This thoroughly routine thriller is chock full of computer palaver that will leave most viewers befuddled. Charlie (Jonathan Quint) discovers that it's best to stick to assigned duties at Silicon Towers, as his missing and presumed-dead predecessor apparently learned at considerable cost. Charlie receives an encrypted e-mail and asks company egghead Alton (Brad Dourif) for his input, then inadvertently, Charlie cracks the code for his firm's most closely guarded secret: CEO Tom Warner (Brian Dennehy) has perfected an undetectable way to siphon off funds from any business hooked up to his company's service provider. Charlie tests his discovery by transferring some money into his own bank account; his greedy girlfriend, Linda (Melinda Songer), encourages him to keep it. Warner, abetted by right-hand man Tom Neufield (Daniel Baldwin) and security chief Derrick Starr (Al Sapienza), will stop at nothing to protect his multi-national holdings. As the police investigate the disappearance of the previous holder of Charlie's job, Charlie annoys Warner by refusing to play ball with corrupt official policy. Charlie and Alton risk their lives to find a way to dry up Warner's illegal cash flow Perhaps Charlie can take advantage of the fact that the doublecrossing Starr wants to set up his own operation. Linda, meanwhile, indulges in an affair with Starr while continuing to nag Charlie about ripping off Warner. Caught in a deadly crossfire, Charlie must find a way to sneak back into Silicon Towers and sabotage Warner's mainframe.
This industrial-espionage thriller may jiggle the gigabytes of computer literate viewers, but old-fashioned action aficionados will find themselves wondering why it doesn't have more (hard) drive.
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- Released: 2000
- Rating: PG-13
- Review: This thoroughly routine thriller is chock full of computer palaver that will leave most viewers befuddled. Charlie (Jonathan Quint) discovers that it's best to stick to assigned duties at Silicon Towers, as his missing and presumed-dead predecessor apparen… (more)