Armed men hijack a New York City subway train, holding the passengers hostage in return for a ransom, and turning an ordinary day's work for dispatcher Walter Garber into a face-off with the mastermind behind the crime.
To foil an extortion plot, an FBI agent undergoes a face-transplant surgery and assumes the identity and physical appearance of a ruthless terrorist, but the plan backfires when the same criminal impersonates the cop with the same method.
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. Written by
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When Gabriel is recruiting Stanley he mentions "Vernam encryption." In real life Gilbert Vernam worked to Bell labs in the early 1900s and patented a special cipher that was eventually proved to be "uncrackable." See more »
When the computer shows money being transferred into banks all over the world, one of the destinations in South America is spelled "Columbia". The South American country is spelled "Colombia". Additionally, the location on the map is too far to the east to actually be in Colombia - it looks more like the middle of Brazil. See more »
You know what the problem with Hollywood is? They make shit. Unbelievable, unremarkable shit. Now I'm not some grungy wannabe filmmaker that's searching for existentialism through a haze of bong smoke or something. No, it's easy to pick apart bad acting, short-sighted directing, and a purely moronic stringing together of words that many of the studios term as "prose". No, I'm talking about the lack of realism. Realism; not a pervasive element in today's modern American cinematic ...
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The last credit reads "Final Password: Vernam", which is part of the website game. (See Trivia). A Vernam cypher is a method of encrypting a message. See more »
The publicity surrounding Swordfish centered around Halle Berry's first nude scene; forget about it. She is sitting at a pool lounge, reading a book, when a guy asks her for car keys. She lowers the book to reveal her uncovered breasts for a few seconds; I'll give the pair a firm(pun intended) 9/10. Unfortunately, that is the highlight of the film. John Travolta and Hugh Jackman are near a building with a SWAT team following them and a hostage with a bomb with ball bearings strapped to her. They explode, killing several people.
Four days earlier, Stan(Jackman), a hacker, out on parole for planting a virus into an FBI computer. He is forbidden from using a computer. He live in a trailer, and is on the roof one day, swinging at golf balls, when Ginger(Berry in a mini skirt) shows up. She convinces him to meet her boss, Gabriel(Travolta). He meets him at a club and hacks into a government computer in 60 seconds with a gun pointed at his head. Gabe offers him ten million dollars to create a worm in order to steal 9.5 billion from a secret slush fund. The first half is good, but the last part is ridiculous, so I'll give it a 5/10 for Berry's boobies.
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