Swordfish

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Released 2001

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Director:
Dominic Sena
Released:
2001
Rating:
R
Swordfish is a 2001 crime thriller that delves into the super-secret world of computer hacking. A covert government agency known as Black Cell has its eyes on a $9.5 billion dollar bank account, consisting of funds confiscated by the DEA. Black Cell's charismatic but slightly crazy leader, Gabriel Shear (John Travolta), is determined to gain control of the money to fund Black Cell's war against international terrorism. Stanley Jobson (Hugh Jackman) has recently been released from a two-year prison sentence for computer crimes. Stanley is the man Gabriel needs, but Stanley's only interested in regaining custody of his daughter, Holly (Camryn Grimes), who now lives with his ex-wife, Melissa (Drea de Matteo). Stanley doesn't have the money he needs to fight for Holly in court, and when the mysterious and sexy Ginger Knowles (Halle Berry) offers him $100,000 to meet with Gabriel, he eagerly accepts the money. Stanley's parole is conditional on him not even touching a computer, though, and if he were to be caught helping Gabriel, any chance of seeing his daughter again will be lost. Will Stanley be able to say no to the man who doesn't take no for an answer?moreless

Metacritic Score

  • 50

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    A half-absorbing, half-ridiculous techno-thriller that often goes too far in search of audience-rousing effects.

  • 20

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    Turns into a meticulously choreographed bang-by-the-numbers action fantasy that I would accuse of peddling evil if the film weren't so dumb and incoherent.

  • 20

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    A kind of dirty fairy tale in which people with nasty attitudes inhabit a trash-talking, macho world of fast cars and complaisant women.

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • A good film up to a point and then nada.

    4.5
    I liked this film but as things start building towards a climax and John Travolta's character stumbles upon what appears to be him frozen in someones huge then the whole film kinda dies right then & there. Why the director did that is never apparent as the movie continues which makes it kind of porn in the sense that the plot evaporates and all logic becomes meaningless as the film stumbles relentlessly towards its conclusion. Is it all some kind of a "In Crowd Joke?" I don't get it-what they did do is turn this film into an ashtray. I wish they hadn't.moreless
  • Original story

    9.5
    Great.

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Crime, Thrillers