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Laramie Movie Scope: The Net

Above average action conspiracy story

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by Robert Roten, Film Critic
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August 3, 1995 -- ``The Net'' is one of those great paranoia films, like ``Invasion of the Body Snatchers.'' Do you ever have the feeling someone is watching everything you do? This movie will surely exacerbate that feeling.

The film stars Sandra Bullock as Angela Bennett, a hacker who stumbles upon a billion dollar computer scam, and Dennis Miller as Dr. Alan Champion, her former psychiatrist. Bullock carries the film mainly because she is so likable. Jeremy Northam plays Jack Devlin, a slick, nasty killer. Devlin comes across as someone who is slightly more complex than the normal action movie villain.

Bullock spends most of the film on the run, trying to stay alive and to stop the dastardly computer plotters. With all the firepower going against Bullock, it's pretty hard to believe that she can prevail. The ending of the film, when Bullock turns on her pursuer and becomes an instant action hero, is pretty hard to swallow, too.

But this movie does have a lot going for it. The photography, by Jack N. Green, is excellent. He even puts some pizzazz into a tired old merry-go-round chase scene. Director Irwin Winkler does a good job of keeping the suspense high and the pace fast. It is a pretty good summer actioner. It rates a B.

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