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Swordfish - 9/5/2006 11:05:36 AM   
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Halle berry (tongue hanging out) - 9/5/2006 11:05:36 AM   
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Good action with great CGI and good twists.

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RE: Halle berry (tongue hanging out) - 9/5/2006 6:49:07 PM   
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I thought it was very cool. Travolta was interesting, and the music throughout was awesome. Some very good ideas initially, and well followed through with some great cinematography and use of CGI, and I was a little baffled as to the lack of interest at release. I think it had something to do with 9/11? Surely the beef should have happened years ago then...

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RE: Halle berry (tongue hanging out) - 9/5/2006 8:56:00 PM   
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Good action with great CGI and good breasts-i mean twists.


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RE: Halle berry (tongue hanging out) - 9/5/2006 9:43:18 PM   
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Entertaining but nothing worth remembering.
3(just about)/5.

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RE: Swordfish - 9/5/2006 10:43:36 PM   
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Good fun film!  cool action, some good one liners and one of the best explosions I have ever seen in a film!  Shame they pulled it from cinemas straight after 9/11!

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Slick, stylish & entertaining, but a bit confusing. - 15/2/2008 6:20:54 PM   
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One of the coolest movies ever. - 16/5/2008 11:44:38 PM   
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A Great Movie. With one of the most memorable openings ever. With cool twist and original screenplay. Highly recommended.

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- 16/9/2008 12:49:43 PM   
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It's abit like "Hackers" has been thrown at a tactless version of "The Usual Suspects"! Worth a watch, but won't be returning to it over and over again!

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High On Action And Known Stars. - 14/5/2009 6:03:07 PM   
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Swordfish is a excellent movie, the first ten minutes are intense and you know you are in for a ride for ninety minutes. The story is Stanley is fresh out of jail from his hacking into computers, not allowed to visit his daughter and stuck in a dead-end job. When Ginger arrives, she offers him a second chance of seeing his daughter by meeting Gabriel but he soon realises that both of them arren't what they seem and must surrive through this. It's a gripping movie, it has themes from The Matrix like the hacking and the music but without having a confusing plot. The stars are brilliant in this, John Travolta being a great bad guy, Hugh Jackman oozing charsmia after his excellent pefomance as Wolverine in X-men and Halle Berry was okay also. I don't understand the negative reviews about this, it has loads of actions and tons of twists to make you guled to your seats. Highly recomemended to see, worthy four stars.

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Truly awful - 22/7/2010 7:00:02 PM   
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Swordfish - the creatures - filter their own waste through their entire bodies. Swordfish - the movie - doesn't even bother to dilute the mire.

The promising opening few minutes make matters worse as the catastrpohe which follows is a cosmic disappointment. Shocking, wooden performances - Vinnie Jones taking the title for Most Pointless Scene In A Movie Ever - what in the name of Godzilla's balls was that rocket launcher/suppository line all about? That said, the entire film is a haphazard collection of overstyled, poorly written vignettes - masquerading behing pseudo techno waffle and a cracking pair of breasts.

The plot is straight from a How To guide on 'Confusing Americans' - the 'twist' carried neither gravity nor surprise as the enitre movie before it nurtured no interest whatsoever in its utterly unbelievable characters.

Trying to combine elements of Mission Impossibe, The Matrix, Die Hard and The Usual Suspects and obviously succeeding. A serious failure, on the other hand to make that combination remotely palatable.

Awful.

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Cracking Stuff! - 6/10/2010 11:59:29 PM   
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Utter nonsense, unsurprisingly; but one great thrill-ride. It's one of those films, like Face-Off, that requires a total suspension of belief and a willingness to just be entertained. There's nothing cerebral here, and no 'message', except that a little escapism now and then is nothing less than essential.

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RE: Cracking Stuff! - 10/4/2013 9:26:28 PM   
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Swordfish (2001)

SPOILER WARNING!

Possibly the stupidest movie title ever? we do find out why during the film but still. Possibly the stupidest look for Travolta? the most camp hairdo? gotta be contenders huh.

This film is basically about hacking computers, stealing lots of money and transferring it here there and everywhere in a flurry of slick sexy sequences. That's pretty much it, Travolta's character tells us its all in the name of national security and for US protection against terrorism, which it does seem to be. So this begs the question why is Travolta and his goons made out to be bad guys when they're working for the US government and hitting back at dangerous terrorists?. The FBI finds out about the operation, OK its a dodgy op but what's wrong with it?.

Apart from being very much like an ensemble Bond flick the film actually offers a few interesting insights. Halle Berry's first topless scene is the big one (no pun intended), doesn't really add anything to the film and feels pointless but its there. This was only Vinnie Jones second major Hollywood film and again he has very little to say, still weird to see him in a Hollywood film at the time though. Only Jackman's second Hollywood action film also, after 'X-Men'. This was one of the earlier films for Cheadle which started to push him further into bigger action films. Likewise this was a film within a string of action films for Travolta that all kicked off after success with a certain Tarantino film.

A bland film really with little to show, the action is impressive but doesn't feel required. It also seems way way over the top just for the sake of it. The plot doesn't really make much sense, its simple yet made out to be grand and complex with lots of tech talk and government plots. Thing is you can see right through it, its just an action film with too many big stars that are knee deep in makeup. An odd collection of stars too, none of them really gel together.

I really got the impression that certain scenes and stunts are in there just to keep you the audience interested, as none of it serves the plot. At the start where Travolta's character is doing his own little 'Tarantino-esq' bit of dialog, Berry topless as said before, Jackman's character getting a blow job whilst trying to crack a code, sexy ladies asses on display, a car chase where Travolta uses an M60 machine gun (I think) etc...The story could be told without all that.

Its like a compilation of sexy smooth cool sequences which is assumed people will like. The actual plot and character development seems to have been added afterwards as an afterthought.

The finale typifies how the director tries to make this out to be a clever film. Travolta's character seemingly escapes in a chopper but gets blown to kingdom come by a rocket launcher. We then discover that a body double was in the chopper and 'Gabriel' tricked everyone. But how did 'Gabriel' know his chopper would get shot down? what if Jackman's character didn't use the rocket launcher? he didn't have to, he may not even of thought of it seeing as the weapon was back on the bus.

That was the clever twist the film had been building up to! that and another which wasn't exactly groundbreaking. So really the bad guys entire dastardly plan seemed to hinge on whether or not the good guy would use a particular weapon at a particular time, that's some good crystal ball skills right there.


5/10

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RE: Swordfish - 6/5/2013 10:12:26 AM   
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Great story. Great characters. Great movie. Great Halle berry.

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