Official Trailer For 'Steve Jobs: The Man In The Machine' Portrays Brilliant, Ruthless Visionary

Magnolia Pictures and Magnet Releasing posted an official trailer for Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine, an upcoming documentary that details the life of the late Apple co-founder. Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney directed the flick, though whether or not the movie's portrayal of Jobs is accurate is a topic of debate.

This is the same documentary that premiered at the South by Southwest Film Festival earlier this year. Several Apple employees were in attendance, include Eddie Cue, the company's senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, who called the film "mean spirited" in a Twitter post.

"Very disappointed in SJ: Man in the Machine. An inaccurate and mean spirited view of my friend. It's not a reflection of the Steve I knew," Cue tweeted.

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Steve Jobs was a brilliant and controversial figure. There's no arguing that he created a rabid consumer culture for products like the iPhone and iPad, and along with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, he helped kickstart the era of personal computing with the Apple I and Apple II.

At the same time, there are stories that paint an unflattering picture of Jobs. Some of these are covered in the documentary, such as him wanting to distance himself from his daughter during her early years, and taking advantage his buddy Woz.

"He was paid $7,000, he told me he was paid $700 and he wrote me a check for $350," Woz says during an interview in the film. He was referring to a bonus Jobs received while working at Atari for improving the game Breakout, for which Jobs turned to Woz for help. "And that hurts because we were friends."

The film opens in select theaters on September 4.