In the age of Joel Silver, and other producers who regard human lives as inferior and cheaper than technology, it's all about getting a computer expert aboard. Hugh Jackman plays this sort of genetically modified hero in Swordfish. He's a former world-class hacker - "the Zeitgeist of his time," says someone enviously - who's been in the pen and come out to find his ex-wife has married a porn moviemaker. He fears his little girl might be inducted into the bedroom action.
Mounted in breathlessly stylish fashion, with a great-looking cast enacting a series of intriguing but deliberately ambiguous scenes, Warner Bros. Brimming with action and intent on keeping the viewer guessing as to the true nature of its principal characters, this should be a muscular if not stellar mainstream performer internationally. Film starts by throwing a slow curveball sure to catch everyone off stride and one particularly ironic coming from a Hollywood studio film these days. With no ado, we see Travolta sitting in a coffee shop delivering a riff on movies. Gradually, the picture backs off from, and eventually fails to fulfill, these expectations, as it moves from cyberthriller space to more conventional action territory.
The first five minutes of Swordfish plays out like the wet dream of an angry film student. What Gabriel really wants is a bit of the old ultra-violence. All this proves that the angry film student wants to be part of the mainstream, too. Unsure of how to react — is this post-ironic or what? Swordfish then takes us four days earlier, to show us how Gabriel and his listeners Don Cheadle and Hugh Jackman reached their Tarantino moment.
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Review: Swordfish – Fanboy Planet
I suppose that says a lot about a society. The movie itself though was a modest money maker with ticket buyers and savaged by critics who straight up panned the movie as a waste of time, loaded with bad acting and transparent action. However, nearly twenty years on, how has it all stood the test of time? They have a proposition, one that would net Stanley ten million dollars if he does it right. Will he do it?
Reviewed by: Dr. Kenneth R. What is goodness and righteousness? The fact that the character being raped is male and that the sex is oral somehow made it not only okay with the audience I watched the film with in a north Philadelphia mall theater but vaguely exciting as well.
Swordfish is an unfortunate example of cinematic bait-and-switch. In execution, the hacker aspect of the film is a Maguffin, as director Dominic Sena Gone in 60 Seconds is much more concerned with car chases and deafening fireballs, human beings or logic be damned. They make shit. Stanley has already served prison time for previous hacker activities. He only agrees to help because he needs cash to fight a child custody battle.