I honestly can't believe a movie like this was made. Basically, it's the story of Angela Bennett (Bullock), a superstar computer hacker who runs across something she isn't supposed to, then finds her identity erased, her friends killed, and herself hunted down. Obviously a rush job to beat the other impending computer movies to the market, The Net is one plot hole after another, with technological impossibilities filling the space between.
If you think for one second that Sandra Bullock is believable as a systems analyst who hasn't left her house in four years, you probably aren't mentally capable of reading this review. I mean, she's got an awfully nice body for someone who sits on her butt 24 hours a day.
The story and acting are pathetic, the only exception being comedian Dennis Miller, whose five minutes of screen time are more like a welcome intermission than a part of the film. Unfortunately, it's much too little, too late. The Net is simply horrible in every way--the writing isn't clever, the jokes are unilaterally flat, the sound effects are silly (a wooden carousel horse actually brays) and the "romance" scenes are funny because they're so pitiful. Director Irwin Winkler (Night and the City ) isn't exactly on a winning streak here, either. As Miller's character puts it in the film, "I'm not buyin' the whole package."
The sad thing is that a movie vaguely similar to The Net was made rather well in 1992 as Sneakers. Unfortunately, the producers of this film decided to make a "serious picture" about the dangers of a fully computerized society, ripping off the message of Sneakers, but forgetting to satirize it like that film did. I pray that no one takes this movie as a serious warning. The last thing we need in this country are more paranoid technophobes.
See Sandy hack.
Run time: 114 mins
In Theaters: Friday 28th July 1995
Box Office Worldwide: $110.6M
Distributed by: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Production compaines: Columbia Pictures
Contactmusic.com: 1 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes: 36%
Fresh: 17 Rotten: 30
IMDB: 5.8 / 10
Director: Irwin Winkler
Starring: Sandra Bullock as Angela Bennett/Ruth Marx, Jeremy Northam as Jack Devlin, Dennis Miller as Dr. Alan Champion, Wendy Gazelle as Ruth Marx, Ken Howard as Michael Bergstrom, Diane Baker as Mrs. Bennett, Ray McKinnon as Dale Hessman, Daniel Schorr as WNN Anchor, L. Scott Caldwell as Public Defender, Robert Gossett as Ben Phillips, Kristina Krofft as Nurse #1, Juan García as Resort Desk Clerk, Tony Perez as Mexican Doctor, Gene Kirkwood as Stan Whiteman, Christopher Darga as Cop, Charles Winkler as Cop, Julia Pearlstein as Nurse #2, Rick Snyder as Russ Melbourne, Gerald Berns as Jeff Gregg, Tannis Benedict as Elevator Woman, Vaughn Armstrong as Trooper, Wren T. Brown as Trooper, Lynn Blades as Remote Reporter, Israel Juarbe as Thief, Julia Vera as Mexican Nun, Lewis Dix Jr. as FedEx man, Lili Flanders as Embassy Worker, Adam Winkler as Computer Nerd, Brian E. Frankish as Shuttle Driver, Wanda-Lee Evans as Desk Sergeant, David Winkler as Computer Technician