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4.0 out of 5 stars An Eye Popping Action-Thriller, which is Actually Well Made.
When Ex-Computer Hacker (Hugh Jackman) has been hired by a Mysterious Patroit (John Travolta), who is a Professional Thief. The Hacker has to find a way to steal $10 Billion from the Gouverment of the United States. If the Hacker gets the Job Done, he will get $10 Million and might also has the chance to have his Daughter Back in his life but he has to deal with a FBI...
Published on Feb. 15 2002 by Christian Pelchat
3.0 out of 5 stars Catch the Swordfish, it's good
"SwordFish" is far from perfect, but it isn't that bad. Hugh Jackman is a relesed from prison for computor hacking. He is approached by Halle Barry and John Travolta to do one last hack. In exchange, they will help Jackman get custody of his daughter. Ok, the plot is no where near believable, but it is fast, exciting and fun. The computor science isn't very...
Published on March 10 2004 by Vagabond77
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Eye Popping Action-Thriller, which is Actually Well Made.,
When Ex-Computer Hacker (Hugh Jackman) has been hired by a Mysterious Patroit (John Travolta), who is a Professional Thief. The Hacker has to find a way to steal $10 Billion from the Gouverment of the United States. If the Hacker gets the Job Done, he will get $10 Million and might also has the chance to have his Daughter Back in his life but he has to deal with a FBI Agent (Don Cheadle) and a beautiful attractive Woman (Halle Berry).
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-.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie,
This review is from: Swordfish (Keepcase) [Import] (DVD)
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 not for kids
5.0 out of 5 stars GOOD GRAPHICS AND STORY!,
EXCELLENT GRAPHICS COMBINED WITH A COMPELLING STORY WITH HUMANIZED CHARACTERS! LOVED IT!
5.0 out of 5 stars sword fish,
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 it
1.0 out of 5 stars Password: STUPID.,
Dominic Sena' Swordfish will go down in history as the movie where Halle Berry was topless for the first time onscreen. Sadly, that's the only thing people will ever remember about this awful movie.
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.
Long story short, there are shoot-outs with guys in black SUVs, He hacks the system and gives them the money, Gabriel flies out in his helicopter to shoot senator who was helping him Afterward, there's a bank robbery they take hostages, Big explosion from opening scene explained, Gabriel hangs Ginger, He hacks system to get them money in bank, Gabriel shoots Ginger, hostages get on bus, For no reason, helicopter picks up a bus, malfunctions bus lands on building, Hostages fall off building and blow up, more stuff blows up, Gabriel gets in a Helicopter flies away, Jackman blows it up with a rocket launcher even though he has never used one in his life, Gabriel is confirmed dead, BUT HE'S NOT GABRIEL! He's an INTERNATIONAL TERRORIST. Jackman gets his daughter and drives off into the sunset. In the end, Ginger and Gabriel (who somehow survives being blown up in a helicopter) goes to a foreign bank get the stolen money and ride off in their yacht into the sunset while a luxury liner explodes behind them. Did that make sense to you? It didn't to me.
I have to wonder did a chimp with ADHD write this script? And did the same chimp with ADHD have friends with the same disability to greenlight this disaster? I can't believe in this day and age someone with a college education and works for major movie studio would spend over $80 million dollars to deliberately make a movie with a story as ridiculous as this one. Most of the money must have gone for Travolta's salary and those unnecessary CGI effects are added for absolutely no reason at all.
A five second shot at Halle Berry's topless chest isn't worth having to deal with this brain-numbing drivel calling itself a movie. (...) At least you'll get what you pay for. For an exciting crime caper movie get Ocean's Eleven, The Thomas Crown Affair or The Italian Job.
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally cool movie! It goes for BROKE!,
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! Very, very cool, the best I've ever seen in a 360 shot! The sound was just great. Then there was that bus!:--- 'AIRBOURNE!', yeah I'm talking about the bus! This movie is priceless! The cast was all-great, but I don't think Don Cheadle did too well in this film.
The story was great, pushed to a great extent and it turned out believable! Truly a classic, SWORDFISH! Great Action! Great Plot! Great Cast! Stands out above many action flicks!
10/10! (In this case 5/5!)
5.0 out of 5 stars remember 9-11,
By A Customer
I saw this movie the sunday before Sept 11 2001, and if you remember the arguments it's really interesting, probably this movie would be a blockbuster if it was released after that incident or with good marketing (remember "wag the dog" in the Clinton sex scandal). Just remember that more billionaries got richer after 9/11 than ever in the history of the US, not one important company was present in the two towers when the planes crashed (so that means that only in the twin towers the people got to work after 10am!! give me a break!), etc. So if you are a believer of all the CNN scenario of the 9/11 incident don't watch this movie 'cause your going to laugh, but.. if you think that the truth is yet to be relased WATCH THIS MOVIE.
1.0 out of 5 stars Another stupid delivery by Travolta,
This is the kind of movie that serves as an example for picturing the worst Hollywwod has to offer. Ok, sometimes it's good to watch a pop corn brainless movie, but at least we expect some sort of decent screenplay and coherence. This movie has none.
The screenplay is a mess. It's a shame to witness Sam Sheppard and Tate Donovan doing absolutely nothing in three minutes of screen time at best...Travolta is at his usual bad performance, the guy is becoming a joke in the movie industry (altough earning a lot of money).
Berry's part is also astonishingly stupid for an Oscar winner.
3.0 out of 5 stars Catch the Swordfish, it's good,
"SwordFish" is far from perfect, but it isn't that bad. Hugh Jackman is a relesed from prison for computor hacking. He is approached by Halle Barry and John Travolta to do one last hack. In exchange, they will help Jackman get custody of his daughter. Ok, the plot is no where near believable, but it is fast, exciting and fun. The computor science isn't very accurate, but you can look past that. The crime in question is so brilliant, it can't be possable. So, with plot and story so silly, what holds this together? What else; John Travolta in another scene chewing performance as a character who isn't who or what you think he is. He is funny, frightning, and a little sad. Jackman is totally likeable as a man doing everything for his daughter. And there is Halle Barry's infamous nude scene is was blown way out of proportion. But like I said, it's a roller coaster ride that's over before you know it, which is probably a good thing.
4.0 out of 5 stars Intense Action - Intriguing Plot,
Swordfish has so many twists that you don't know who is going what and who is telling the truth. The casting was great. Hugh Jackman is lost in all of the confusion. Who are these guys he has been hired by, criminals, drug dealers or related to the Government as they say they are?
Most interesting and intense is the scene in the bank. The movie begins with that scene and flashes back to the events that eventually get back to the bank. It is a very well done. It made wonder, there is an explosion, a very large one, it made me wonder if that is how explosions really are. Especially the ones of a murder bomber type.
Travolta does a good job as the leader of the group, and Halley Barry seems to do a good job, a little silly at times. There is one scene that really was not worth being in there of a sexual nature.....however, such are our movies today.
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Swordfish [Blu-ray] by Dominic Sena (Blu-ray - 2006)
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