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Gabriel Shear is a man whose ties seemingly reach deep into covert channels within the government. When Gabriel sets his sights on a hidden cache of funds accumulated in a Drug Enforcement Agency money-laundering scheme, code-named Swordfish, nothing will get in his way of stealing it.
Drama Action - Non-discriminating action fans should be pleased by the impressive
and elaborate set pieces in this thriller. If you require a bit
more of a plot, look elsewhere. Sex, nudity, and violence make the
film inappropriate for young children.
PROFANITY: Frequent use of strong profanity. SEX/NUDITY: Some sex, plus non-sexual nudity. VIOLENCE: Bloody shootings and assorted acts of violence. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Lots of alcohol and tobacco use. ACTION: Gunfights, chases, explosions. COMEDY: Limited to a wisecrack here and there.
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Review Good "...enjoyably corrupt and thrill drunk... A good movie?
Hardly. But more than enough to pass a dog day afternoon.''
James Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull
Review Good "Swordfish is escapist entertainment that requires a
significant level of suspended disbelief. The screenplay is silly and often
preposterous, but it's not dumb.''
Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-TimesFull
Review Above Average "S
wordfish looks like the result of a nasty explosion down at the Plot Works. It's
skillfully mounted and fitfully intriguing, but weaves such a tangled web that
at the end I defy anyone in the audience to explain the exact loyalties and
motives of the leading characters. Swordfish, to be sure, does have great
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
As expected, teens, especially males, enjoyed this movie the most. Adults, both male and female, rated it high, but not real high. There were also a fair number who rated it somewhat low (Good to Fair). What I suggest is that you be sure to read the detailed opinions. From them, I can see that the lower opinions were probably due to the high levels of profanity, sex/nudity and violence. If these things don't bother you or are things you look for in movies, then I can highly recommend "Swordfish." Otherwise, you may want to avoid this movie.
There exists a world within our world. A world beneath what we call
cyberspace. A world protected by firewalls, passwords and the most advanced
security systems. In this world we hide our deepest secrets, our most
incriminating information, and of course, a whole lot of money. This is the
world of Swordfish.
Gabriel Shear (JOHN TRAVOLTA), a charismatic and dangerous spy wanting to
finance his own brand of patriotism, needs to get inside this world. If he can
get in, billions in illegal government funds wait for the taking. To actually
steal the money, however, he'll need a superhacker, someone whose talents make
even the most airtight security systems of the world look like child's play.
That's where Stanley Jobson (HUGH JACKMAN) enters the picture. One of the
two best hackers on the planet, Stanley has been forbidden to get within 50
yards of the nearest electronics store after doing time for wreaking havoc on
the FBI's controversial high-tech cyber surveillance operations. Now Stanley
is living out his life in a broken-down trailer, penniless, alone and without
the one thing that gives his life meaning — his daughter Holly, whom he lost
in a divorce.
Gabriel and his beautiful partner Ginger (HALLE BERRY) lure Stanley into
their clandestine world, baiting him with the one thing he can't have — a
chance to reunite with Holly and start a new life. But once Stanley enters their
world, he realizes that nothing in this operation is what it seems and he has
become a pawn in a plot that's a lot more sinister than a high-tech bank