Sandra Bullock comes into the picture in The Net, an internet thriller that has its share of mistakes, but still manages to be highly entertaining and suspenseful.
The Net has been one of my favorite movies for the last several years, due to many reasons. I am a Sandra Bullock fan, and The Net is pretty much her big screen debut. She's smart and sexy as Angela Bennett, a professional hacker who becomes wrapped up in a political conspiracy and literally loses her identity because of it. The movie is also suspenseful, with some smart moves by Bullock, not to mention a couple moderate twists. And for a long time I thought The Net was really intelligent, although my most recent watching clued me in that this movie should be taken more as entertaining than intellectually stimulating.
The Net is not a stupid film, but it definitely has its share of small plot holes. None of the flaws really add up to anything major, but the nitpicky viewers will find many things to complain about. It probably also doesn't help that the technology in the film is about six years out of date, so some of the innovative things that the villains use is really not that innovative anymore.
Sandra Bullock does a good job, but there are times when she could have been smarter or sexier, depending on the circumstance. It is always fun to see the victim turn around and show the bad guys who is boss, but she only does that to a small extent here, really not planning that much out. It also would have been nice to see her take on the "main" bad guy personally (the man behind everything), but instead we have to settle for her trying to escape from a suave assassin (Jeremy Northam).
The Net is very entertaining and I would still rank it pretty high, but over the years the holes have begun to show. It is definitely worth seeing, but don't expect a deep psychological thriller.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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