Review Date: January 12, 2001
Director: Peter Howitt
Writer: Howard Franklin
Producers: David Nicksay, Nick Wechsler
In the end, the film does leave you with some decent acting by the way of Ryan Phillipe, looking great as usual (too pretty for a geek?), some over-the-top fun from Robbins, and some cool gadget thingies (but there should have been more of them). Of course, Ryan's character does turn out to be, not only a genius in programming, but pretty much everything else on the planet. You should see how quickly he seems to pick up new programs...within minutes, he knows the whole thing inside out. Whatever! Call him MacGyver Junior. He's also action hero boy when he needs to be. Aaaaaah, some of it was mindless fun, and some of it was just too stupid to let pass. In the end, I can't say that the film bored or thrilled me either way. Although most of its so-called thrilling moments are basically one person doing something illegal while another is sloooooowly making their way towards them (while the movie's score builds). Needless to say, most of the time, the person who is approaching gets there just a second too late. Natch! Anyway, lots of other predictable and goofy problems as such in the movie, but it will likely go down much easier on video. Drink a couple of beers, chow down on some greazy nachos and have a blast! Make a game out of it. Whoever can predict the most plot points wins! Or better yet. Everyone takes a shot of tequila every time the film references something which relates to Bill Gates as well as the "billionaire genius" in this film. Trust me, you'll all be drunk in minutes! So can you trust me? Read where I'm coming from below.