The Net

Published February 4, 2014

The Net

Film info

  • Title The Net
  • Director Irwin Winkler
  • Year 1995
  • Run time 1hr 54m
  • Genres Drama, Thriller, Mystery, Crime, Action
  • Tagline No driver's license, no credit cards, no passport

Angela Bennett's a software engineer type who works from home and has few friends outside of cyberspace. Taking her first vacation in years, she becomes embroiled in a web of computer espionage.

Background info

Title: The Net Director: Iwin Winkler Year: 1995 Run time: 1hr 54m

“Sandra Bullock, Dennis Miller and Jeremy Northam star in this hit thriller about a computer expert whose life is “erased” by a computer conspiracy. A freelance software analyst, Angela Bennett, is inadvertently drawn into a dangerous conspiracy when a clinet asks her to de-bug a CD-ROM game. Soon the client turns up dead and Angela is next on the hit-list. After the assassins obliterate her official identity, Angela realises hers is not the only life being destroyed on the Net.”

Live blog

1:04 - Flip phone with an aeriel. I love it already. 4:21 - That was Wolfenstein! 5:44 - Sandy as a geek is my kinda gal. 13:43 - She has a Ye Olde to do list. I wonder if she’s any better at keeping up with hers than I am with mine. 18:09 - I’m surprised the board has a sign for the plane status as “Hijacked.” Wouldn’t have thought that would appear on the board! 19:16 - Laptop on the beach. She is my actual soulmate. 24:02 - I am so spicious of the guy asking questions. 27:50 - “You’re the one bleeding to death, I’m the one crying about my Mastercard.” 33:48 - Lots of people in films called Jack. Not imaginative. 43:22 - Eek, identity fraud is so scary. 49:39 - “Clever girl.” Heard that before. 59:11 - She just said “in IRL.” Oops. 1:02:09 - Cyberbob is a pretty poor name. 1:05:59 - Can’t imagine how good that snuggly feeling feels when the whole world is against you. 1:08:13 - A fair seems like it is a public enough space but equally busy enough for people not to notice you. 1:12:27 - Close ups of the horses on carousels in the stuff nightmares are made of. 1:16:57 - Car phones are excellent. 1:19:49 - Turns out Sandy’s not so good at the car chases. 1:24:06 - This film is making me feel like I need to go out and make an awful lot of friends, so they can vouch for me when it all goes down. 1:41:32 - Moscone Center! 1:45:07 - Oh, she IS a clever girl.


We’d never heard of this, but, on an evening where we just could not decide what we felt like watching, a brief search on Netflix turned up some bonus Sandra Bullock!

It was a lot better than I thought it would be. Of course, the technology is dated and laughable in places, but actually the thriller aspect is just as real a problem now as it was then - if not worse. Identity theft is a big prevailing concern about this epic connectivity the world has, and even back then in the days of floppy disks and attached car phones, there were plenty of ways it could go wrong.

I also found myself caught up in the story, because I just couldn’t see how she was going to get out of it. She had no one to help her! It was good, I enjoyed it. Yay Sandy!

Rating: 4/5

Rating: 4 / 5

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