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->''"Just think about it. Our whole world is sitting there on a computer. It's in the computer, everything: your, your DMV records, your, your social security, your credit cards, your medical records. It's all right there. Everyone is stored in there. It's like this little electronic shadow on each and every one of us, just, just begging for someone to screw with, and you know what? They've done it to me, and you know what? They're gonna do it to you."''
-->-- '''Angela Bennett'''

''The Net'' is a 1995 techno-thriller film starring Creator/SandraBullock and directed by Irwin Winkler. Bullock plays Angela Bennett, an unassuming, nerdy computer analyst and reclusive loner who works from home, helping her company debug games and other software. She becomes embroiled in an intricate conspiracy when her co-worker sends her a disk of security software called "Gatekeeper", containing a secret backdoor into various government agencies, hospitals and any computer system Gatekeeper supposedly protects. This makes Angela a target of the Praetorians, a dangerous group of hackers who use their manipulation of [[EverythingIsOnline everything online]] to kill or ruin the lives of anyone who threatens them.

Bennett becomes a wanted fugitive when her identity is replaced with that of a known criminal, her credit cards rendered null, her car stolen and her house sold without her knowledge. With everyone believing she is someone she is not, and a charming assassin on her tail, Bennett can only count on her former therapist, Dr Alan Champion, to protect her and ensure her mother, who suffers from Alzheimer's, is safe. It will take all of her skill and wits to uncover the real identity and motives of The Praetorians and bring down the conspiracy before they have undetectable access to every major computer system.

A [[Series/TheFugitive Fugitive-esque]] spin-off TV series in the USA was created, which turns the plot of the film into an episodic narrative pitting runaway Angela against the Praetorians, a cyber-terrorist organization that makes her a target of the FBI by swapping her identity with one the top 10 Most Wanted List. A DirectToVideo sequel (in actuality the same premise under different circumstances), ''The Net 2.0'', was made in 2006, about a female computer analyst who gets her identity stolen while in Instanbul.

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!This film includes examples of the following:

* ActionSurvivor: crosses over into ActionGirl towards the end, but for the most part Angela is flung into the mayhem and caught unawares.
* BatmanGambit: [[spoiler: Angela emails the FBI, blowing the lid on the conspiracy. Devlin hacks the FBI to get rid of the email, inadvertently triggering the virus that brings down Gatekeeper.]]
* BigBad: [[spoiler: Jeff Gregg]].
** TheHeavy: Devlin.
* BigBrotherIsWatching
* CaptainErsatz: Jeff Gregg for Bill Gates.
* ChekhovsGun: the disk containing the virus [[spoiler:used to bring down Gatekeeper]].
* CoincidentalBroadcast: Towards the end of the movie, Angela has the news on and literally every single story on it is conveniently related to Angela's plot line.
* ColourCodedForYourConvenience: a computer disk with a virus is colored red.
* ConspiracyThriller
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: [[spoiler: Jeff Gregg]]
* TheCracker: The BigBad aka [[spoiler:Jeff Gregg]].
* DisneyVillainDeath: [[spoiler: Devlin's demise.]]
* DrivenToSuicide: Undersecretary of Defense Michael Bergstrom, when told that he has AIDS. [[spoiler: His medical records were changed to make it look like he did.]]
* EvilBrit: Devlin
* EverythingIsOnline: The film explores and dissects the over-reliance of computers in important facets of modern society. Angela Bennett bemoans this point when talking to her provided attorney.
* ExtremeGraphicalRepresentation: Actually not as gratuitous as one might think, but the effects of a computer virus are shown as pixels slowly degenerating and floating away.
* FanService: What else do you call Sandra Bullock in a black bikini, lounging on a beach?
* FauxAffablyEvil: Devlin.
* [[HeKnowsTooMuch She Knows Too Much]]
* HerBoyfriendsJacket: Angela Bennett wraps herself with Jack Devlin's sports coat while aboard his boat. When she finds a gun with a silencer in one pocket, she begins to suspect that Jack intends to murder her.
* HollywoodNerd: You know nerds have made the big-time when one is played by Sandra Bullock.
* [[IHaveYourWife I Have Your Mother]]: [[spoiler: almost]].
* ItAmusedMe: The temporary computer crashes experienced by Wall Street and LAX appear to have been caused by cyber pranksters who did it for the lulz.
* ItWorksBetterWithBullets: Angela removes the clip from Jack's gun. Despite holding it for several minutes while he talks to her, he fails to notice the weight difference and doesn't realize that it's empty until he tries to use it.
* LonersAreFreaks: Angela Bennett exemplifies the idea of computers and the Internet facilitating the lifestyle of extreme reclusiveness. Her mostly solitary existence might have been a bit too solitary, to the point where her neighbour can't even vouch that she ''existed''.
* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: Devlin's ploy to steal Bennett's disk
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Jack '''Devlin'''.
* NerdsAreSexy: Especially when played by Sandra Bullock and Jeremy Northam.
* NewMediaAreEvil: The film was largely composed of hysterical hand-wringing over how easy computers and the Internet supposedly make it for one's identity to be "deleted" by "hackers". Apparently, it took place in a world where no one carries a driver's license, and everyone's brain is online with the security of Wikipedia.
* NonIndicativeName: Dr Alan Champion. [[spoiler: he dies from insulin poisoning]].
* OhCrap: Most of Angela's reactions to various things, including her house being sold, her car being stolen, her fake criminal record and so on.
* PlotCoupon: "Give us the disk and we'll give you your life back". [[spoiler:Too bad it melted in the Mexican sun.]]
* ProfessionalKiller: [[spoiler: Jack Devlin]]
* PursuedProtagonist: And how. She's constantly on the run.
* SinisterSurveillance: Any and all close-ups of a security camera panning slightly are an indication of something ominous.
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: The film belongs firmly to that brief era when the Internet was brand new, and some people were terrified that it could bring down society.
* VillainousCrush: Devlin for Angela. It doesn't stop him to try killing her, though.
* WesternTerrorists: The Praetorians
* WrongfulAccusationInsurance: [[spoiler:though it's kept ambiguous how much of Angela's actions the FBI know of in the end, she gets her life back apparently without having to answer for some of the minor things she had to do; fleeing the police, setting off fire drills, etc.]]
* XanatosGambit: [[spoiler: Jeff Gregg]] engineered all the cyber attacks and made it seem like this was the work of pranksters, in order to get the US Government to [[spoiler: buy his anti-virus software to protect their system. The software was purposely engineered with a backdoor, to make it easy for Gregg to hack in. He could still get in before, but this way is undetectable and easier and he made some money. Whether or not the software was bought he still had the fruits of the initial attack.]]

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