character to consume him, which is equally true of Phillippe as well! His portrayal of Milo is filled with energy, yet it’s very quiet and subdued with a sense of innocence and naivety.

Rachel Leigh Cook and Claire Forlani also join the cast as two powerful women in Milo’s life. Both give strong performances that are believable and realistic.

Video
“Antitrust” is presented in its original theatrical aspect of 2.35:1, anamorphically enhanced. The transfer is a stellar and very little, if any, blemishes or scratches were noticed. The colours, lights and darks, are strong, crisp and clean.  MGM has done a fine job with this one!

Audio
MGM has also presented “Antitrust” with a glorious 5.1 Dolby Digital track that sounds amazing. Dialogue is crisp, clean and sharp and I did not notice any distortion… If its there, its very minor. In addition, the surround sound is used to great effect. Because of the nature of this film and the subject matter being somewhat “techie”, the sound effects are consistent with a computer programming sound; very cutting edge.

Antitrust
Extras
MGM has included one of the better commentaries I have heard, with director Peter Howitt and film editor Zach Staenberg. Both men address the characters, their actions and the intricate details of making a film. This commentary is even great for those not so computer literate folk who may have a few technical questions after watching this film. The commentary will answer it! Quite satisfying and very enjoyable to listen to!

Next is a featurette, clocking in at approximately 22 minutes, “Antitrust: Cracking the Code” is one of those special features that should be viewed after you watch the film (although, I don’t know why someone would watch special features before they watch the film.) I digress, at any rate, this featurette is filled with spoilers so if you want the surprises the film to be revealed, go ahead, watch this. However, I urge you to wait and view this featurette after you watch the film.

One of my favourite extra features is included here as well. There are seven deleted scenes, edited together, which also feature a commentary from director Howitt. There is also the option of watching the scenes without the commentary. These scenes are actually quite good, although I can understand why they weren’t included in the final print of the film. So will you once you watch them.

Finally, MGM has included the original theatrical trailer and a music video of “When It All Goes Wrong Again” by Everclear.

Antitrust
Overall
I am actually a bit disappointed that I missed this film in theatres. Despite its lacklustre performance at the box office and some critics dismissing it, I actually liked it. “Antitrust” is a thought provoking film about the influence of money and power in a world that is driven by technological advancements. Despite its sometimes surreal, similar situations that have actually occurred in the real world as we know it (i.e. Microsoft and the Justice Department’s investigations) this film is quite thrilling and exciting. MGM has hit the mark with the video transfer and audio tracks and the extras are thin, but interesting. Trust me on “Antitrust”!


Links: