The Net (1995)

The Net (1995)
  • Time: 114 min
  • Genre: Action | Crime | Drama
  • Director: Irwin Winkler
  • Cast: Sandra Bullock, Jeremy Northam, Dennis Miller


Angela Bennett is a computer expert. This young and beautiful analyst is never far from a computer and modem. The only activity she has outside of computers is visiting her mother. A friend, whom she’s only spoken to over the net and phone, Dale Hessman, sent her a program with a weird glitch for her to de-bug. That night, he left to meet her and was killed in a plane crash. Angela discovers secret information on the disk she has received only hours before she leaves for vacation. Her life then turns into a nightmare, her records are erased from existence and she is given a new identity, one with a police record. She struggles to find out why this has happened and who has it in for her.

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  • The Net is a glass of onion martini. I have no doubt that Sandra Bullock falls for the taste.

    Though too many efforts have been made to foreshadow the climax that comes too late, the movie is still thrilling especially in the cat-and-mouse chasing scenarios and near the end of the story. Bullock’s performance has great weight with the box office. That’s what we call Bullock influence, bigger than the film itself. She is low-key and she never overdraws her roles. Maybe that’s because she is acting herself. If you are true to yourself, you needn’t overcast.

    This is much a self-independent, self-help story, a predecessor of “Flight Plan”. These women are really heart breakers because of their braveness in desperation. Helpless, desperate, fragile yet stubborn, they want to survive this jungle-law world. If Weaker or less intelligent, they will be devoured mercilessly. There are heaps of “innocent people being wrongly accused” movies. Maybe it reflects our tastes.

    The movie is well-crafted. It covers the affection a daughter has for her mother who’s caught senile dementia; deals with tenderness a psychologist shows to his former patient and lover; as well as admiration and hatred an assassin entertains to his target. They were tangled up to make the movie a little bit overloaded. Jeremy Northam is blessed with the role as the assassin who is more complex than we see those in other movies. Bullock’s roles are stereotyped, mostly” nobody turning to a big hero”. She is still likable.

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