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Movie Review of “Pirates of Silicon Valley”

15 April, 2011

The movie, based on achievements and the success of Apple, Inc. and Microsoft, was well developed. Even without knowledge of either company or computers, one can watch this movie and understand the troubles and success of both businesses. The movie is narrated by Steve Wozniak (Joey Slotnick) and Bill Gates (Anthony Hall). This docudrama plays through the founding of both corporations, the feuds between Bill Gates and Apple, Inc.’s CEO and Chairman, Steve Jobs. It shows their personal lives, and what it was like working under Apple. The film shows how each company “stole” from each other knowledge, bits and pieces, and formats of the modern day computer. Bill Gates was not-so-welcome in the Apple community, and was highly trusted by Steve Jobs, only to deceive him and release WINDOWS software. The development of IBM-PC is shown post IBM and how it was believed to be the “enemy” of Apple, Inc. (Then Apple Computer, Inc.). The true enemy was really Bill Gates and the Microsoft Company. A brief epilogue at the near end of the movie tells the viewers what has happened in the years since: like how Bill Gates is one of the richest people on the planet.

My Rating: **** (4 stars)

This movie was released in 1999, so the graphics to us now are quite ‘cheesy’. These ‘cheesy’ graphics make the movie more enjoyable. The entire plot of the movie (feuds and stealing between Apple and Microsoft) is notably entertaining and helps one better understand the backbones and backgrounds of both companies and how they came to be. I thought it was a good docudrama especially for this class. It was not boring, but full of twists and turns; outcomes not expected by the viewers. Highly recommended if one, or a class, want to learn about computers and their history.

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