I grimace every time another movie or television show about computers or the internet come out.
Just like anything else, you have to research the subject before writing a plot about it. It seems that research is beyond the abilities of most writers, directors and producers.
When the extent of your research is watching super-bowl commercials, you end up with things like that airplane-crash flick I watched on television a few years back. The one where one of the passengers happened to be a hacker carrying his Macintosh laptop. All he had to do was plug it directly into the airplanes sparking and flaming system, bypassing direct system-control and he was able to pilot the airplane into a safe landing through his keyboard. This was on one of the major networks, mind you.
AntiTrust has grabbed my attention though. I never go to the theater anymore. At most, I buy the DVD movies that look interesting (renting is such a hassle) or watch them on HBO, MAX or any of the other channels if it's something I wouldn't have thought about buying or totally forgot about.
The main reason AntiTrust grabbed my attention when I first saw advertisements for it the other day had nothing to do with the film itself. I heard Everclear and saw a segment of one of their videos at the beginning of the trailer. I'm a big Everclear fan, even after their last couple of questionable releases. The other thing that caught my attention was Tim Robbins. If I recall (I'd have to check the back of the DVD case), he was also in Arlington Road -- which was an awesome movie. I would probably buy the movie (or at least watch it on cable in a couple months) for Tim Robbins alone.
Before reading this article, I wasn't sure if the movie was going to be tongue-in-cheek like Hackers or pathetic like The Net -- or maybe even serious, well researched and well presented. At least now, I'll jump into it knowing to take it as a cheap thrill at best with (hopefully) a compelling effort by Robbins.
I just read K5 for the articles.