I gotta give this movie Five Stars. I'm the 949th person to review it and I'll go into details in the next paragraph.
I first saw this movie on videotape at my girlfriend's house in 1998. I missed it in theaters but in the 22 years since I last saw the film I realize I'd forgotten most of the film! Yah, it's true. While I remembered the basic gist of the film the specific nuances of the plot had eluded me. This made watching it on DVD all the more special. I like how this role was made for a woman. Sandra Bullock is the girl next door and comes across as smart, savvy, tenacious and intelligent. All of these are things that suit her well and kept her character alive throughout an ordeal that would have destroyed most people in life. This film reminds me of an old "Airwolf" episode titled: "The Girl Who Fell from The Sky." That episode dealt with a woman's memory being taken from her with the use of drugs because she witnessed a corrupt Senator involved in illegal arms deals with "terrorist killers." Her background was substituted with that of a prostitute and drug addict. In this case, Bullock's character comes into custody of a disc that allows one to access thru a backdoor into sensitive systems in the Gregg Microsystems database called Gatekeeper (Similar Company Name To The Now Defunct Sun Microsystems).
On vacation in Mexico, Angela Bennett meets and falls in love with a handsome and dashing man but all is not as it seems as the man, Jack Devlin, is a hit man intent on retrieving the disc she has in her possession as well as taking her life. Devlin underestimates Bullock. Had he simply slain her on the boat instead of having sex with her, Gregg Microsystems, his employer, might well have succeed in their nefarious plans, but instead Angela Bennett (Nee Ruth Marx) was set on the world. Nothing could stop her in the end. The following paragraph is a paraphrase from Leonard Maltin's Review.
Bullock plays a mousy, vulnerable computer whiz. When bad guys need a disc she possesses, they stop at nothing--including deleting, then manipulating her identity on official computer records. Anyone who's ever seen a real thriller will be ahead of this story at every turn. Maltin gives the film a Two and a Half Star rating out of Four Stars. That translates to Three Stars out of Five. I give it Four and a Half Stars out of Five. I liked Bullock's plucky character and wish she'd done a sequel to this film As a result, I'm going to have to buy the sequel and view it for myself. Buy this movie and you won't be disappointed. Is it the best thriller of all time? No, but it is still quite an enjoyable yarn. See the spot where Bullock sleeps in her car. Located at 1200 Santa Monica Blvd. Was a real car dealership at the time and a perfect location and still exists to this day 25 years later.
A. Nathaniel Wallace, Jr.