Swordfish
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When the DEA shut down its dummy corporation operation codenamed SWORDFISH in 1986 they had generated $400 million which they let sit around; fifteen years of compound interest has swelled it to $9.5 billion. A covert counter-terrorist unit called Black Cell headed by the duplicitious and suave Gabriel Shear wants the money to help finance their raise-the-stakes vengeance war against international terrorism but it's all locked away behind super-encryption. He brings in convicted hacker Stanley Jobson who only wants to see his daughter Holly again but can't afford the legal fees to slice into the government mainframes and get the money.Running Time: 99 min.System Requirements:Starring: John Travolta Hugh Jackman Halle Berry Don Cheadle Vinnie Jones and Sam Shepard. Directed By: Dominic Sena. Running Time: 99 Min. Color. This film is presented in "Widescreen" format. Copyright 2001 Warner Home Video.Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: ACTION/ADVENTURE/THRILLERS Rating: R UPC: 085392132225 Manufacturer No: 21322DVD

Swordfish is a superficial movie, so let's address the superficial facts: Halle Berry was well paid to bare her breasts in this gratuitous cyber-action thriller, and while Berry's many fans will enjoy a cheap drool at the actress's expense, her brief topless scene doesn't justify this insipid parade of glossy violence from the director of 2000's Gone in 60 Seconds. Add yet another notch in John Travolta's bad-movie belt, and you've got Hollywood bankruptcy in full blossom. Go ahead, marvel at director Dominic Sena's biggest money shot--a 360-degree pan as a robbery hostage is blown to bits by a bomb that pelts a surrounding SWAT squad with deadly ball bearings.

The plot, as if it matters: Travolta's a slick, self-appointed antiterrorist who recruits a top-flight computer hacker (Hugh Jackman) to transfer a $9.5 billion government slush fund into a cluster of secret accounts. Berry's the curvaceous bait who lures Jackman into the scheme; Don Cheadle's an FBI agent hot on their tails; and an obligatory subplot turns Jackman's daughter (Camryn Grimes) into an innocent bargaining chip. By the time a hostage transport bus is airlifted in the film's not-so-thrilling climax, Swordfish will hold your passive attention or put you to sleep--it all depends on your tolerance for Sena's brand of derivative bloodlust. It's pornography of a sort, and efficiently mechanical, but you can bet good money that Berry and her costars didn't cash their paychecks proudly. --Jeff Shannon

Customer Reviews:

  • First Viewing Was A 'Blast'
    John Travolta as "Gabriel Shear" was riveting as an anti-terrorist terrorist. The early explosion scene where people are flying sideways is awesome, particularly in the sound department if you have surround system. Oh, and yes, Halle Berry and her figure was on display in this film and quite a sight. Wowzer!

    Some of this script is a takeoff on Dog Day Afternoon, which Travolta's character re-enacts a role from that famous '70s film. "Shear" talks about that movie during the film.

    A few warnings: there is so much computer terminology that I was lost. However, if you find yourself in a similar spot, take heart because that that ends after that first 30 minutes and is no longer a problem. The film also has a strong left-wing bias (wow, what a shock), but it's still fun for at least one viewing. After that, it loses its appeal....more info
  • A Great Mix
    More action movies like this should be made. Outstanding cast. Travola at his best. It seems that he had a string of movies that established him as a super star. Too bad he is not making more....more info
  • "Log on. Hack in. Go anywhere. Steal everything"
    It seems to me that after "The Matrix" hundreds of movies came out trying to mimic the success of it. Either simply by creating slow motion sequences, or by actually establishing a "wana be" plot. Here in this mess of a movie we get a semi-interesting plot that is converted into an over glossed picture. Every scene in this movie looks like it was taken from "the matrix" not in the action so much, but rather in the picture quality. The frames and angles look very similar to it. Interestingly they add credits that also resemble "the matrix".

    In Swordfish we have Gabriel Shear (John Travolta) a terrorist/Bank Robber. Shear is interested in some weird way to help our nation maintain its cycle of war...to help somehow. I don't know it's weird. What I do know is that he needs a man named Stan (Hugh Jackman) to help him create a worm. This worm will be placed electronically inside a computer to steal 9,500 million dollars. Along with this we have undercover DEA agents, a custody battle and alot more filer to continue this mess.

    The issue here is that the plot is silly, that they try to make it interesting. The only way they knew how was to create similar contrast in picture quality to "the Matrix" even adding lines that sound like it come from there. In a scene, a character says "He exists in a world beyond your world. What we only fantasize, he does. He lives a life where nothing is beyond him. Ok... is it just me or this kind of sounds like "Morpheus". No?

    The plot could have been handled if they gave the audience some incentive on how exactly the hacking procedure works. Instead we see them clicking and clicking there keyboards over and over, accepting there cyber talk, which makes the viewer think the movie is somewhat smart...when in fact it isn't. The twist is so stupid...yeah sure, a little creative, but to far fetch. The twist was a manageable way to hide the irrelevant action scenes and stupid heist that barely makes any sence. Travolta however, as always, plays the baddie as we want him to. It's just feels as if they took a rotten apple and over shined it, so it could seem intelligent and creative...it's just a dumb tech action movie. Rent, not buy.

    MY PERSONAL RATING: 3 OUT OF 5
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  • Good Cliched Flick
    There has been many people that add the fact that there are parts that are completely unnecessarily (scene with Hally Barry anyone?) and some that are very cliche.

    Personally, I believe this to be true. But that adds to the charm of this movie. It's always changing, and never the same. Without spoiling any of the plot (to do that would be a waste of a great movie) some parts could of been done better, with a bit more editting, but overall, I would recommend this to anyone that is open minded and wants a good deep movie and not just another action movie. ...more info
  • Trying to be cool
    This is a seriously flawed movie. It so wants to be cool, but misses the target by a long way. Sure its fits the critera of a high octane movie, but it has no soul. That said, for its time (2001) its not without intelligence. The concept of external non-government privately run organisations in the U.S. being involved in taking out terrorists etc is now a virtual fact (Blackwater).

    Furthermore Travolta IS cool, especially in the riveting opening sequence. Halle Berry looks great and overall Hugh Jackman probably gives the best acting performance. But these plus points are spoilt by an over-reliance on car-chases, explosions and gun fights. This has all been done before and so much better, and with a lot more style. See Michael Mann's Heat for one.

    Overall then its an average, but hugely overblown blockbuster. If you like that sort of thing thats fine, and if its cheap you'll probably buy it. I would rent first... ...more info
  • "Swordfish" stinks
    Halle Berry appears topless in a scene for the first time, as you know. That is the only memorable thing from this movie, sorry to say. It gets caught up in its own hype and it never goes anywhere. The alternate endings are mildly interesting, but in the end, it's just another bad Travolta film....more info
  • Should get it!
    This is a movie that I just simply enjoy, what more can I say!

    Just get it!...more info
  • Having a bad hair day?
    Watching this movie makes you realise you will never have a bad hair day again, not compared to John Travolta anyway. Along with agreeing to be in more than his fair share of flop movies, his hair is dreadful. I think his wife should be sorting him out. In this, much like Pulp Fiction, he has an overly greasy bob - but he also has what looks like blonde highlights on top. Hello?! No, no, no. Shave it off and start again. Oh, I'm sorry, you've already done that and it looks worse?!

    This film has had more publicity about Halle Berry getting paid squillions for the flash of flesh than anything else. Frankly, not that impressed. She got paid how much for how little? Quite literally. Why guys drool, I have no idea. Anyone else think this was just for the guys, and to make guys go see it, considering there was so much publicity?

    Now onto the good points of the movie. Two words: Hugh Jackman. There's a fine speciman of a man. Apart from the hoop earring he sports in this. Again: no, no, no! I liked him as a Wolverine, and even have a poster of him up as Wolverine on my wall. And no, it's not just the leather that does it for me, as one guy suggested (unless he's willing to wear it, now there's an idea!), it's the whole look. I'm not keen on him in other films, he was alright in Van Helsing, but the hair was too long, and he was OK in this, just the earring. I'm very particular when it comes to my men. And was that a real tattoo?

    I found the storyline to be very complicated, although I managed to follow it just a little. I managed to understand what was going on. Look out for the absolutely stunning falling down a cliff scene - that blew me away!

    This film would not have worked with 9/11 and the recent London bombings 7/7, and was withdrawn from cinemas shortly after 9/11. There's mentions of terrorists, and scenes of exploding buildings, and the film in general will make you feel a little edgy due to this.

    Also look out for a number of stars in this: Tate Donovan appears (and dies); Vinnie Jones is thankfully silent nearly all the way through; Drea de Matteo (Joey's sister Gina) in a blink-and-you'll-think-you-saw-a-familiar-face-role and also, Ann, Sam & Margaret Travolta appear as hostages in scenes. Although you have to read the cast listing to find that out.

    This was quite an entertaining little film, and nearly made it to being a four-star review, just Halle Berry was unnecessary in this film, apart from being there to entertain the guys....more info
  • Not that many reasons to see this movie
    Well, if you want to see Hale Berry (...), watch this! It's a brief and pointless scene. If you want to see John Travolta drive a frickin' sweet car, watch this! If you want to see some cool and memorable visuals and scenes, watch this!
    But besides that, this movie was bad. The movie was just plain weird, confusing and...weird! But, the director was smart, show Hale Berry (...) and you'll get some men to go see it and maybe even buy it! Oh, and what's that? Add an awesome car that I want to buy even though I can't, well that's cool. By the way, the car is a Tuscan and it's sweet. But, if you want to check out that car, buy Project Gotham Racing 1 or 2 and you can drive it or buy it if you're RICH! Oh, and if you want to chexk out Hale Berry, I think that Monster's Ball shows some stuff but I never saw it! So, just stay away from this movie!...more info
  • Bloated...
    Early in the film, Travolta's character gives this little speech:

    "You know what the problem with Hollywood is? They make sh*t. Unbelievable, unremarkable sh*t...I'm talking about the lack of realism. Realism. Not a pervasive element in today's modern American cinematic vision."

    After watching the additional material at the end of the movie it became perfectly clear that my assessment of the movie while watching it ('what a waste of celluloid') was on the money. The producer, commenting on the escape scene at the end, noted that they were trying to do something that no one else had done before in an ending.

    Wait 'til you see it. How in God's name would criminals escape like that? Realism? Spare me. It makes for some fancy special effects (that are just a bit too reminiscent of The Matrix) but it's ridiculous, so ridiculous as to not even be entertaining.

    Perhaps the best thing about the movie was its premise. But once the film starts rolling, it just meanders about seeking to shock the viewer with fancy stunts and dialogue. And its attempt to 'better' Dog Day Afternoon was a laugh.

    It's too high on its own sense of the spectacular and lacks substance. Travolta never quit gives the impression that he is as cool as he looks. Jackman's relationship with his daughter seems a bit contrived and Berry's role is pretty much as a prop. Don Cheadle is probably the best of the four on the box cover but the movie is a bit too puffed up on its own looks.

    We never care about any of the characters, not even the hostages. The special effects have all been done before and are basically pointless, kind of like kids breaking things to get some attention. Obviously, I was really disappointed. I can't say it's a waste of time but there are better ways to spend two hours.

    There is one redeeming feature about this film: the soundtrack. That, and you get to see Halle Berry naked.
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  • Lousy, dumb, stupid Travolta/Berry/Jackman movie
    Wow, this was one terrible movie. The gratuitous violence during the car chase was absolutely over-done. The shady characters were typical stereotype thugs. Travolta just was as bad (acting-wise) as he was in The Punisher. In fact, almost a cliche'd carbon-copy.

    Yeah, yeah, Halle Berry showed her great body to the detriment of some really sorry lines.

    Hugh Jackman - well I guess I couldn't get past Wolverine hacking into computer networks. The only time I paid any attention to Jackman was when he mentioned the DEC PDP-11; because I used to run that computer in the early 80's.

    Oh, and Sam Shepard, who played the Senator, really needs to change his one-dimensional characters he portrays in nearly every movie I've seen him in.

    Bad, bad movie, with too many predictable scenes. But these actors got paid, and that's all that really mattered. Heck, If I got paid for doing a lousy job at work, I [probably] wouldn't care either.....then again maybe NOT. ...more info
  • Jeff Shannon sucks.
    When I read the poorly written crybaby review Jeff Shannon used to inform potentially interested viewers I had to write my own review.

    IF YOU WANT A REAL REVIEW READ MINE!

    To start off the movie is far from dull. It's very clever, and very thrilling, with quite an interesting storyline. The first few scenes include intense explosions and a couple assassinations. The storyline is unlocked bit by bit throughout the movie and brings you into the lifestyle of an exceedingly apparent upper class club-goer who does a little robbery and/or terrorism in the efforts of anti-terrorism on the side. Blah blah blah. You get the picture; my point being it's an interesting movie through and through.

    The hangup this Shannon guy has about Halle Berry's tits is enough to make you sick. I don't recall so well but maybe others do. What was it, maybe 5 seconds... One scene? 5 seconds of a little Barry [...] action people! Who really cares!? To say slightly pornographic is a total overstatement. I entirely fail to see any integrity in Jeff Shannon's review.

    I definitely feel sorry for the women who have to put up with men who are afraid of [...]. I couldn't possibly care less if a movie has nudity in it or not but if a movie includes nudity I wont throw a fit about it. That's what the federal rating systems are for. 'Boohoo...' Yes we get it. Thanks Jeff, buddy ol' pal.

    Anyway I think most nudity adds a bit of realism to a movie. Movies are not about the nudity but don't try telling me you can walk through some of the wildest private clubs without seeing some nudity. Snap out of your stupidity and wake up to the real world. If at the end of the movie you still think it sucked well then you still got to see a slightly exposed Halle Barry. Good for you. Try not to lose sleep over it.

    It's a great movie and will have you guessing from beginning to end. Pay close attention to the script and maybe put to use at least half of your brain and by the end you'll have enjoyed yourself to a well portrayed and well written movie. I have no doubt you'll want to watch it again.

    WAIT! I do have one complaint... Ahem... Ladies and gentleman Travolta does not act like he knows how to smoke or hold a cigar at all and his soul patch I could easily have done without. haha I had to say it. I love the long hair though! It worked great in Pulp Fiction. If you want, maybe take off a star but DON'T let it dissuade you from seeing the movie. It's a great movie! Travolta's soul patch I give 1 star, but the movie gets 5!

    Sorry Jeff. I think you are in dire need of rewriting your review. I tried to hold back from saying anything too offensive or any defamatory remarks. I think the amazon review was of poor taste. Hey Amazon, hire me! I could run circles around this guy!...more info
  • Not great, but entertaining
    I think I mainly liked this movie for the great blu-ray clarity and the fact that it wasn't your typical action movie. The picture is astonishingly clear and vivid through blu-ray conversion. John Travolta plays a fairly decent bad guy and the story has some twists that keep your attention. I thought the plot was rather ridiculous though, but definitely an original. The motive for the characters wasn't just for a lot of money, like every other boring action movie, but the actual use of the money was the motivation. Good guy needed money to get his daughter back, bad guy needed money for anti-terrorism in his own demented way. Nothing great, but overall, a fun movie to watch on blu-ray....more info
  • Meh
    Well, I'm seeing this movie about seven years after its premiere so that should tell you something. I'm pretty sure all the other reviewers have given a synopsis of the plot and storyline, so I won't rehash that. I will just share my opinions. For having such an all-star, big bucks cast, this movie was incredibly uninspired. None of the actors, except maybe Hugh, seemed to embrace the characters. When a movie has a thin, boring plot, typically the portrayals are all that's left in order for the audience to not feel cheated, but you could have taken aspiring theater majors and done the same thing. Travolta's character was an arrogant psychopath with an ugly goatee. He played the maniac much better in Face Off. Hugh, oh how I love Hugh Jackman, but he just simply wasn't believable as a hacker and even more so every time the camera showed him clicking keys.Halle...her part didn't add anything to the story. I remember all the press about her "first naked shots," and it was obviously a cheap ploy to get horny guys into the theaters. Don Cheadle, well I just expect that Don was in it for the payday. He has had much better roles.

    The twist at the end isn't really a twist when it's been done soooo many times before. It reminded me of so many movies: Speed, Mission Impossible 1& 2, The Thomas Crown Affair, etc.

    I had such high hopes too, b/c as everyone has said, the opening sequence was incredible. From John Travolta's monologue (was that prophetic or what?) to the 180-deg explosion. I thought we were in for a ride. Such a letdown. It was extra punishment as I try to watch movies til the end unless I really hate it or find it offensive. So I suffered through.

    So seven years later, I finally got to see what the hype was about, and it wasn't worth it. I would usually say a movie sucked, but for Swordfish, it seems like something you'll figure out about 30 minutes into it. I would only recommend Swordfish if you are bored or need background noise.
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  • Nice Movie
    I saw this movie in dvd but i got the bluray because i really like it.
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  • Your guess is as good as mine
    "Swordfish" wasn't as awful as I'd expected, judging from the poor box office performance along with the many critics who ranked it as one of the worst films of 2001.

    There was nowhere to go but up, really, as John Travolta himself lowers audience expectations during the film's first five minutes when his terrorist/counter-terrorist (huh?) character Gabriel Shear delivers a lengthy, Tarantino-esqe "Like-a-Virgin" opening monologue on the sorry state of current American cinema, and why a classic heist film like "Dog Day Afternoon" could never be made in today's world. For one thing, Shear says, if he had the chance to remake "Dog Day," the robbers would've gotten away at the end. From this point "Swordfish" dives unapologetically into the kind of explosion-filled bonanza you'd expect from producer Joel Silver ("Die Hard" "Commando" etc.).

    There are a lot of big names involved with this picture. I probably would've enjoyed watching lesser known actors go through all the chases, Matrix-style shootouts, and sexploitation, as I wouldn't have been distracted wondering about the embarrassment/paycheck ratio.

    Hugh Jackman plays Stanley, a super-hacker just released from prison on the condition he never touches another computer again. Halle Berry plays shame-proof flirt Ginger, a frequently scantily clad undercover DEA agent who recruits Stanley for Shear's robbery plan. (Note: Berry's much ballyhooed $$$$ poolside topless scene lasts all of five seconds.) In one of the film's goofiest moments, Ginger takes Stanley to meet Shear and his girls at a dance club where Stanley is given an "oral examination" at gunpoint to test his hacking abilities. (I guess this would be an amusing time to mention the director also did the remake of "Gone in 60 Seconds.")

    Don Cheadle plays Roberts, the FBI agent who originally arrested Stanley and is now tracking Shear. Sam Shepard makes an appearance as a corrupt Senator to finance his next play about his dad.

    About halfway through I got lost trying to follow the film's chaotic double/triple cross twists, frailly supported by Shears' smug musings on magic and misdirection, and decided to enjoy the film for the visceral thrills. "Swordfish" has two big action sequences -- a car chase near the middle of the film involving Stanley escorting a double-pistol toting Shears; and the more impressive finale, where Shears, Stanley and the hostages are in a city bus, chased by a long line of police cars. Shears tells Stanley he never liked the ending of "The Sugarland Express" and soon the bus is lifted off the ground by a transport helicopter, weaving in and out of skyscrapers, even smashing into a few windows for dramatic effect. Shwew!

    Also, if you enjoy seeing hostages tied up with C4 and ball-bearings blowing up city blocks in 360 degree slow motion camera sweeps, you'll definitely be entertained.
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  • DVD's
    John Travolta plays such different roles and this is one that you don't see very often. It has good acting and drama...more info
  • Best computer movie ever!
    Travolta and Mrs Berry. Thats all you should need to no. If your in to computers this is a must see. ...more info
  • Swordfish
    I have tried to download this for 11 days. The process stopped and re-started 4 times. do not use UNBOX VIDEO it is customer un-friendly and the support people can't even understand or speak English! It's quicker and easier to go to the video store and buy the movie!!!!!!!!! WARNING DO NOT USE THIS SERVICE IF YOU VALUE YOUR SANITY...more info
  • Kind of loses steam very quickly
    Even though it's used by a lot of reviewers, I have to use it too. The opening scene has John Travolta staring into the camera delivering a monologue about how Hollywood creates **** lately. He mentions that it would be great if the bad guy got away in the end, then later in the film he talks about Harry Houdini and misdirection. Oddly, this film was produced by Joel Silver, who I can list as a creator, or at least a deliverer, of said Hollywood ****. There's only 3 reasons really to watch this film, none of which have anything to do with the story, which shows you just how the film is.

    Stan is a talented hacker who's been down on his luck since being released from jail. Dead end job, unkempt trailer and denied rights to see his daughter. Well, an opportunity comes when a woman, Ginger, offers him money to meet with a man. That man, Gabriel, is incredibly wealthy and will pay him 10 million dollars to create a computer virus that'll net him near 10 billion dollars. Of course, it doesn't help that the feds are after both of them

    Those 3 reasons? Well, the first is an incredibly awesome looking shot where we get a 180 slow motion pan (it is NOT a full 360) after an explosion goes off and we see it's aftermath. While the full version of the X-Men Last Stand shot found in the special features looks better, this is just as great. The other is at the end where a helicopter flies a bus all over the city and smacking into buildings while the 3rd is of course a nude sunbathing Halle Berry which apparently she was paid a handsome sum of money for each breast shown. However, that's kind of where the good parts end.

    The biggest problem is that it's an action movie based on the lowest common denominator. It's super-stylized and sleek and has some pretty big sequences but that's it. Some action films like Die Hard inexplicably hold up on repeated viewings. Here, after the first watch, you've probably experienced all you're going to see. They add in the daughter subplot which isn't as developed as it should be but it did resonate with me. The film does have its fan but it's hard for me to like something so....plastic.

    Should you buy it? I doubt it, unless you want a show-off disc for your home theatre, something that other films do infinitely better....more info
  • A Strong Cast, An Intense Movie
    Don Cheadle, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, and John Travolta star in this movie. Nice. Very nice. And what about the plot? It's there, and it's tight. This movie has an up front in your face style that doesn't let up for the entire length of the movie. You find yourself rooting for the bad guy because he's just so damn cool, but also rooting for Jackman's character because you want to see the good guy win. Riveting all the way to the end. Highly recommended....more info
  • A tour de force thriller!
    If not the best picture into this category in this year, at least should be included among the three most representative ones.

    Sparkling action with a lot of dynamism, clearly enrooted in the great tradition of the Noir films.

    Watch it carefully, there are many riddles to solve and many rivers to cross. 100% entertainment. Wonderful locations, mesmerizing stunts, admirable special effects, a very clever plot and respectable cast obligates us to consider absolutely recommendable. Don' t miss it.

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  • Counter-Terrorism a-Go-Go!
    Or, Blowing [expletive!]* up in Defense of Liberty is no Vice.

    Look: Stanley Jobson (Hugh Jackman, who has the greatest name in show biz) is an underemployed former uber-hacker who spent some time in the pen and squirms under the Mother of All Restraining Orders, forbidding him any quality time with his adorable little daughter, now the step-child of a California Porn-King (those Kali divorce courts, man, I tell ya!).

    Given that he bats golfballs off the top of his stinky trailer, situated in what looks to be a combo nuclear waste-dump/oil refinery/Hellhole, it doesn't take Hugh a lotta thinkin' to consider hopping back on the Hackery Horse, especially when the offer is ONE-HUNDRED-THOUSAND Iron Men, just for a meeting with his prospective Boss, the mysterious Gabriel (John Travolta & a Moustache).

    It doesn't hurt negotiations that Halle Berry (Ginger, but you knew that) shows up to do the, um, negotiating. Let's cut this short: Gabriel & his Moustachio want Jackman to dump a cyber-worm, a vicious little buggy program, into the cybernetic spine of a series of DEA bank accounts (you don't need to know), looting, raping, burning and pillaging about 10 billion bucks from Uncle Sam. Hugh lets his tappity-tapping fingers do the walking.

    That's not really why you see "Swordfish", though: this sick, nihilistic little sliver of cinematic Jagermeister is, to me, Happiness Incarnate, a film I can watch a zillion times and love all the more.

    Why? Because director Dominic Sena & Uber-Producer Joel Silver get it: I go to flicks because I want to see John Travolta (& freaky chin-stache) ripping out their SAW and taking down military black-ops guys while speeding down Wilshire Boulevard in a street-illegal Tuscan TVR-S. Yeah!

    Because they know I want to see Halle Berry shimmy it down to a wire & a G-string, and mebbe a magazine, dropped at the best possible moment. Because I want to see [expletive!] blow up. Because I wanna see helicopters, and police troopers in riot gear, and villainous cigar-chomping US Senators (courtesy, thank you very much, of Sam Shephard, who chomps and plots with the best of them) and little nasty steel ball bearings ripping through all of God's Green Creation, because when I go to an action flick I wanna see action, dammit!

    And because I wanna see Travolta in some weird Chin-Fu moustachio & a beret. Oh, and did I mention Travolta spends time a) kicking [naughty word] and b) taking names? And he really doesn't get around to taking names because he's totally swamped kicking [censored!]?

    There's also a kind of admirable ethos at work here---to say any more would spoil your fun---and it's always a joy to see a little Termination, with Extreme Prejudice, employed in the service of God and Country.

    Dominic Sena delivers: lots of [naughty word] blows up, Halle Berry lets it all hang out, Travolta tears around town in a bunch of exotics, smokes stogies, unloads whupa$$ with a fully-loaded-for-bear SAW, and spends quality time with his funky chin-moustachio. Oh, and someone gets bored enough to park a city bus atop an El A skyscraper.Catch and release in this stream, baby? Not a chance.

    JSG

    *once upon a time you could use adult language on Amazon. No longer. As a result, this review has been self-censored, and as such its Lame-O-Meter factor has increased by a [bleep] of a lot.

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  • Amazing on HD-DVD!
    I was able to do an A and B comparison of Swordfish on DVD and HD-DVD by switching from one to the other on my TV.

    The DVD's colours were off. There was too much green and blue in the picture and not enough red, which made the whole movie over saturated with those colours and gave flesh tones an unrealistic look. Colour bleeding was also evident on certain scenes. Futhermore, the image was soft and blurred. The soundtrack was good but seemed to lack an umph feel to it.

    Switching to HD-DVD, what a difference Colours are accurate, flesh tones are natural and there is no evidence of colour bleeding. The image was very sharp and this was with the sharpness on my TV turned completely off. The Dolby Digital Plus track was bumpin'. It was extremely directional and powerful with my subwoofer getting a good workout.

    HD-DVD has arrived, and Swordfish does a great job showing off what HD-DVD can do....more info
  • Super Good Transfer
    Another great HDDVD transfer.Great color super tight resolution and great audio.Halle Berry looks super tight too....hahaaaaa......more info
  • It's all about Halle Berry...
    A very good film, Swordfish, brings to the screen the story of hacker who is hired by the underworld to break a bank code resulting in the release of millions of dollars.
    Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry (who is GORGEOUS!), John Travolta and the rest of the cast, carry out their performances very well.
    The highlight of the movie has to be Halle Berry's nude scene at the pool.
    In short, the setting, the plot, the dialogues and the music are all wonderful!
    Swordfish is a movie definitely worth watching, as it will surely provide for an evening's entertainment!
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  • About the HD DVD version
    I'm not going to rehash the plot, just deliver the scoop on the HD DVD version.

    If you love surround sound and the new HDTV monitors capable of displaying a film in 1080i, SWORDFISH is a must-buy. The HDMI hookups pump amazing video quality and the sound separation is absolutely amazing.

    There's nothing here that you can't get on the DVD version -- unless you're geared for a true HD DVD experience. Then this movie delivers the goods in spades. So far, a lot of the HD DVD releases don't improve on what's already out there, but SWORDFISH really allows the video and audiophile to make great use of his systems....more info
  • IS THIS EVEN WORTH REVIEWING, OH YEAH, HALLE BERR'Y IN IT
    There is 1 reason for you. This is a movie about a guy who is a really crazy big-time bank robber who like to go out and hae gunfights in his snazzy car.

    Nothing works for me in this movie except hugh jackmon, and halle berry of course. His character does have a lot of good backround elements about him. But the way they use him and his family was just stupid, just like evrything else in the movie, except for halle berry. I wish that this movie had it's finer points, well I guess there are 2 pretty good scenes with halle berry, one more pleasing than the other. But the stunts were the stupidest thing. You can tell what this movie was supposed to be about, halle berry,but besides that this is just a movie where a bus is being helicoptered all over the city. I had heard about this when it came out and it didn't intrigue me at all, but then my friend told me that this is halle's berry best movie and I had to go see it. So he wasn't lying, it is my favorite role that she has ever played, but the stunts and whole bank robbery thing was just retarded.

    I can't remember if I brought up halle berry in this review yet so I would like to take the oppurtunity right now to say I love you halle berry and just give me a call sometime....more info
  • Never a Boring Moment
    This is a very action packed movie. Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman and John Travolta are great, as always. Strong violence and sexual content....more info
  • "You know what the problem with America is..."
    I will admitt that this movie does serve up quite a bit of confusion, I mean it took me a few watch throughs to understand some of it, but once I got it I knew I really liked it. The direction of this film is eye catching and the acting is great, Travolta just blowing you mind as a top-notch baddie. Travolta plays Gabrial, a self proclaimed anti-terrorist who hires Stan (Jackman) to hack into some mainframe and steal 9.5 billion dollars that the government isn't using in order to fund his war against terrorism. Berry is the bait sent to lure the hacker. The FBI though are hot on their tails, the team headed by Don Cheadle who is such a scene stealing actor that he ends up being the most memerable charactor. The conclution is great, the graphics are insane and Travolta just commands your attention. He's nuts. I'd recommend the film because it was different and unlike anything you'll ever see....more info