Reviewed by Andy Bowers
Rating: 7 Beans
ey kids! It's Science time!
Let's say Ryan Phillipe was the size of your average tuna on rye. I put him in a paper lunch bag. I then poke holes in the bag so he doesn't suffocate, cause God knows maybe one day he might get around to making a sequel to that disco epic salute "54'" Then I would immerse the paper bag in the kitchen sink for a few second so as to deteriorate the lunch sacks resistance to pressure or force. Only for a few seconds though, as to not drown Phillipe (do so only because you enjoyed Way of the Gun) Place bag on kitchen counter.
The question is now in your hands. Can Ryan Phillipe act his way out of a wet paper bag?
We can answer this age old query with his latest carrer ending mistake - Antitrust. Ryan belongs to a noble band of young actors who possess that special range. I call them "The Pout Club" Able to convey any emotion though pursed lips, Phillipe would be more at home as a runway model than in theatrical releases.
In this ode to Bill Gates thriller, Ryan is a computer genius named Milo (I guess we're supposed to feel bad for him by that name alone) who is hired/adopted by a reclusive, nerdy, bent on world domination, computer zillionaire played by Tim Robbins. (those of you who want to discuss what the Hell happened to Tim's career talk amongst yourselves)
Everything is peachy keen at first, but the new father figure with a bad bowl cut has a dark side. He offer's the world to the best and brightest programmers, while secretly murdering anyone who doesn't share his demented view of the future.
Gee, give a nerd some power and they go all psycho on you. I should have realized that after watching Revenge of the Nerds 2: Nerds in Paradise. Or Carrie for that matter.
The rest of the film is standard cat and mouse espionage which is about as thrilling as those old Black Spy - White Spy cartoons in MAD magazine. Can Milo the computer whiz escape the clutches of evil? Yeah - was there any doubt?
However Ryan Phillipe the "actor" will forever remain in that wet lunch bag, next to the tub of Yoplait, behind the snack size Doritos, his pouting prowness rendered powerless.
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