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The Net (1995)

Directed by:
Irwin Winkler

COUNTRY
USA
Genre
Thriller
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Nettet

RUNNING TIME
110 minutes

Produced by:
Irwin Winkler
Rob Cowan

Written by:
John Brancato
Michael Ferris


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Angela Bennett Sandra Bullock
Jack Devlin Jeremy Northam
Dr. Alan Champion Dennis Miller
Mrs. Bennett Diane Baker -
Dale Ray McKinnon -
Imposter Wendy Gazelle -

 

Review

A thriller based on the premise that a novel invention called the internet can make it possible for baddies to take complete control of your life and even wipe it out. Despite its sophomoric ways of visualizing these online perils, The Net definitely has its fair share of good points, even seen today, 25 years later. The reason it still doesn't quite work hasn't really got that much to do with the filmmakers' hit-or-miss fiddling with the technological aspects of the story, but rather that the bad guys mainly represented by British actor Jeremy Northam are so very Hollywoodish in everything they say and do. The Net is genre-bound to excess, and this holds it back and puts it into an ephemeral 1990s thriller tradition which hasn't stood the test of time all that well. John Badham's WarGames, another early look at the predicted dangers of online computers, holds up better. Still, Sandra Bullock's industrious, sympathetic performance may keep you watching until the end.

Re-reviewed: Copyright 11.11.2022 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang
Original review: Copyright 01.10.1996 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang