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The Net (1995)

Sandra Bullock , Jeremy Northam , Irwin Winkler  |  PG-13 |  DVD
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  • Actors: Sandra Bullock, Jeremy Northam, Dennis Miller, Diane Baker, Wendy Gazelle
  • Directors: Irwin Winkler
  • Writers: John D. Brancato, Michael Ferris
  • Producers: Irwin Winkler, Rob Cowan
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, Letterboxed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, Georgian
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 25, 1997
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (183 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0800141768
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,859 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Net" on IMDb

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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 Sleeping, 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

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Sandra Bullock, Jeremy Northam and Dennis Miller star in this hit thriller about a computer expert whose life is “erased” by a computer conspiracy.

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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated Bullock Film June 28, 2003
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.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Captivating Movie; One of Sandra's Best December 7, 1999
By Mark
The Net is a great movie. Keep in mind that this movie was made in 1995, which is the Dark Ages of the internet. No, it is not the most technically accurate movie, but it is not suppose to be. It's a movie. One may classify it as sci-fi, and what is GOOD sci-fi... something based on reality, but stretches scientific reality a little and asks "What if this were to happen?"
I think Sandra does a wonderful job in this movie. Within a relatively short period of time, you genuinely feel for Sandra's character and are concerned for her.
This is wonderful movie, with a captivating plot, solid acting, good direction, and is just plan fun to watch.
And by the way, Enemy of the State came out 3-4 years after The Net... and while I liked Enemy, I love The Net. Another good movie in this arena is No Way Out... Check it out.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Identity Crisis November 15, 2000
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The Net combines elements of techno paranoidism, action, and reverses the usual gender roles. The result is a little uneven, but still worth watching.
The premise is that an isolated, but brilliant, software engineer (Angela Bennett played by Sandra Bullock) has her identity stolen, when she stumbles across a conspiracy involving trap doors in a software security system used by many federal, state, and private databases.
Although stolen identities are a hot topic in today's issues, the ability to steal someone's identity is proportional to the how isolated an individual may be, and this theft is made easier because Angela's life is very isolated. She works out of her home and communicates primarily over the telephone and internet. There are lots of people who would like to meet her, but she puts them off.
The technological portion of the film that is interesting shows how a person, who depends on computerized output, can be murdered when someone else fools with the data bases. This happens over and over, as the conspiracy attempts to isolate and kill Angela.
The action part of this film involves most of the cliches common to this type of genre. We get the chase in the crowd, on the merry-go-round, in the darken street (several times), on the freeway, at the bridge crossing, on the boat, in the amusement park, and finally on the catwalk. The first couple of times are OK, but after a while it begins to get tired.
Fortunately the film is saved because it reverses the usual gender roles. Like true action heros, no one suddenly appears and SAVES Angela. Everyone she tries to get help from are either killed or isolated. In the end Angela saves herself using the same wits and knowledge that made her a much sought after engineer.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CYBER SUSPENSE November 22, 2004
THE NET was one of the first movies to parlay our fear of lost identity via the internet, and it is a strong, suspenseful film. Sandra Bullock is excellent as the young woman who finds her whole identity changed, and her life in grave danger. Jeremy Northam departs from his usual good guy roles to play the devilishly evil Jack Devlin, the man after Bullock's disk and life. Dennis Miller does a good job in a supporting role as Bullock's psychoanalyst and former lover. The lovely Diane Baker (Journey to the Center of the Earth, Strait Jacket, Best of Everything) makes a nice cameo as Bullock's mother, suffering from Alzheimer's. Baker's performance is understated and demonstrates why she was such a staple in the 60s studio movies. Mark Isham donates a nice score, and Irwin Winkler's expert direction keeps THE NET moving and involving.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thriller, Meet Ms. Bullock June 9, 2001
By Josh
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.
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