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The Net

The Net
Sandra Bullock and Jeremy Northam

Rated: PG-13 
Reviewed by: Frank  
Release date: July 28, 1995 Released by: Columbia Pictures

Sandra Bullock is the hottest actress in Hollywood today, but The Net is so full of holes even she can't save it.

The film is at its best when Angela Bennet (Bullock), a brilliant, reclusive computer consultant is working against time to expose a dangerous cyber-net program as the evil assassin, Jack Devlin (Jeremy Northam) closes in. It also works well during the introduction of Bullock's character while she plays the Internet and discovers the dangerous guardian program and accompanying computer virus.

The script by John Brancato and Michael Ferris is rather thin. Rather than continuing as they began with a thinking plot and character development, they choose to move to a basic chase and run standard plot. They also bore the audience with a silly, long, dull dialogue which substitutes for a relationship in Mexico with the villain, Jack Devlin.

The plot begins when Angela Bennett takes a vacation from her computer, which she works on from home. She is unaware that she has learned about a new generation Internet program which will cause her few acquaintances to be killed and the loss of her own identity. The removal of all her computer identification for many systems, driver's license, credit cards, work and the all important Internet leaves her completely alone with no tools to fight back at the people who want to eliminate her. Because she works at home and has as little contact with anyone except her mother, who has lost her memory, it is easy to destroy her identity.

Angela spends the majority of the film running and hiding from the evil cartel and the police. When she is using her skill at the computer, the film is interesting. It's also somewhat exciting in the final chase scene, but there is too much time spent on dull dialogue and silly chases.

  Frank Chris Jim Nina Sam Howard Jennifer Kathleen  Avg. 
The Net  C+                        C+ 

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