By Jeff Labrecque
Updated June 21, 2013 at 06:38 PM EDT
  • Movie

Steve Jobs was an iconoclast who revolutionized the home computer and personal entertainment, and Ashton Kutcher channels the Apple co-founder’s intense focus in Jobs, the biopic that premiered at January’s Sundance Film Festival. In the first lengthy trailer for the movie, which arrives Aug. 16, Kutcher’s Jobs is a cool hippie who sees the future when his geeky pal Steve Wozniak (Josh Gad) links a primitive computer to a clunky monitor. It’s a billion-dollar idea just waiting for someone to market. Guess which Steve runs with it?

The trailer seems to embrace the notion that Jobs was a tech prophet — if not an outright messiah — but saves his conniving and despicable people skills for audiences on opening weekend.

Dermot Mulroney, Lukas Haas, J.K. Simmons, Ahna O’Reilly, and Matthew Modine portray the real people who helped and/or stood in Jobs’ way.

Names sure mean something, don’t they? Would you have purchased a PhaserBeam computer, even if it looked cool?

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  • Movie
  • PG-13
  • 130 minutes
  • Joshua Michael Stern