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Swordfish [Blu-ray]
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on April 7, 2003
Yes, I was a sucker (no pun intended) for that famous topless scene, but CTPB, Halle was NOT paid extra bucks to do it. It was simply a part of the character she played, as she asserts at her website. She does talk more about it in some of the supplemental trailers (including 2 hidden ones--depending on how your DVD player works you can search for titles 12 & 14). One of the trailers is as long as the movie itself; as the movie plays from start to finish, the director comments on how various scenes were shot & why they were shot the way they were. His perspective on the topless scene: Halle agreed to do it because her character would "get the upper hand" by turning the embarrassment around on Hugh Jackman's character, who would then get disoriented & bump into a chair.
At any rate, why all the "hoopla over the boobla," as another reviewer put it? This is already an R movie for all the shootings & things blowing up, so its makers might as well be hanged for a sheep as a lamb. Besides, Kate Winslet bared all in "Titanic" while posing for a painting, & that movie is PG-13! As long as Halle is comfy doing such a scene, I say go for it!
Of course there was also that underwear/wire/gun scene, which I loved also. Plus the unorthodox plot where you can't tell whether Hugh Jackman is the good guy & John Travolta the bad guy or vice versa. Even the timing of this movie is interesting--it came out only a few months before 9/11.
Controversy often drives people's interest in a movie (or, for that matter, a book or audio CD or whatever) up instead of down, & that sure was the case with me. Congrats, Halle, on a job well done--again, if you're comfy with it, do it!
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on April 7, 2003
Yes, I was a sucker (no pun intended) for that famous topless scene, but CTPB, Halle was NOT paid extra bucks to do it. It was simply a part of the character she played, as she asserts at her website. She does talk more about it in some of the supplemental trailers (including 2 hidden ones--depending on how your DVD player works you can search for titles 12 & 14). One of the trailers is as long as the movie itself; as the movie plays from start to finish, the director comments on how various scenes were shot & why they were shot the way they were. His perspective on the topless scene: Halle agreed to do it because her character would "get the upper hand" by turning the embarrassment around on Hugh Jackman's character, who would then get disoriented & bump into a chair.
At any rate, why all the "hoopla over the boobla," as another reviewer put it? This is already an R movie for all the shootings & things blowing up, so its makers might as well be hanged for a sheep as a lamb. Besides, Kate Winslet bared all for an art-posing scene in "Titanic," & that movie is PG-13! As long as Halle is comfy doing such a scene, I say go for it!
Of course there was that underwear/wire/gun scene, which I loved also. Plus the unorthodox plot where you can't tell whether Hugh Jackman is the good guy & John Travolta the bad guy or vice versa. Even the timing of this movie is interesting--it came out only a few months before 9/11.
Controversy often drives people's interest in a movie (or, for that matter, a book or audio CD or whatever) up instead of down, & that sure was the case with me. Congrats, Halle, on a job well done--again, if you're comfy with it, do it!
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on August 1, 2002
I truly can understand other reviewers negative comments about this film. Unfortunately, the film industry has been putting out heaps of [stuff] like "The Fast and the Furious" and "XXX". However, unlike those movies, Swordfish isn't a [poor] teen flick that makes you feel retarded after watching it. I mean, this film has some definitely interesting ideas about dealing with terrorism. Ironically, made before 9/11, Swordfish involves a black ops agent who acquires the help of a hacker who's down on his luck. Mayhem soon follows as Hugh Jackman's character realizes the kind of mess he's gotten himself into. I gave this film 5 stars because I actually apprecieted the fact that the characters were comprised of thirty something actors. These days, Hollywood tries too freaking much to appeal to teenagers by having films featuring meat heads like Vin Disel. Plus, in a wierd way, this movie stands out for me since there's sort of no real qoute on qoute "bad guy" in this film. The director of Swordfish also did the incredibly awful "Gone in 60 Seconds". However, he definitely makes up for it with this movie. Take the time to watch Swordfish, for an action flick, it definitely has some interesting views about such important topics like global terrorism, which is something that's lacking in today's films.
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on January 28, 2002
If I had gone to the video store with my boyfriend, I would have vetoed this movie.
As luck would have it, he had already rented it and thus he had to listen to me whine about how this movie got bombed by the critics. Right before we started watching the movie, he reminded me I've liked a lot of movies that the critics have hated in the past.
I hate it when he's right! You can add this movie to that list of movies that I ended up liking despite all the bad reviews. First of all, let's get the pooh-pooh stuff out of the way. Yes, the plot has holes in it. Yes, Halle Berry's nude scene was VERY gratuitous as even an average moviegoer like me could tell that it was nudity for the sake of nudity with no purpose in the movie's plot. But then again, one does not go to see action movies for plot, they go to see action and in that category, this movie delivers!
I loved that blow up scene! I've never seen anything like it before. That amazing bit of chaos is shown at the beginning of the movie and another view of it near the end of the movie. That is one of two reasons to go see Swordfish if nothing else.
Hugh Jackman is the other reason to go see this movie. After I saw this movie, I went to see Kate and Leopold ONLY because he was in that movie! I wasn't too crazy about his hair-do in Swordfish and that's the most negative thing I can say about Hugh and the character he played. ( LOL) He's a great actor and he played a very convincing hero. A hero who just got out of prison? Yup, he went to jail for stealing money so he could afford to get another trial to get custody of his daughter from his drugged out, child neglecting ex who is living with a porn filmmaker! (What kind of Judge would allow a child to reside with a Porn King?) Yes, he's the hero with the heart of gold and good intentions but less than virtuous people surround him and tempt him. And he worms himself into every woman's heart with his vigilance to make sure that his daughter gets the life that she deserves. Nothing warms my heart more than seeing a devoted father risking any and all for his child.
This movie got a hold of me from the very first scene and didn't let go until the end. John Travolta looked cool as a cucumber through out the movie and was convincing enough as a too suave villian. This movie is obviously no Oscar contender as most action films rarely ever are but if you're looking for a non-cerebral action movie to pump your blood, you'll be in good hands with Swordfish as it has plenty of action all around and Jack is easy on the eye for the women and Halle for the men. It's definitely worth the rental price.
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on December 29, 2001
I saw this movie with my friend and his dad. His dad is really critical about movies and stuff like that. I was very surprised to hear that he really enjoyed it. I on the other hand, heard great things about this movie from other people and was looking forward to seeing it. I was not disapointed. The movie had some great actors such as Hugh Jackman from XMEN and Don Cheadle who did an incredible job in Traffic. Now I have to admit John Travolta is someone who I do not really like as actor. That is probably because I haven't seen many of his movies. I'll tell you one thing though: He was amazing in this movie. He delivered a performance you won't forget and his character'spersonality was one that was so unique I had to question myself with his interesting being. Now comes Halle Berry. Now I also admit that I was looking forward to the scenes with Halle Berry bearing her body. But, she is an incredible actor too and she deserves credit for the good job she did in this movie. Overall, this movie was confusing in some parts but then again, most movies are. All movies have the potential of being viewed twice and then you will full understand the movie. Swordfish is a great movie with anyone interested in the world of hacking, terrorism (not the best time in the world to say that word sry), and illusions (you will understand once you see the movie HOUDINI IS MY BRO!). I highly recommend seeing this movie. After all, a great story, with great actors, and some scenes that will make you jump, how can you miss? Hehe, just kidding.
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on December 19, 2001
Let me reaffirm what another reviewer said: Don't the so-called professional critics scare you off this movie IF you like lots of action, sex ..., adventure, a few plot turns and more than a few explosions. If that is your bag, though, Swordfish is certainly a movie worth checking out.
The plot is startlingly simple, but takes a while to get developed. Travolta is fine as a smooth, in-control antiterrorist agent. He somehow has Halle Berry (Lord have mercy, she is fine!) Help him recruit the greatest computer hacker in the known world. Their scheme is to transfer a cool ten million bucks which found its way into secret government accounts to Travolta's own end.
...I found the climax and the plot turns to be satisfying and it certainly was not my "passive attention which was held. And I don't care if the computer scenes were somehowy "unrealistic", because I was still wowed by the opening scene at the bank with the hostage-turned-into-a-claymore-mine.
This is a movie that is certainly entertaining. If I need to be more intellectually challenged, I will read some Einstein.
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on December 13, 2001
First of all, don't listen to me. In fact, don't listen to anyone when it comes to this movie. It's one of those that you will either love or hate, there is no in-between. The best thing to do is just see it for yourself and develop your own opinion on it.
Now, if you decide to listen to me after all, here is my review.
I'll be honest, when it came out on video, I had never heard of it. When it was mentioned to me by a friend, I thought it sounded like some cheesy, Steven Segal movie, so I was hesitant to rent it, but I went ahead and got.
The opening scene is very misleading. It starts out with John Travolta's character talking about movies. It's kind of slow and if you've seen Get Shorty, you start to wonder if this is what it's going to be like. This theory is proven wrong not one minute later. It catches your attention from the beginning and holds it until the very end. To say you saw what was coming is very misleading but that's exactly what this movie is. Misleading. It leads the viewer in one direction, then does a 180, curses along for a while at 75 MPH, then reverses 10 feet and goes left. The ending is a classic, ending in an unconventional chase sequence that will leave you breathless. All in all, I would say it is the best movie I have seen in a very long time. One of Mr. Travolta's best. And Halle Berry wasn't too bad herself. ;)
But, as I said, don't listen to me. Go out and see it for yourself.
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on December 9, 2001
I let all the critics scare me away from Swordfish. It sounded like a movie to avoid: boring, inept & predictable. One of my friends came over the other night and we decided we didn't have anything better to do than to check out this supposed dullard of a flick. WOW! Popped it in and I was blown away.
I don't know, maybe some people like movies of an intellectual bent where you get your brain all twisted around and have some warm touchy-feely thing going on and some ambiguous moral lesson to be learned and inevitably end up thoroughly confused amidst a maze of modern theatrical art. Not me. I want a movie that gets me so excited I spill my popcorn all over the couch dodging the bullets that fly across the screen. I want a movie that will keep me from pausing and running to the restroom no matter how much discomfort I am in because I just can't find a good stopping point.
That's what Swordfish is like. I'm not sure what movie the critics watched, but it's almost like it wasn't this one. Sure the hacking was "cinematic" not "realistic." Sure the action was over the top. Sure the characters weren't "deep." Sure we had some gratuitous sex and violence. Hey, that's what I payed for. Call me bad, call me crazy, look down on me, but this is my kinda medicine for a bad week. If I want to get a headache from some sort of intellectual pursuit, I'll do that where I get paid to. When I plop down money for a movie, I want to let my brain relax and get my adrenaline pumping. Swordfish more than delivers on that point.
John Travolta rocks, Halle Barry is sexy and all the actors put out wonderful performances. The effects will leave you numbed from their awesomeness, the soundtrack will pound you into oblivion, and you'll be taken on one wild ride.
If you don't like action, sex, adventure and lots of explosions, pass this one up. But if you do, Swordfish is the movie for you. Forget what the critics say. Let them have their "intelligent" movies. I'll take my dumb fun any day over that.
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on November 28, 2001
I saw this in the theaters and I was hooked from start to finish;it's John Travolta's soild comeback from the pits of his massive stinkbomb Battlefield Earth.Here he is the bad guy Gabriel who,with the help of his sorta-gal pal Ginger(Halle Berry),gets a burnt-out computer wiz Stanley Jobson(Hugh Jackson)to try to hack 10 million bucks from a goverment slush fund called Operation Swordfish.There alot of twists and turns in the plot to keep you guessing to the ending credits.Halle is really sexy in her role as Ginger(where's Gillagan?)and Hugh proves he's a rookie actor to be reckoned with.And action?Well,there tons of that,the standouts being the 360-pan explosion and a an airlifted transport bus flying through L.A. It's a bit far-fetched,but hey its only a movie!This film was directed by Dominic Sena,who also directed one of my favorite action flicks 2000's Gone In 60 Seconds!Swordfish makes a very satisfying addition to your DVD collection. [WARNING:There's some stuff that may be too disturbing for viewers still shakened by the 9-11 terrorist attacks,like using people as deadly bombs to demolish an a entire town.If you are,I suggest you pass this one up for awhile.]
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on August 7, 2001
I felt I had to write this review because every other reviewer must have seen a different film to me. If you were expecting a great plot then you should never watch a hollywood film. Even starwars which as I recall was not to well treated by the reviewers has a weak plot but has gone down in history. For me the great thing about this film is not the overall plot but that for the first time there was a sense of realism. I have a PhD in chemistry and if you gave me the problem/job of getting the money I would do whatever it took 1 hostage, 2 or 100 I would not care as success would be all that mattered. There is a great line in the film when one of the hostages is blown up as the police attempt a rescue John Travolta says "that was not my dicision it was yours" (the police) and I agree. In this the hostage taker says what he will do if you do something, if you then take action that results in his/her death that was your dicision. The hostage taker just told you what he would do. Also in the film you never really no who is bad and good as Travolta does not play a terrorist as many reviews have said but a member of a black opps team who take pro-active measures against people who they consider to be a threat to the USA. To save millions they may have to kills a few hundred is this good or bad? ... The story is simple I need money to continue my course ie the 9.5 billion dollars to do this I need a good hacker then I do whatever it takes to get away. For me this film raises some interesting questions for one how far would you go to get what you want? To protect your country? How far is too far? Etc... This is a great film as there are no real good guys just people who know what they want and in that more like life. We all work for money don't we. See the film and judge for yourself.
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