Tom Clancy's Netforce
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You probably know screenplay is almost everything, and a poor one makes a film terrible, especially if the screenwriter isn't good in the genre of films he's writing. That was Lionel Chetwynd, who wrote the teleplay. He had previously written countless documentries, and Net Force was his first theatrical film.
On a strong point, the acting is fantastic. Scott Bakula has a great performance as Alex Michaels, Kris Kristofferson delivers once again, and Brian Dennehy makes a good effort. Little known actor Paul Hewitt is wonderful playing the young computer wiz, Jay Gridley.
Bottom Line: The acting is good, but screenplays kill and this one doesn't deliver. Net Force wouldn't be my first choice for viewing pleasure.
In the year 2005, the FBI has established a special division called "Netforce".It is responsible to investigate crimes committed using the Internet. Agents Alex Michaels and Steve Day are put on the case when software genius Will Stiles designs a Web browser that allows him to hack into Netforce's computer system and take control of the entire Internet for his own purposes.
It is a TV movie that is essentially a cautionary tale of futuristic cyberterrorism. Unfortunately,it is a blunt and somewhat rushed thriller with little time for character or relationship development. What it does offer is a scenario for the prospect of organized crime uniting with computer geeks and malevolent industrialists to sabotage national security through attacks on the Internet.The action bounces around from good guys to sundry bad guys, but there's no question that a creeping paranoia about Net vulnerability and its disastrous implications grows on the viewers especially of what could possibly happen in the future.
Which is the greatest mystery you'll find in the film. Quite literally you could find more suspense and better writing from your average Scooby Doo re-run than from Netforce. It is seriously that bad.
All the lead characters come off as generic and clueless, especially for people who are supposed to be working as elite law enforcement. Bakula gives his what has to be his lamest performance as a high-tech anti-terrorist.
Kris Kristofferson plays the typical grisled "chief" who longs for the good-ol' days. Dennehy plays a bit part as the person who's only job is to say "Find out who's doing this!". Both really don't even appear much in the film.
The snail-paced "who-dunnit" plot was rather disappointing. Most of the movie is spent chasing the obvious and learning about the Janus (their fictional Microsoft) Corporation's sinister new web browser. The actions scenes were not bad, but the romance subplot was completely out-of-sync with the rest of the movie.
If you're a computer geek, you'll also find several additional insults to your intellegence with the plot. Also on the annoying list was the complete overuse and misuse of Internet/virtual reality jargon.
In short, this movie is wrong. It's only value I can think of getting this would be to show the 90's pop-culture conception of the Internet. If you want suspense, action and politcal intrigue check out the "Jack Ryan" series of Clancy movies... 'cos this baby, despite it's decent production quality, is a total waste of time.
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never got to see it when it came out on tv,was very good tv miniseries ,didnt regret the purchase.Published 13 months ago by darrellduane
DVD shipped fast and it was clean and unmarked.
Netflix and Blockbuster don't carry it and l wanted a copy of it.
Now I do, and a nice copy it is.
The most boring movie that I've ever watched. It was all that I could do to stay awake. The actors are very good including Bakula, Kristoffersen, Dennehy and Going. Read morePublished on December 4, 2010 by leelee
I just watched this from an old VHS movie I got for $1 at the library. Scott Bakula tries to play a tough fearless agent working for the FBI but comes across as a Clint Eastwood... Read morePublished on February 26, 2010 by Michael A. Scheurich
Loved this movie for the most part, especially Scott Bakula and Chelsea Field. It was nice to see them together again in a movie. Read morePublished on August 22, 2006 by J. Fox
I've read some of Tom Clancy's works before. They are all quite entertaining in their own different way. Read morePublished on April 17, 2004 by Linda J Owens
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