Swordfish (2001)
Genre Action; Thriller; Crime
Studio Warner Bros.
Movie Release Date 2001
Country USA
Language English
Audience Rating R
Running Time 1 hr 39 mins
Format DVD
Color Color
IMDb Rating 6.2
John Travolta Gabriel Shear
Halle Berry Ginger
Don Cheadle Agent Roberts
Hugh Jackman Stanley Jobson
Vinnie Jones Marco
Sam Shepard Senator Reisman
Drea de Matteo Melissa
Rudolph Martin Axl Torvalds
Zach Grenier Assistant Director Joy
Camryn Grimes Holly
Rudolf Martin Axel Torvalds
Angelo Pagan Torres
Kirk B.R. Woller Lawyer
Laura Lane Helga
Director Dominic Sena
Writer Skip Woods
Producer Jonathan D. Krane
Producer Joel Silver
Producer Paul Winze
Producer Bruce Berman
Musician Andy Gray
Cinematography Paul Cameron
The sort of action thriller for which the phrase "high octane" could have been conceived, Swordfish stars John Travolta as Gabriel Shear, an enigmatic criminal operator who is as admired as he is feared. Using sexy sidekick Ginger (Halle Berry) as bait, he pressgangs Stanley Jobson, (Hugh Jackman) the world's greatest computer hacker, into helping him relieve the world banking system of a few billion dollars to finance his own enterprises. Jackman agrees, on the promise that Travolta will help him regain custody of his daughter.

The numerous explosions and set-piece exchanges of high calibre gunfire tend at times to blowholes in the narrative fabric and sense of Swordfish, a film that nonetheless engages through its extravagant silliness. Vinnie Jones is under-used as a fearsome minder, a close-up of Halle Berry's breasts isn't entirely integral to the plotline, while Travolta enjoys himself as the dapper ringmaster of this orgy of techno-chaos, especially in scenes in which he blasts away a brace of pursuing assassins with improbable aplomb and during his opening, Tarantino-esque monologue. By the end, he has shown himself in his apparently true colours in such a way that events of September 11, 2001--although made prior to them--lent the film an eerie sense of prescience. --David Stubbs

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Edition Details
Distributor Warner Home Video
Edition Special Edition
Barcode 085392132225
Region 1
Chapters 29
Release Date 28-Jan-02
Packaging Snap Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen 2.35:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Subtitles English; Spanish; French
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital 5.1
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1