The Net

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Released 1995


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Irwin Winkler
The Net is a 1995 thriller about a woman fending for her life after her identity is stolen electronically. The film follows Angela Bennett (Sandra Bullock), a California based computer systems analyst that works periodically up in San Francisco. However, she is somewhat of a loner in that most of her personal interactions happen through computer networks, over the phone, and online. Angela receives a floppy disk from a coworker that has a secret button within it that reveals illegal cyber programming. Thinking nothing of it she agrees to meet with the coworker, but the coworker mysteriously ends up dead. Angela then travels to Mexico on a much needed vacation only to meet Jack Devlin (Jeremy Northam), a seemingly harmless man who tries to seduce her. Little does she know, Devlin actually works for the manufacturers of the content on the disk and is just trying to retrieve it. When Angela finds out about his intent she tries to escape resulting in her being knocked unconscious. When she wakes up and returns to California, her credit cards don't work, her house is up for sale, and her identity has been changed to that of a convict. Now she must get to the bottom of the conspiracy and more importantly get her life back.moreless


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  • 75

    San Francisco Chronicle Mick LaSalle

    The Net is a scary film that could have been terrifying but for something slightly earnest and plodding in director Irwin Winkler's attack.

  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    This stuff is so concocted I had no business caring about it. But I did, because of Bullock.

  • 63

    TV Guide

    A thoroughly conventional exercise in pop paranoia with trendy appurtenances, The Net has little to offer outside of Bullock's moderately appealing presence.

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