Terrible remake of The Firm
An obvious and terrible remake of The Firm set this time not within the
legal industry but within the computer software industry. Now it is my
opinion that if you are planning on remaking a film, it is best to start
with an okay' film and then try to improve on it. Unfortunately, by
attempting to remaking The Firm which is an excellent film - AntiTrust
always doomed to failure; and strangely enough that is the only successful
thing it manages to do i.e. fail. If you haven't seen The Firm, you may
like this film; but if you have, don't watch AntiTrust, that is unless you
actively enjoy annoying yourself..
A fun conspiracy movie with a good foot-tapping Don Davis original soundtrack.
I saw "AntiTrust" (or "Conspiracy.com" for those of us here who are
Europeans) on an International flight back to the US when it first came
out. I had no idea what it was about, hadn't even heard about it, but
the flight was a red eye and I had drank too much coffee. :^) I work in
the Industry, so movies like "Hackers" (salami techniques are so
"Superman 3/Office Space") and "The Net" (Sandra Bullock just reminds
me of a cheaper, less talented hack version of Julia Roberts) never
impressed me much in the way that "War Games" had when I was young.
Anyhow - I was pleasantly surprised that the writers actually did some
research on the subject, the code shown was real, it didn't splash a
lot of goofy futuristic computer screens into my face, and NURV
reminded me of a smaller dot com I had worked for in Seattle (that has
since gone belly up when the dot com bubble burst). I also worked at
Microsoft around the time AntiTrust came out, so NURV's campus
environment wasn't too far off for 2001.
Yeah - it had a lot of Microsoft/Gates bashing in it. Gary Winston was
a Bill Gates clone. But overall, I found the acting to be fine (not
weak like some have stated). Don Davis did a heck of a job on the
soundtrack (I listen to the audio CD when I code every once in awhile
now). Most of it I could believe (as far as a movie goes) - the
industrial espionage, the monopoly, the do anything to achieve your
goals up to and including murder.
If I had one bone to pick about the movie, it would be all the
unbelievable "fiber optic, fish-eye cameras" that NURV used to spy on
non-NURV coders. Of course, in 2001, "spyware" wasn't as much of an
issue (wasn't even a household term) as it is today. If AntiTrust was
released today - spyware and OS vulnerabilities would have been NURV's
back door to those programmers' systems.
Too many people look at movies like AntiTrust and pick apart them apart
because of they don't portray the Industry realistically. Okay, but
let's face it, the IT Industry 99% of the time is boring 8 to 5 drudge
work. No more exciting that watching paint dry or ice cubes melt. And
no one will go see a movie like that. I liked this movie for its
entertainment value, if I wanted a movie that accurately portrays the
IT Industry ... I'll just go to work in real life..