The Net stars Sandra Bullock as Angela Bennett, a software specialist that keeps to herself most of the time. Her woes began when her employer sends her a floppy disk and asks her what she makes of it. The knowledge of the program soon sends her into a mess as the program is inevitably powerful stuff and people are trying to recover the disk and kill her in the process.
The story was very uneven. Despite the number of events that amass due to the program, it wasn’t given much emphasis on; rather it was mentioned in passing and that was that. The reason why the need for the program’s back door to be undiscovered wasn’t strongly pushed; it would have helped if the actual mastermind had more of a role in pursuing Bennett rather than the movie heavily relying on Jack Devlin, who isn’t the best henchman.
I never felt that Sandra Bullock phones in any of her performances, no matter how mindless the material seems to be. Despite the number of successes she makes, she still ends up starring in unimaginative movies and tries to sell them. It doesn’t help her cause that her co-star was uncharismatic. Despite Jeremy Northam having a really debonair-sounding character, his antagonist was so uninspired that he doesn’t make any sort of impact when he’s onscreen.
The synopsis of this movie makes it sound more interesting than it really is. I also feel that this was somehow generic, and that I have seen something similar to its tone that might even starred Sandra Bullock. It might have even been this same movie for all I know!