The Net, the first of Hollywood's big cyberthrillers of the mid-1990s, was also the most successful, thanks in large part to the natural appeal of star Sandra Bullock. Still riding high from Speed and While You Were Sleep... more »ing, Bullock plays a computer expert victimized by sinister cyberforces who steal her identity for reasons unknown. It's a clever combination of high-tech paranoia and Hitchcockian references (including Jeremy Northam as a romantic stranger named Devlin, after Cary Grant in Notorious). Film historians may look back someday on films like this--Roger Ebert calls them "hacksploitation"--to see what they reveal about our society's reaction to the increasing role of technology in our lives, just as we now study the fears of Communism and the atom bomb reflected in films of the 1950s. Dennis Miller and Diane Baker costar. --Jim Emerson« less
is a lot like "RED EYE". But it's about computure instead of a hotel.
Very intense and action packed.
retrowens | Alabama, USA | 07/18/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Angela Bennett (Sandra Bullock) leads a life that is unlike most. She doesn't have much excitement in her life; her life is built mostly around her being a MAJOR computer ace. Unfortunately, her favorite hobby and job just might get her in trouble when she comes in contact with the wrong group of people and when she finds a top-secret program that can faulter computer networks."The Net" is a GREAT movie to say the least! The majority of the best suspense movies are built around a story having to do with a kidnapping, murder, or something else like that. The makers of this movie did a spectacular job of making "The Net" intriguing, compelling, interesting, and best of all, suspenseful. Sandra Bullock also puts on an unforgettable performance that makes the movie believable and even more compelling.An identity can be stolen and a life can be changed dramatically by a simple computer hacker or even a simple diskette. Whether you're a fan of the internet, things having to do with computers or not, at least give "The Net" a rent. If you're a big fan of movies that keep you on the edge of your seat, don't even think about renting "The Net", BUY it instead!"
This one may make you wonder WHO is watching YOU online
K. Corn | Indianapolis,, IN United States | 07/14/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Not exactly designed to be reassuring about computers and technology, the film's premise is that a hacker group has infiltrated the nation's computer systems and is behind major terrorist attacks. Sandra Bullock is excellent as a computer expert who is unwittingly helping the bad guys until she finds out what is going on....and then she's on the run for her life as the terrorists try to get to her before she exposes them. While I think Sandra Bullock is at the top of her form in this one, I think Jeremy Northam hasn't gotten nearly enough credit for his role as Devlin, the romantic stranger/hacker/bad guy. You'll get a kick out of Dennis Miller, too, as Bullock's ex-boyfriend who nearly comes to her rescue. I have only one quibble about this film. If you pay attention to Bullock's mannerisms, you'll notice that there's rarely a scene where she isn't fiddling with or playing with her hair- tucking it behind her ears, pulling it back in a pretend ponytail, brushing a strand off her forehead. What is THAT all about anyway? I felt like saying, "Get a haircut already!""
Underrated Bullock Film
J. M. Zuurbier | Canada | 06/29/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Sandra Bullock stars in THE NET, a suspenseful thriller that will leave you at the edge of your seat. She plays Angela Bennett, a woman who is cut away from reality and the world and works from home as a computer virus detector. She comes across a disk which has a glitch that allows hackers to get into the FBI system. She takes a vacation and has a one night stand, with the man who is after her disk! Soon she finds her identity has been erased, and is forced to take on the identity of Ruth Marx. Soon she discovers this Ruth Marx has a criminal record, and must go on the run to protect herself and try to win back her identity. Dennis Miller plays her ex therapist and lover, who is a bit of a comic relief in the movie. The movie is fraught with mystery and suspense, as the story unfolds you'll find yourself hooked until the very end, when Bullock's character unravels the mystery and regains her life. THE NET is a movie that isn't as well regarded as some of her other hit movies like WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING, MISS CONGENIALITY or SPEED, but it fits right among them as one of her best. She plays the part really well, of a woman who is terrified to find out that she has lost her identity. A must watch."
Thriller, Meet Ms. Bullock
Josh | Sc, Usa | 06/10/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I think Sandra Bullock has covered almost every movie genre but horror. And she's done each with expertise and fun. In The Net, Sandra plays Angela Bennett. A woman committed to her job as a computer virus-detector. After having a one-night stand with a guy on her only vacation in 6 years, her life ... is suddenly gone. All because of a single disc in which the man she slept with wanted. Now she must run from the police, and the group of people out to get her. With only the aide of her old shrink and lover, played by Dennis Miller. Sandra tackled the role of Angel Bennett as well as she has all of her roles. She shines throughout the whole movie. Although her character falls deeper and deeper into insanity. Dennis Miller was the comic relief, and did well at that. The story itself is something that could happen in real life, and that made the premise frightening in a way. To have your whole life stripped away from you in one second is absolutely terrifying. The directing in The Net wasn't topnotch, but does keep you on the edge of your seat. I wish the DVD would've had at least a featurette or something. It doesn't even come with a theatrical trailer. But the picture and sound quality are good, and there are scene selections. The menus look like they're right from a computer program. The Net isn't one of Sandra's best movies (Leave that to Miss Congeniality), but it certainly is one of the entertaining ones."
More relevant than ever!
L Gontzes | Athens, Greece | 10/01/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The Net sheds light (as it should do) on the reality of people having grown so dependent on technology that someone tampering with one's data or an unintended error for that matter could lead to a nightmare. The film brings to the screen the story of Angela Bennett, a computer expert, who after receiving a disc with sensitive information falls victim to a cover up with herself being the one who is being covered up... Sandra Bullock and the rest of the cast carry out their performances very well. The setting, the plot, and the dialogues are all wonderful! In short, The Net is a movie definitely worth watching, as it will surely provide for an evening's entertainment. "