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Swordfish is supposed to be about this ex-con computer hacker (Hugh Jackman) recruited by Gabriel and Ginger (John Travolta and Halle Berry) to hack into a government computer system and steal billions of dollars in seized drug money. At least that's what the plot is roughly supposed to be. Somewhere after Halle Berry's gratuitous and unnecessary topless scene the plot becomes totally incoherent in its attempts to create twists and turns to shock the viewer. These logic-bending turns make an already weak story turn into a logic defying brain-mushing pile of drivel. There is no structure to the story and how it's set up; the scenes don't come together to make sense or even make a cohesive story. Stuff just happens because the producers wanted car chases, shootouts and explosions in the film even though there's no reason for them to be there. This film is for the short attention span crowd that likes XXX and The Fast and the Furious; trying to figure out why things happened in this mindless movie will give you an aneurysm.Read more ›
Superficial but a fine entertaining Actioner, which is a Surprisngly Smart film with Visual Style and Plot. This film wasn`t a Big Hit as it should in Theaters but it did OK. This movie has plenty of energy to go for with the Slam Bang Thrills. Die-Hard Action Fans will love to see this one. DVD has an Sharp Anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1) transfer and Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. DVD Extras are:An running Commentary Track with Director:Dominic Seda (Kalifornia), Two Alternate Endings, Behind the Scenes Featurette and More. This is a Clever Action Film. Panavision. Grade:A-.
The Basics: the essential synopsis of SWORDFISH begins almost in reverse with a fantastic hostage scene. Then it clicks back a bit to a computer genius fresh out of Leavenworth who will go straight back to the big house if he even touches a computer. But, he can't resist the enticing messenger sent to drag him back into the techno world of computer thievery. She's offering him money, a chance to be a hacker king again, and most importantly, his little girl. Of course, he has to deal with a madman and his underground, spy network all the while playing a dirty, little cat and mouse game with the FBI, DEA, and all other manner of government what-not. That's the basics.
The Stars: John Travolta (PULP FICTION; STAYIN' ALIVE) does another fantastic job as a madman gone madder, Gabriel. While his work may not be a virtual act of genius (i.e. Kevin Spacey), he does have all it takes to play a variety of roles over large spans of film time and maintain a certain something that keeps him watchable (i.e. Tommy Lee Jones). Travolta has stood the test of time, and SWORDFISH is no different. Even though he's certainly not the good guy, Travolta is smooth, crazy, ingenious, and @$$-kicking throughout the film.Read more ›
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Disc skips about half way in. Freezes frame and will not play. Very disappointed. Easy of $15 +s&hPublished 6 months ago by Shayne Tupper
Swordfish is a fantastic movie, and I'm pleased with my choice, however, upon arrival the case was broken quite a bit inside, so I have to find a new one...Published on Jan. 11 2013 by C. Cave
turned out to be a good story with a very good cast
both Jackman & Travolta did great jobs with thier characters
some good twists in this movie
very enjoyable but... Read more
I rented this so I could see Drea De Matteo, and sure she has only a couple scenes, only a few lines, and so on, but I loved her in it. Read morePublished on July 19 2004 by Tony G.
EXCELLENT GRAPHICS COMBINED WITH A COMPELLING STORY WITH HUMANIZED CHARACTERS! LOVED IT!Published on June 30 2004 by Nick Rocco
I'd have built a time machine to stop this movie from ever having been made, which would have created a paradox destroying the entire cosmos, but it's a universe better off for not... Read morePublished on June 27 2004 by CQC
this movie is a really good movie one of my favorites....because it (...)is real realistic and stuff. i suggest seing this movie and buying itPublished on June 2 2004 by Carlos
Amazing movie, you would never guess its THAT good when you first go in to see it! The start of the film was just not expected! That 360-degree slow motion turn was just SUPERB! Read morePublished on April 21 2004 by Henry