Remember back in the [[TheNineties late '90s]]/[[TurnOfTheMillennium early '00s]], when everybody thought that Microsoft was an evil MegaCorp hell-bent on [[TakeOverTheWorld Taking Over The (Computer) World]] by any means necessary? (Well, even more than they do today?) Well, what if "any means necessary" included murder? And what if it was up to [[TheHero one plucky programmer]] to expose their malevolence?

That, ladies and gentlemen, is the plot of ''Antitrust''.

''Antitrust'' is a 2001 {{thriller}} starring Creator/RyanPhillippe, Creator/TimRobbins, Creator/RachaelLeighCook, and Claire Forlani. Milo Hoffman (Phillippe) is a young programmer from Silicon Valley whose talents earn him the notice of the UsefulNotes/{{Portland}}-based software corporation [[{{Expy}} NURV]], run by billionaire philanthropist [[SignificantMonogram Gary Winston]] (Robbins). Winston wants Milo to help him develop a new system called Synapse, which will link all the world's computers, cell phones, and other electronic devices via satellite. While at NURV, he starts falling for a young programmer named Lisa (Cook), which wouldn't be a problem if it weren't for the fact that [[LoveTriangle he already has a girlfriend]] in Alice (Forlani). However, after his programmer buddy Teddy is murdered, Milo starts to uncover evidence that NURV may have been behind it... and the murder of countless other programmers in order to steal their work and claim it as their own. Out of a mix of duty to his dead friend and disgust at his employers, Milo sets out to destroy NURV from within and [[InformationWantsToBeFree give Synapse to the people]]... unless NURV stops him first and claims him as their next victim.

While it generally got a poor reception from professional critics and left little impact on the box office, it's attracted a cult following from computer geeks due to [[ShownTheirWork its realistic portrayal]] of hacking and computers in general. It's also [[UnintentionalPeriodPiece a wonderful time capsule]] of late '90s computer culture.
!!''Antitrust'' provides examples of the following tropes:

* AbusiveParents: Lisa was molested by her stepfather when she was a child.
* AffablyEvil: Winston. If he wasn't a hack and making his employees spy on and kill people to maintain his company's superiority, he probably would be a cool boss.
* AsianAndNerdy: Teddy.
* BigBrotherIsWatching: NURV has an elaborate surveillance system in its headquarters and cameras spying on potential employees, including a program that can rebuild the computer code they are working on from watching the screen and keyboard inputs.
* CantStopTheSignal: Milo uses the code Winston has created to display the code Winston cobbled together from the work of the programmers he killed.
* ChekhovsGun: Milo's sesame seed allergy.
* CoolCar: Milo's company car, a white Mercedes SUV, is portrayed as this in comparison to the Buick that the Department of Justice would've given him for helping to take down NURV instead. Alice's Citroen 2CV also qualifies, in a cute and quirky sort of way.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Winston.
* FourEyesZeroSoul: Again, Winston.
* FunWithAcronyms: NURV (Never Underestimate Radical Vision).
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:Alice/Rebecca.]]
* HiddenInPlainSight: The hard drive of "Cerebellum", NURV's MagicalDatabase, is located on the headquarters' daycare center. They even go the extra mile by being incredibly secretive about Building 21 (which is really just an uplink electronics building that is running behind schedule in construction) so people will try to infiltrate ''that'' and be disappointed at what they find.
* HollywoodHacking: Averted. The filmmakers [[ShownTheirWork went out of their way]] to portray hacking, the Linux community, and dawn-of-the-millennium computer technology in a fairly realistic manner. In fact, the only really glaring error was the character's use of [[EveryoneOwnsAMac an Apple laptop]] in the finale (hackers hardly ever use Apples), and that's probably more attributable to [[ExecutiveMeddling studio-enforced]] ProductPlacement than any lack of research.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: NURV ultimately gets brought down when [[spoiler:Milo hacks into Synapse and uses it to broadcast incriminating evidence to the entire world]].
* HollywoodNerd: Milo and Lisa. Seeing as how they're played by [[MrFanservice Ryan Phillippe]] and Creator/RachaelLeighCook, ''definitely'' Type 2.
* InLoveWithTheMark: [[spoiler:Alice/Rebecca falls in love with Milo, and betrays NURV in order to stay with him.]]
* InformationWantsToBeFree
* LoveTriangle: Milo/Alice/Lisa.
* MagicalDatabase: [[ZigZaggedTrope Zig-zagged]]. NURV has one for its employees, which provides Milo with conclusive proof that NURV was behind Teddy's murder and that he absolutely cannot trust anybody, not even the Department of Justice [[spoiler:or his girlfriend]]. On the other hand, it requires him to personally infiltrate the NURV daycare center and Building 21 and hack the computers, including running a file restoration function on the video of Teddy's murder.
* MegaCorp: NURV.
* TheMole: [[spoiler:Both Alice/Rebecca and Lisa at various points. The former starts out as this, but falls InLoveWithTheMark and does a HeelFaceTurn. The latter, meanwhile, pretends to help Milo in his crusade against NURV, but then turns him in to their security.]]
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Gary Winston is this to Bill Gates, with NURV as his Microsoft.
* OhCrap: [[spoiler:Alice's]] reaction when Milo [[spoiler:addresses her by her real name, Rebecca]]. Also happens to Winston when he sees [[spoiler:the Synapse broadcast exposing his crimes]].
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Invoked by NURV, who frame a pair of racist thugs for the murder of Teddy. They were banking on the "hate crime" angle to [[RedHerring throw off any attention from their involvement]]. Milo also speculates that, should NURV need to eliminate Lisa, they'll do the same with her, framing her abusive stepfather for her death.
* ProductPlacement:
** Pepsi soda and Pringles potato chips get in a lot of appearances.
** EveryoneOwnsAMac: [[spoiler:The Synapse broadcast]] is done with a Macintosh [=PowerBook=] G3.
* PullTheThread: The first conclusive first piece of evidence Milo has that Winston is nothing more than a murderous hack is that the day right after Teddy is bludgeoned to death by his goons, Winston approaches Milo with a "solution" to a problem Synapse is having... the same solution and same code that Teddy was working on, and told Milo the last time they spoke, a few hours earlier.
* RapeAsBackstory: Lisa. See AbusiveParents above.
* ShownTheirWork: The filmmakers consulted Linux professionals in order to get their representation of the technology and culture right, used the GNOME desktop/GUI, and even scored cameos from Miguel de Icaza and Scott [=McNealy=].
* SignificantMonogram: Gary Winston... GW... WG... William Gates... [[SarcasmMode nope, nothing significant about that.]]
* {{Snapback}}: Occurs when a NURV employee enters the children's play area and accesses the hidden computer terminal. Somehow, Milo manages to escape (relatively) unnoticed.
* StoicSpectacles: Milo wears thick-framed glasses fairly consistently to read and use computers.
* TooDumbToLive: Milo almost eats a roll covered in sesame seeds at a restaurant, and his girlfriend has to send them back and remind him that he has a life-threatening sesame seed allergy.
* UglyGuyHotWife: How does a total nerd like Milo score a hot girlfriend like Alice, who hardly shares his interests? [[spoiler:Because she's [[TheMole a corporate spy]] who's trying to recruit him into NURV, that's why.]] Of course, this ''is'' [[HollywoodNerd Ryan Phillippe]] we're talking about here.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: Winston, thanks to his philanthropic work (a reference to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation).