Last night Gen Art Chicago showed an advanced screening (sponsored by Acura) of the new movie, August, an independent filmed that depicts the fast lane tribulations of an aspiring Internet mogul during the bust of the Internet bubble in the 90s.
Starring Josh Hartnett (Tom Sterling) as a cocky e-mogul (strategically contrasted to his co-starring shy brother character, Joshua Sterling), this film captures an inside view of the reality of the plummeting market value during the end of the “Net” boom, and how two polar-opposite brothers deal with the inevitable demise of their business, Land Shark.
The movie immediately sets the tone, taking the audience back to the late 90s when almost of the dot com businesses where failing. But, there was one rising star, Tom Sterling, an abrasive non-conforming asshole with a brilliant business savvy and a genius for a brother. Sterling’s Land Shark company was somehow rising to the top while all other businesses were failing. But, the rise of Land Shark was heading towards a downward spiral, and soon, a moment-of-truth would confront the seemingly indestructible Tom Sterling.
How Was this Movie Smart?
The characters showed great contrast and the cinematography depicted a dark undertone to the whole story, making it edgy, much like the dot com business itself. Another intelligent nugget in the movie was the man versus himself theme. Hartnett’s character was consistently portrayed as this selfish prick that cared about no one but himself and his image, but in the end Tom Sterling, when faced with the ultimate challenge, proved that there was still a moral thread in his character.
Personally, the ending did not do it for me. Although, it was unexpected, which is nice change from a lot films today, I would have liked to get a little more conclusion. Beyond that, this was a tight film with some slight acting issues here and there, but overall a good pick.