Plot: Hope (Nikki Deloach) is a systems analyst expert who is about to shake her life in major ways, but the promise of a fantastic new job spoke to her ambitions and she decided to roll the dice. This was no mere move across town however, as Hope had to relocate to Istanbul, so this was a life changing move, but she is confident the work opportunities will be worth the drastic shift. The process turns out to be not so smooth however, as once she lands she finds herself in a nightmare scenario. None of her credit cards work, it looks as if her bank account has been drained, and she can’t even seem to get anyone to believe that she is herself. Unable to prove who she is, Hope winds up on the run from the law and as a foreigner in Istanbul, she has a hard time with basic things, let alone being a fugitive. Can she find some way to reclaim her identity or will this trip prove to be her last?
Entertainment Value: This is one of those sequels that even fans of the original seem to rarely know of, but that might be for the best, as The Net 2.0 is a total mess and isn’t even fun as unintentional schlock. The lone connection aside from the general identity theft angle is that this sequel was directed by the son of The Net’s director, so not exactly a great bond with the first movie. You can tell this direct to video sequel was made with little resources, as the polish is minimal, the star power isn’t even b movie level, and the action/thriller elements are toned down. I did appreciate the attempts to juice the pace a little with some chases, but they’re not creative or even well executed, so even the action scenes here leave a lot to be desired. The one saving grace in The Net 2.0 is the dialogue, as it sometimes veers into total groan inducing territory, especially when Hope does her inner monologues. If the entire movie had been as cringe as the opening monologue, this might have been a fun one, but sadly most of the writing is just basic and forgettable, not as over the top as the early moments. The movie just breaks down thanks to a languid pace and a lack of any interesting elements, so even for big fans of The Net, this one is a dull, lifeless watch.
The cast of The Net 2.0 isn’t without talent, but no one seems interested in the material and the performances are just bland overall. The one exception is Nikki Deloach in the lead role, as she is sometimes so wooden it adds some humor, as in those monologues I mentioned above. The first one is just wonderful, as it is so sincere and serious, but a total festival of cringe. I just wish the rest of the movie continued that, as then this could have been a fun ride, but no such luck. Deloach is content to coast through with no real emotion or depth, though the script is to blame somewhat as well, so outside of the ridiculous monologues, her performance here is forgettable. The rest of the cast is about as basic, bare minimum effort as it gets. Perhaps if they’d at least been enthusiastic, the movie would have been more watchable. The cast here also includes Demet Akbag, Neil Hopkins, and Keegan Connor Tracy.