Sandra Bullock, Jeremy Northam, Dennis Miller, Diane Bakcer,
Wendy Gazelle, Ken Howard, Ray McKinnon, Daniel Schorr
1995, 118 Minutes, Directed by: Irwin Winkler
Sandra Bullock plays a computer expert victimized by sinister cyberforces who
steal her identity for reasons unknown. —
that computer users love to hate. Why? Probably because they
can't do any of the things which are done with computers in this
movie, but would probably like to. This film is a terribly
technophobic affair: Sandra Bullock's entire identity is wiped
out by a bunch of malicious criminal hackers, planes are made to
crash, wrong prescriptions given to patients, etc.
be honest, as anyone who has ever hung out on the Internet will
tell you, none of this is really possible although some hackers
(and the media who report on them) would like you to believe so.
The plot? Sandra Bullock, a loner who hangs out more with Apple
Macs than humans, is targeted by a bunch of dark conspirators
after she accidentally receives a virus than enables them to
break into virtually every computer system you can think of. They
make her wanted by the police, give her another identity,
everything. Come to think of it: not even your pocket calculator
is safe from these guys!
basically The Pelican Brief with lots of running around
dark and deserted alleyways. There are some dull bits as the
movie loses its pace, but all in all it is the type of movie
you'd forget instantly after watching it.
Bullock is great as the hunted and resourceful woman. She can't
seem to put a foot wrong. The chief baddy pursuing her is
strangely sympathetic and the film features more computer screens
and consoles than you'll ever see in a movie - if that sort of
thing turns you on, that is.