Angela Bennett's a software engineer type who works from home and has few friends outside of cyberspace. Taking her first vacation in years, she becomes embroiled in a web of computer espionage. Written by
The town Sandra claims as her home town (La Junta, CO) happens to be where author Ken Kesey (One Flew Over the Cookoo's Nest) was born. See more »
When Dale is on approach to Burbank he says he is intercepting the approach course ILS runway 8. He then reports just passing the middle marker which is only 0.4 miles from the airport and way too late for him to be intercepting the final approach course. He reports at 1300 feet (he should be at 1000), but the altimeter shows 620 feet which is below the airport altitude of 775. Also, the GPS shows him still 35.4 miles away from the airport. (Additionally, the entire approach is conducted in visual conditions where he'd be able to see the approaching towers from a long distance away.) See more »
[On a friend of Alan Champion's, who works for the FBI]
Do you trust him?
Dr. Alan Champion:
Sure, I trust him. I used to hold his head over the toilet at frat parties.
See more »
Nostalgia may play a large part of my positive feelings towards this film as I watched it repeatedly on video with my younger sister as a teen. Back then "the net" was a new and largely undiscovered frontier, and this film romanticized hackers and the seemingly mysterious world wide web.
I would liken this to a less ambitious version of 'The Fugitive', a film that released two years prior (and by most accounts a superior thriller). Much of what happens in the course of this film is standard fare, but it is presented with a semblance of realism and never seems to hit any lulls or real snags in rhythm despite the frenetic pacing. The plot isn't entirely plausible or devoid of clichés, but it remains interesting from start to finish, and Bullock carries the role well.
There are scattered scenes that show astute directing on the part of Irwin Winkler, though some of the secondary characters give uneven performances. However, Bullock does an admirable service at depicting a frumpy insular woman uncomfortable with her own sexuality and outer beauty. Her character is both resourceful and vulnerable at once, and it's a fresh pace to see a female lead with some layers to peel back in a genre dominated by men. Dennis Miller is very likable in his role, and ably acts the part with a more downplayed version of his real life persona. He was my favorite character by far and brought a lot of warmth to the role.
I'm usually very critical of any movies I see, and am generally turned off by standard Hollywood fodder, but there is a certain charm to 'The Net' that I can't deny. I liked it in '95, and I like it again almost twenty years later. Like visiting an old friend, there's a familiarity to it that is so hopelessly 90's and so reminiscent of a bygone era--the inception of the internet age--that it carries a certain weight to me unmatched by the multitude of forgettable popcorn thrillers of the decade.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?