Directed by Dominic Sena
Starring: John Travolta, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Don Cheadle, Vinnie Jones, Camryn Grimes, Sam Shepard.
MPAA Rating: R for violence, language and some sexuality/nudity.

Review by Eugene Kopman <eugene@filmhead.com>
June 15, 2001

John Travolta makes his comeback after two bombs, Battlefield Earth and Lucky Numbers. Comeback accomplished. Not only is Swordfish a fun film, but it also has good performances and a plot that is twisted but interesting.

Travolta is Gabriel Shear, a super secret agent, who is either good or bad (this is a trend in this movie, you can't tell who's good and who's bad). Gabriel recruits Stanley Jobson (Hugh Jackman), the most dangerous computer hacker in the world who just got out of jail after 2 years. Gabriel sends his associate, Ginger (Halle Berry), to bring Stanley to him. Gabriel explains that there is $6 billion just lying around in banks and he needs Stanley to break the firewall encryption to get the money. In return, Stanley is promised to get back his daughter, Holly (Camryn Grimes), from his ex-wife, who now does porn.

This is not as easy as it seems; Stanley has FBI agent A.D. Roberts (Don Cheadle) watching his tail. Roberts was the one who originally arrested Stan and now follows him looking for a bigger fish: Gabriel.

You probably won't believe me when I tell you this, but this movie turns out to be patriotic. Also, I was happy that they didn't emphasize Halle Berry's first topless scene. All she was doing is sunbathing and reading a magazine. Stanley comes by, she puts the magazine down and there they are. I also enjoyed the action-packed direction of Dominic Sena, who did a better job with this film than with Gone in 60 Seconds. This was also a fun screenplay, with the best lines going to Travolta, but my favorite scene was Hugh Jackman sitting in front of a computer with 6 screens. You can see him get into it and make hacking and programming look like a true art. A fun movie with a good plot -- what else do you need for the summer?

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