REVIEW: THE NET: THE SERIES

MAIN CAST

Brooke Langton (Swingers)
Joseph Bottoms (Blind Date)
Tim Curry (IT)
Eric Szmanda (CSI)

RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

William Katt (Carrie)
Kelli Taylor (Nightman)
Mackenzie Gray (Smallville)
Jeff Yagher(V)
Jack Coleman (Heroes)
Lee Garlington (Flashforward)
Jim Byrnes (Highlander: The Series)
Dion Luther (Stargate SG.1)
Louis Ferreira (Stargate Universe)
Kevin McNulty (Elektra)
Peter Bryant (Sanctuary)
Clyde Kusatsu (Alias)
Michael Milhoan (That 70s Show)
Keegan Connor Tracy (Bates Motel)
Jsu Garcia (A Nightmare on Elm Street)
Rachel Hayward (Jingle All The Way 2)
Carmen Moore (Andromeda)
Craig Veroni (Darl Angel)
Steve Bacic (Blade: The Series)
Richard Cox (Bones)
Zach Galligan (Gremlins)
Ken Tremblett (Watchmen)
Ona Grauer (Arrow)
Colin Cunningham (Stargate SG.1)
Lisa Robin Kelly (That 70s Show)
April Telek (The Brotherhood 4)
Bill Dow (The Fly 2)
Gary Jones (Stargate SG.1)
Jeffrey Combs (Gotham)
Richard Ian Cox (Stargate: Atlantis)
Katharine Isabelle (Ginger Snaps)
Brennan Elliott (Flight 93)
Hiro Kanagawa (Heroes Reborn)
Chris Owens (Mutant X)
Bruce Abbott (The Prophecy 2)
Jill Teed (Highlander: The Series)
Sarah Deakins (Andromeda)
Dwayne Johnson (Faster)
Jeremy Renner (The Avengers)
Ryan Robbins (Sanctuary)

Having seen the film The Net starring Sandra Bullock, and thoroughly enjoying it, I decided to check out the spin-off series. Of course, it isn’t Bullock playing the main character, but – naturally – a look-a-like, and to her credit actress Brooke Langton does a fine job. The series is obviously richer in scope than the film, but to begin with at least, sticks to the same storyline: Computer geek Angela Bennett loses her identity and gets framed for murder when baddies hack into the government’s computers and changes her file. Angela then goes on the run and tries to clear her name.Image result for the net (1996) brooke langton

Obviously, such a plot is by no means original and both David Jansen and Harrison Ford have traipsed over similar ground in The Fugitive, but to begin with at least, what we had here was an entertaining serial-thriller that was eminently watchable. Acting is top notch from both Langton and in particular Joseph Bottoms, who plays her nemesis Trelawney. In the first few episodes, Angela has an internet contact named Sorcerer who we know only by voice (played by the brilliant British actor Tim Curry), but when his real identity is revealed in Episode 10, the show changes lanes.untitledThe main story arc is resolved in Epsiode 19 leaving the last 3 episodes as a way of taking the show into a new direction that would of continued into a second series, sadly the show was cancelled after one sason, but at least they managed to resolved the major storyline of the show which many fallen shows dont get a chance too. If you enjoyed the movie(s) then the series is a worthy spin-off and is fun to watch

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REVIEW: THE NET 1 & 2

CAST

Sandra Bullock (The Heat)
Jeremy Northam (Enigma)
Dennis Miller (Emerald City)
Diane Baker (The Silence of The Lambs)
L. Scott Caldwell (Lost)
Robert Gossett (Dark Angel)

The film opens with scenes depicting the United States Secretary of Defense Michael Bergstrom (Ken Howard) committing suicide after being informed that he has tested positive for HIV. Angela Bennett (Sandra Bullock) is a systems analyst from Venice, California who telecommutes to Cathedral Software in San Francisco. Her interpersonal relationships are almost completely online and on the phone, with the exception of forgettable interactions with her neighbors and visits to her mother (Diane Baker), who is institutionalized with Alzheimer’s disease and often forgets who Bennett is. Bennett’s co-worker Dale sends her a floppy disk with a backdoor labeled “π” that permits access to a commonly used computer security system called “Gatekeeper” and sold by Gregg Microsystems. Dale and Bennett agree to meet, but Dale’s private plane’s navigation system malfunctions and sends the plane into a tower, killing him.

Bennett travels to Cozumel, Mexico on vacation, where she meets Jack Devlin (Jeremy Northam). After seducing Bennett, Devlin pays a mugger to steal her purse as they walk along the beach. He chases the mugger into the foliage and roots through the purse to find the disk before shooting him. He takes Bennett out on his speedboat to kill her as well, but she finds his gun and confronts him. While fleeing with the disk and Devlin’s wallet, Bennett’s dinghy collides with rocks, destroying the disk and hospitalizing her. She is unconscious for three days. When Bennett wakes up, she finds that all records of her life have been deleted: She was checked out of her hotel room, her car is no longer at the LAX parking lot, and her credit cards are invalid. Bennett’s home is empty and listed for sale. Moreover, because none of the neighbors remember her, they cannot confirm her identity. Bennett’s Social Security number is now assigned to a “Ruth Marx,” for whom Devlin has entered arrest record by hacking police records. When Bennett calls her desk at Cathedral, an impostor answers and offers Bennett her old life back in exchange for the disk. She contacts the only other person who knows her by sight, psychiatrist and former lover Alan Champion (Dennis Miller). He checks her into a hotel, offers to contact a friend at the FBI, and arranges to have her mother moved for her safety.

Using her knowledge of the backdoor and a password found in Devlin’s wallet, Bennett logs into the Bethesda Naval Hospital’s computers and learns that Bergstrom, who had opposed Gatekeeper’s use by the federal government, was misdiagnosed. Fellow hacker “Cyberbob” identifies π with the “Praetorians,” a notorious group of cyberterrorists linked to recent computer failures around the country. Bennett and Cyberbob plan to meet at Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier, but the Praetorians intercept their online chat. Bennett escapes from Devlin—a contract killer for the cyberterrorists—at the park, but the Praetorians kill Champion by tampering with pharmacy and hospital computer records. After Bennett is arrested by the California Highway Patrol, a man identifying himself as Champion’s FBI friend frees her from jail. She realises he is an impostor and escapes again.

Now wanted for murder, Bennett hitchhikes from Los Angeles to Cathedral’s office in San Francisco where, using her impostor’s computer, she connects the terrorists to Gregg Microsystems and uncovers their scheme; once the Praetorians sabotage an organization’s computer system, Gregg sells his Gatekeeper product to them and gains unlimited access through the backdoor. Bennett emails evidence of the backdoor to the FBI from the Moscone Center and tricks Devlin into releasing a virus into Gregg’s mainframe, undoing the erasing of her identity. They battle on the convention center’s catwalks, where Devlin accidentally shoots and kills the impostor (the real Ruth Marx). Bennett then ambushes Devlin with a fire extinguisher, causing him to fall to his death. The film closes with Bennett reunited with her mother and the conspiracy exposed.

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.

CAST

Nikki Deloach (Ringer)
Cengiz Bozkurt (Taken 2)
Demet Akbag (Winter Sleep)
Neil Hopkins (Birds of Prey)
Courtney Vye (Messages Deleted)
Keegan Connor Tracy (Bates Motel)

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The movie opens with a scene of a young woman running from pursuers in the streets of Istanbul. She is captured and imprisoned, accused of various crimes, and questioned by a doctor. Desperate to save herself, she starts her story in a series of flashbacks. We find out that she is Hope Cassidy (played by Nikki DeLoach), a young computer systems analyst. Looking for excitement in her life, she accepts a well-paying job in Istanbul at Suzer International, where she will begin by securing the internet network of a Russian company. She tries to convince her boyfriend to come with her, but he is reluctant and she breaks off their relationship. While she is talking to him at a café, her laptop crashes and then reloads, a small incident she ignores.

While flying alone the next day, she checks her bank account online. A friendly air hostess (Şebnem Dönmez) serves her champagne and gifts her a bracelet. As they talk, we see the money in her accounts drop to zero. When Hope arrives in the city, she finds that her by the immigration officer that she is having a tourist visa and is told to go to the American consulate to renew her passport. Then she meets a taxi driver upon her arrival who takes her to the Sultanahmet Palace Hotel in Istanbul where he says the Americans love to stay. She gets a room and as soon she lies down she hears an alarm and comes out to find they have to stay out for almost an hour. She then meets an American known as Z. Kelly Ross. They take a walk in the park when they come across a seller selling scarfs. When she returns to get her passport she soon discovers the new one issued by the American consulate contains the wrong name. She learns that her identity has been stolen. As she returns to the office, she finds an other Hope Cassidy and finds $40,000,000 in her bank account and that certain people are out to kill her. All people who knew her were found dead. She finds out that the person at the beginning who she met and Dr. Kavak (Demet Akbag) are the people who behind the whole thing and is a Russian arms dealer. She finds out the seller and the air hostess are actually Interpol. She helps capture them and she gets shot, but at last she asks her how she found her but she says that she all along knew where she was. It is shown that the bracelet she gave was a homing beacon sending her position to the Interpol. The last scene shows her on a plane.Aside from the lovely travelogue of Istanbul, there’s nothing really new or different,  but it does have an unexpected twist I didn’t see coming. So for escapism entertainment, THE NET 2.0 is enjoyable