I remember liking the original. Don't you? You didn't? Oh, man, then you are _really_ going to hate this movie. But if you did, well... you are still probably going to hate this movie.
It's hard to know where to place the blame for this film's many, many shortcomings. Is it the writing? Yes, it's pretty superficial. The directing? Well, yes. The acting? Yeah... that could have been better... but you get the feeling that they're trying.
And seriously, what is up with the editing? Yes, freezing the video has been used to effect in other settings, but doing so randomly? Kinda looses the "hip" factor.
Anyway, aside from the title and the premise of "swish computer girl gets her identity stolen", I was at a loss for what this movie shared with the original at all - the same gaffer or best boy? Is that how they can justify the title?
I kind of like the idea of a completely separate story under the same name, but I have one proviso: Please make them good. The writing in this escapade is just weak. It tries to be slick and clever, but doesn't come close.
The leading actress is lovely, to be sure, and I hope she's a very nice person in real life. She tries her best with the material, and while she didn't succeed in saving the movie, she did win the sympathy vote.
My favorite moment in this romp has to be the scene of her infiltrating the "ultra high security offices" of a financial corporation based in some sort of palace. She happens to find a grey worker's jumpsuit and what follows is a beautiful montage of her creeping around with furtive sideways glances looking so ridiculously suspicious it's laughable. It's cute, in a way.
So, while the gadgets in this Net may have more RAM than the original, there is no area in which the new version eclipses its predecessor.
The production value just doesn't hold up, and it only possesses a fraction of the talent behind it, on either side of the camera.
I wish I could say that I didn't like this movie because I'm a Mac guy and this version features a Pocket PC instead of the Apples we saw in the original... but no. (It does make an interesting overarching metaphor, though.)
Even though I quickly abandoned any hopes or expectations when watching this movie, there are still other options with more substance. Try them first. All this being said, if you're looking for an entertaining faux-techno tale of intrigue, and if you're on a budget... this will probably be available in your local $1.99 bin within months.