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The Net [DVD] [1995]


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  • Actors: Sandra Bullock, Jeremy Northam, Dennis Miller, Diane Baker, Wendy Gazelle
  • Directors: Irwin Winkler
  • Writers: John D. Brancato, Michael Ferris
  • Producers: Irwin Winkler, Rob Cowan
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Hindi, Czech, Hungarian, Polish, Russian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: UCA
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Aug. 2005
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CWUE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,792 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Angela Bennett (Sandra Bullock) is a freelance computer systems analyst who tracks down software viruses. At night she hooks up to the internet and chats to others 'surfing the net'. While de-bugging a high-tech game, she comes across a top secret programme and becomes the target of a mysterious organisation who will stop at nothing to erase her identity and her existence, in order to protect the project.

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The Net, the first of Hollywood's big cyber-thrillers of the mid-1990s, was also the most successful, thanks in large part to the natural appeal of star Sandra Bullock. Still riding high from Speed and While You Were Sleeping, Bullock plays a computer expert victimised by sinister cyber-forces who steal her identity for reasons unknown. It's a clever combination of high-tech paranoia and Hitchcockian references (including Jeremy Northam as a romantic stranger named Devlin, after Cary Grant in Notorious). Film historians may look back someday on films like this--Roger Ebert calls them "hacksploitation"--to see what they reveal about our society's reaction to the increasing role of technology in our lives, just as we now study the fears of Communism and the atom bomb reflected in films of the 1950s. Dennis Miller and Diane Baker co-star. --Jim Emerson, Amazon.com

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4.5 out of 5 stars

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Vinall on 25 Jan. 2014
Format: DVD
The Net is the classic tale of what happens when you make the wrong decision and decide to go outside.
Sandra Bullock plays Sandra Bullock as the only woman on the internet. She spends her days playing Wolfenstein and talking on 4chan. Sandra Bullock is sad because the internet killed her parents. She wants revenge on the internet from what it's done. Things go awry when Sandra Bullock tries to go on holiday away from the internet. The internet is not happy. The internet hacks her friends eyes so that he flies into some buildings. This doesn't upset anyone. Sandra Bullock goes on holiday to the beach with the internet. The only British man in existence is surprisingly not the bad guy in this film. The British man sticks is ethernet cable into Sandra Bullock's modem: the internet is not happy by this betrayal and tries to drown her. The rest of the film consists of Sandra Bullock running away from the internet for about 5 hours. Sandra Bullock meets up with her old psychiatrist boyfriend who obviously just wants her to unzip his hard drive. The internet gets angry and hacks his medicine. After he dies Sandra Bullock is not too fussed. All of the men who like Sandra Bullock, end up dying in the film. So if there's any moral to be gained from this film is that you shouldn't fall for Sandra Bullock.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By DL Productions UK TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 Jan. 2010
Format: DVD
Think back to 1995, did you even know what ID theft was? Well Michael Ferris and John Brancato did, and at the time, it wasn't really that scary.

Fast forward to 2010, and the reality of this happening seems a lot more scary than it did in 1995, where it was a privilege to have the internet - either that or you went to uni, so it was a rarity. For Angela Bennett (Sandra Bullock) it was a scary reality which was bestowed on her during a holiday in Mexico.

This film is good, but it's not very futuristic, and it seems a bit too easy - there's no real head scratching moments like you'd expect if your ID was stolen. Plus the internet looks a lot more primitive than it was back then, and the Mozart thing was a bit zanny to say the least. Sandra was amazing in this though and it's no wonder she was picked for Speed later on that decade, but in an already paranoid society about PCs, the net and the data stored about us it wasn't really surprising this was coming from Hollywood, who were good at this sort of thing. What made me laugh the most is the fact their IP addresses had more than 256 numbers in, so they had something like 20.355.20.4, which is invalid! (I know, I am such a geek!)

This is quite an enjoyable film though, and it kept me wondering what was going to happen right up to the end, which is a good thing. Even the bad guy wasn't very annoying and you could watch him without feeling rage, which is a good thing.

It's an interesting nugget of history though, and will probably be watched time and time again by me and the family.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steven TOP 500 REVIEWER on 23 July 2013
Format: DVD
Sandra excels as the socially awkward computer expert who falls foul of a big business conspiracy. As a freelance programmer who deals with particularly knarly viruses she comes across some major misdeeds on the part of a massive software company. With the bad guys desperate to keep her knowlege a secret, they erase her identity and send out the contract killers. This is a glossy, fast paced chase movie with more than a few thrills thrown in. Irwin Winkler is a steady hand in the director's chair and Jeremy Northam is engaging as a slippery killer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Evans on 23 Jun. 2013
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Although this film was made in 1995, it has an uncanny foreboding of what has become so true with our modern hacking and press intrusion. This a a great film. I saw it many years ago on TV but have wanted to see it again after such a long time lapse. Sandra Bullock plays a somewhat lonesome character in need of a little love, if only she would break away from her computer screen. Most of her flirting is done on the Internet through her work. She stumbles across information which causes a chain reaction of events, not least a complete make-over of her personal details, bank accounts, driving license and she is even given a forged criminal record. All done through the web by people who are out to silence her. Bullock begins to think straight amid the chaos and begins to hit back at those trying to kill her. A nail-biting thriller right to the very end.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Derek Vernon-morris on 20 Sept. 2011
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Online Technology has increased since 1995, so perhaps the concept of this film appears less original, but it deals with the fears that personal identities are at risk, and can even be swapped and modified to actually leave a living person without an identity.
Sandra Bullock plays Angela Bennett, a freelance computer analyst, who works in collaboration with an organisation tracking viruses and hackers. She also contacts web users lightheartedly Internet dating,
some of whom disguise their identities with symbols.
A colleage sends data revealing a scam involving the FBI, which is so top secret he aims to fly out and meet her before she goes on a much needed holiday. Mysteriously the electronics on his plane encounter interference and he crashes.
At the end of her holiday, she is approached by a company executive (Jeremy Northam) who lures her onto his yatch, with the purpose of shooting her, and he reveals his Web identity repeating her lighthearted demands. After stunning him with a wine bottle, she discovers the Floppy Disc, which was stolen from her by muggers on the beach,(in his employ) and escapes in a small boat.

On returning home, she finds her house sold, none of her ID recognised,and her Mother a Dimensia patient, in danger. Her contacts do not recognise her, and she embarks upon a life and death chase to locate her identity and expose the plot to overthrow the FBI, and take over the Presidency of the USA.
The woman impersonating her has a criminal record, as does the mysterious millionaire.
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