Rogue DEA agent Gabriel is determined to get a hold of $9 billion in DEA money so that he can fight terrorism in his own way. Bringing in convicted hacker Stanley to break the encrypted government mainframe, Gabriel uses an intricate series of misdirection to execute his terrorist agenda.
John Travolta (Gabriel), Hugh Jackman (Stanley), Halle Berry (Ginger), Don Cheadle (Roberts), Sam Shepard (Reisman), Vinnie Jones (Marco), Drea de Matteo (Melissa0, Rudolf Martin (Torvalds), Zach Grenier (Joy).
Swordfish is an interestingly intricate action adventure flick that starts off pretty well. The storyline is developed early but with a plot parallel before blending the threads together. From there the pace picks up and the twists come fast and hard, as does the misdirection. The plot combined with the action keeps things moving along nicely to the end of the film which wraps up with good finish.
Acting was decent with Travolta delivering much better than would be expected from many of the bad reviews about his performance. Berry on the other hand received high reviews, probably for her long anticipated nudity, but didn't deliver as well as was expected. Jackman was entertaining though he felt slightly out of place. The remainder of the supporting cast did well.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were all solid and fit the film well. Effects were well done and supported the action nicely while providing some good entertainment. Dialogue was decent and helped explain the story, while sound and soundtrack were both enjoyable.
Overall Swordfish was a fairly fast paced action thriller that held attention well. If you like a solid crime action film with some nice twists this is a pretty good choice.
With plenty of violence, foul language, some nudity and sexuality save this one for the oldest teens and above.
Swordfish is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatres.
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