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The Net (1995)



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Irwin Winkler's paranoid thriller focuses on a high-tech nightmare, as a computer programmer finds herself on the run from an unknown enemy dedicated to ruining her life by digital means. Sandra Bullock stars as Angela Bennett, a programmer who unwittingly comes into possession of software that allows access to secret government information. At first, she thinks little of it, heading off to Mexico on vacation. However, thanks to a series of odd events that culminates with the death of a close friend, Angela starts to suspect she may be in danger. This fear is confirmed when she returns to America to find that her identity has been erased, with police computers showing her as a wanted criminal. She soon realizes that a group of evil conspirators are after the program, and she sets out to clear her name and keep the program from falling into the wrong hands. The central concept later inspired a cable TV series.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: John Brancato, Michael Ferris, Irwin Winkler, Rob Cowan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 26, 1997
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


Sandra Bullock
as Angela Bennett
Jeremy Northam
as Jack Devlin
Dennis Miller
as Dr. Alan Champion
Diane Baker
as Mrs. Bennett
Wendy Gazelle
as Imposter
Ken Howard
as Bergstrom
Daniel Schorr
as WNN Anchor
L. Scott Caldwell
as Public defender
Robert Gossett
as Ben Phillips
Kristina Krofft
as First Nurse
Tony Perez
as Mexican Doctor
Margo Winkler
as Mrs. Raines
Gene Kirkwood
as Stan Whiteman
Juan García
as Resort Desk Clerk
Rick Snyder
as Russ Melbourne
Gerald Berns
as Jeff Gregg
Tannis Benedict
as Elevator Woman
Lynn Blades
as Remote Reporter
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
Kerry Kilbride
as WNN Reporter
Melvin Thompson
as Fire Official
Rich Bracco
as Fireman
Lucy Butler
as Female Officer
John Livingston
as Computer Technician
David Winkler
as Computer Technician
Cam Brainard
as Computer Technician
Dennis Richmond
as Newscaster
Alfredo Lopez
as Guitar Player
John Cappon
as ICU Doctor
Barbara Abedi
as CCU Nurse
Kevin Brown
as The Bunny
Hope M. Parrish
as Security Officer
William B. Hill
as Security Officer
Danny Breen
as Supervisor
Andrew Amador
as Dermot Conley
Melissa Bomes
as Reservation Clerk
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Critic Reviews for The Net

All Critics (47) | Top Critics (11)

A thriller without thrills.

Full Review… | January 14, 2011
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Riddled with more coincidences and implausibilities than Hitchcock permitted himself in his entire career, The Net still gets by as a reasonably suspenseful, very au courant thriller.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Pretty soon she's fleeing from her gun-wielding seducer, trying to recover an identity that's being systematically erased through alteration of her personal computer records, and dodging bullets on spinning carousels.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The Net is never quite as sleek and chilling as it might have been, but it gives the old story of a wrongly accused innocent a nerve-wracking 90's twist.

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

A strong enough suspense thriller, a high-tech version of one of those spiraling nightmares in which an innocent person is chased by assassins and wanted by the police.

Full Review… | June 18, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Director Irwin Winkler is as graceless as ever, although the gritty look and refreshingly low-tech action sequences are welcome.

Full Review… | January 14, 2011
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Audience Reviews for The Net

Sandra Bullock stars as a computer geek who unwittingly stumbles onto some vague internet conspiracy (" we know everything about you so now we control your life, nya-ha-ha!"), which for us translates into her simply being menaced by Jeremy Northam for an hour or so, only broken up every now and again with folks looking amazed at old style computer screens. Story = one star, Sandra ( I STILL like her) = one star.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Good film! I love Sandra Bullocks work she's an amazing actress!

Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

Early technology thriller. Good actors but disappointing plot. A bit of a turkey for Sandra.

Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

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