Pirates of Silicon Valley
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The revolution came when we weren't looking. It happened in a garage. In a dorm room. In countless hours of effort, imagining and intrigue. Apple co-founder Steve Jobs and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates were changing the way the world works, lives and communicates. The event-packed saga of the quirky visionaries who jump-started the future unfolds with exhilarating, cutting-edge style in Pirates of Silicon Valley. Noah Wyle (ER) portrays Jobs and Anthony Michael Hall (The Dead Zone) portrays Gates in this chronicle of the fierce and often humorous battle to rule the fledgling personal computer empire. "The story is almost Shakespearean... it's a tale of lust, greed, ambition, love and hate," writer/director Martyn Burke reflects. And it's a success story unlike any other.
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The film is an entertaining look at the growth of the PC industry and how personal rivalries and competition between Apple and Microsoft helped shaped the entire world. The lives of Jobs and Gates are also examined. Both characters are human and are also deeply flawed. Jobs is depicted as being a kind of bully at Apple demanding high quality work and long hours while Gates struggles to search for supremacy. As we all know, he would end up as one of the wealthiest men on the planet. Both Jobs and Gates are shown as very shrewd businessmen and also the geeks that they were. In one amusing scene, Gates and Jobs argue about who stole GUI technology from Xerox first.
Although the film does at times show its made-for-TV quality, this is more than made up for in a very strong script that is both entertaining and yet does not stray very far from the reality.
In 97 minutes, this film is a good way to understand the early history of personal computing and the behind-the-scenes events and people that made it possible.
leading up to their first breakthrough. It is not delicate with the story of Steve's girlfriend who bore his first daughter, Lisa. The film went back and forth between Jobs and Gates while they were young and foolish. Gates is depicted at Harvard with his buddies getting into various sorts of high jinks, and through sheer bravado finds a client who thinks the four of them actually have a company.
The third part of the film treats the relationship between Gates and Jobs as they actually became professionals and sometime partners.
Since this movie was made, Jobs created Pixar Studios, which makes cutting-edge animated films, and has introduced the world to the iPod and now the iPhone. In doing so, he has revitalized the music industry and forever changed the way people relate to their music collections. The iPod video has changed the way we watch TV - who ever imagined having a whole season of your favorite show in your pocket, to watch where ever you are?! The iPhone is already changing the telecommunications business, and the big wireless companies are scrambling to to keep up with Jobs' newest, greatest cell phone/music player/Movie viewer/photo album/camera/web browser/address book/and mini computer, but no one can touch it or him. He's been called the "greatest second act in history" and it's time for part two of the Steve Jobs/Apple story, preferably sans Gates. How many times does a guy have to change the world to get a sequel done ? ha ha! And while we're stating the obvious, let me add that no one but Noah Wiley can play Jobs, so somebody get that script in the works and let's have Part Two!