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The Net

posted Dec 5, 2014, 3:41 AM by Viktor Zólyomi   [ updated Dec 5, 2014, 3:41 AM ]
The 1990s saw the rise of software giant Microsoft. Led by Bill Gates, who made a memorable guest appearance on South Park as Tywin Lannister, Microsoft rose to dominance in the world of personal computing. They released the shittiest operating system ever made, Windows 95, and yet managed to turn Windows into a world leading commercial operating system. And of course similar things can be said about Apple, the Macintosh, and the late Steve Jobs (i. e. Microsoft's chief competitor). By now no one should be shocked that there were some people who were horribly paranoid about just how much power such software corporations can wield through the wide-spread use of a single operating system, and how much control over the world it gives them. In other words, the 1990s was a time when conspiracy theories surrounding computers were blooming. Thus The Net was born.

The Net is a 1995 thriller starring Sandra Bullock as independent programmer and computer wizard Angela Bennett. She hangs out in internet chatrooms and fixes messed-up computers for people she doesn't meet in person, while collecting computer viruses on floppy disks. (For those of you who don't know what a floppy disk is, it's the 1990s equivalent of a memory card or pen drive, only much bulkier and much smaller in storage capacity.) One day she stumbles upon a conspiracy surrounding personal data access and finds herself robbed of her very identity while a ruthless hitman is trying to kill her. Then it's up to her resolve and superior nerdy intellect to find her way out of this mess and screw over the bad guys.

The Net is a phenomenal movie that provided inspiration for the novel Con City in several ways. Highly recommended to all, and not just because of its inspirational effect on Con City; it's a very good, entertaining thriller, in which Sandra Bullock delivers one of the best performances of her career. Give it a watch, you won't be disappointed.