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

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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.

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Crime, Thrillers