Films About the Internet
Director: Brett Leonard
Screenplay: Eric Bernt
Stars: Denzel Washington, Sandra Bullock, Keanu Reeves
Release Date: Aug 4
Gross: 20.1 million - 3 weeks (8/20)
Responding to a personals ad which begins: "Former IBM employee -- into submission...," a bi-sexual, MIT anthropology post-doc (Bullock) stumbles onto an international plot to implant DEC Alpha processors in the brains of the CEOs of the Fortune 500 companies.
Teaming up with ex-cops Jack Kerouac (Washington) and Dean Moriarity (Crispin Glover), she goes on the road to track down the plot's mastermind, a computer-generated persona made up of the personalities of 183 dead serial killers (Meg Ryan), who's recently escaped from a maximum-security virtual penal colony, deep in the Internet.
Along the way, Bullock meets and falls in love with a crack-addicted, neuro-astronomy grad student, still hard at work finishing her Ph.d. thesis in a field that doesn't even exist.
This effectively ends the hunt for Ryan and -- just when it looks like her computer-generated persona from cyberspace will take over the world -- Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise show up at the last minute with an advance copy of Netscape 1.7 -- and civilization is saved!
An apparent flaw in the Alpha processor caused all 500 CEOs to march directly into the sea whenever a floating-point operation was executed. More than a day was wasted rounding up new actors to play these parts and then another 3 days to implant (this time) non-functioning mock-ups of Alpha processors in their brains.
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