That anyone manages to care remotely about what's going on despite all this is a tribute to Bullock's appeal. She remains a disarmingly winning performer, though here she's saddled with some clunky, cliched bits of behavior.
Writers John Brancato and Michael Ferris must figure the blinking lights on Angela's screen will cloud our brains. They ask us to ignore plotholes the size of craters... Nor does director Irwin Winkler shoot scenes suspensefully. [28 July 1995, p.9F]
The problem is that producer-turned-director Irwin Winkler (Night and the City, Guilty by Suspicion) simply has no idea what he's doing. I take that back. He knows what a producer ought to know: how to latch onto a hot topic and a hot star. Winkler also appears to have picked up enough from the directors he has worked with to give his film a certain second-hand slickness.
The Net is a typical thriller of the 90s. The name of the film and the plot are deceptive, one of the most delusional and unrealistic films about both hackers and IT. The Net is one of the most romanticised tester stories in a film matographer. At the same time, The Net itself is clearly not the most exciting thriller, there is almost no suspense, the dynamics of the film is very sagging and the action of what is happening is delayed. The plot itself rests on some fictional rules that do not reflect reality. In the 90s, everything is already so computerized that nothing is stored on paper. And the whole plot is saturated with such artificial restrictions. Because of this, the thriller turns into a sitcom of absurdity. And of course I was killed in the weak acting of Sandra Bullock, she plays a lot better in secondary roles.
I think many movies have gone out of this one. It's about taking ones identity and turn them into nobody, new person. I liked this idea, but somehow the movie didn't seemed interesting to me. But the opposite - slow, predictable, not deep and real enough. I guess Sandra Bullock did her job, but the whole making of the movie, like directing and script, action and story were weak. 'The Net' is fine movie, just not something special.