The Net (1995)



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The electronic superhighway is the backdrop for this provocative thriller that centers on the travails of a reclusive hacker, Angela Bennett, who works out of her home in Venice, CA for the Cathedral Systems company. After six years of hard work, Angela prepares to take a much-needed vacation, but just before she leaves, a co-worker sends her a new Internet program that allows her to access highly classified government files. Later, as the colleague flies down in a private plane to visit her, the plane mysteriously crashes. Though a few more strangely connected tragedies ensue, Angela decides to continue on with her vacation in Mexico. There she encounters a suave British computer whiz, Jack Devlin. At first he seems to be interested in her, but it is later revealed that he really wants that useful Net program. Angela is almost killed. But she faces a fate almost worse than death when she discovers that someone on the Net has stolen her identity. Her visa is stolen and replaced with another. When she finally gets home, her house is for sale, and worst of all, she discovers that she is wanted by the police. Jack is behind it all. If he catches her and steals the disk, all of the government's computer security systems would be compromised.
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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
Julia Pearlstein
as 2nd Nurse
Juan García
as Resort Desk Clerk
Rick Snyder
as Russ Melbourne
Gerald Berns
as Jeff Gregg
Tannis Benedict
as Elevator Woman
Wren T. Brown
as Trooper
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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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 25, 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 25, 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.

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
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Borrowing heavily from Alfred Hitchcock and John Grisham, director Irwin Winkler reduces a potentially-fascinating premise to the spearhead of a routine thriller.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
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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
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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

Bethany Murphy
Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

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

Candy Rose
Candy Rose

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