Directed by: Peter Howitt
Starring: Ryan Phillippe, Tim Robbins, Rachael Leigh Cook
If there’s one thing that Hollywood does 100% right, it’s never understanding anything about computers. It’s like how video games are always 20 years behind in TV and movies, the people who make this shit only know about their own experiences, which just doesn’t include recent technology. SOMEHOW.
A young programmer gets hired by Tim Robbins, who is not at all Bill Gates and his company is nothing like Microsoft. The kid starts getting suspicious when other programmers who didn’t want to join the company end up dead and their innovations appear in the company the very next day. It turns out that the corporation is evil and they do things like that, and also they hired the main character’s girlfriend from prison, for some weird reason.
Remember when Microsoft was under investigation for having a monopoly? Apparently somebody thought that was a good premise for a horror movie, though I’m not really sure how that train of thought happened. Speaking of things that don’t make sense, how about the rest of this movie, huh? If you’re going to go through all the trouble of making it seem like competitors are dying of unrelated things, why would you go and use their work THE VERY NEXT DAY? For that matter, what’s the point of hiring some girl from jail to fuck a programmer? Why are they making a product that not only couldn’t possibly work, but would seem to be super illegal? WHY ARE– fuck it.