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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2600 'The Hacker Quarterly' magazine was approached by Warner Bros. for permission to use their magazine and name in the film. WB was suing 2600 at the time for linking to the DVD deciphering program DeCSS. The magazine said no. See more »
The headrest in Stanley's car changes position when he drops his daughter off. 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 »
This was a decent action movie with a strong cast with the likes of John Travolta, Don Cheadle, Halle Berry, and Hugh Jackman. Travolta comes across as unconvincing in the role he plays, and sometimes he rushes through important scenes in the movie. Berry is decent as Ginger, his assistant and a secret DEA agent. Her nude scene was nice too. Jackman gives a good performance, and had me believing that he was a criminal hacker. Cheadle plays almost the same type of role he played in Traffic, but this time he's an even bigger jerk. The action scenes are good, sometimes very exciting. If you like to see an intelligent action film, this is for you. If you like to see the beautiful Halle Berry show off her perfect body, then this is the movie for you.
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