DVD365.net
Swordfish (2001) artwork

Swordfish (2001)

17th January 2002

If a computer hacker can break into a US government slush fund then a $10 million dollar pay cheque awaits.
John Travolta, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Don Cheadle, Sam Shepard, Vinnie Jones, Drea de Matteo, Rudolf Martin, Zach Grenier
Crime, Action/Adventure, Suspense/Thriller
1
1 Hour 39 Minutes
Thank you for supporting DVD365.net when you order using the link(s) below.

Gabriel Shear is a top government agent with his own agenda. He runs an organisation that dishes out retribution to terrorists in their own countries. However, this requires large amounts of money to keep it running and there's a DEA computer with billions of dollars hidden in a slush fund. Unfortunately, the system is heavily encrypted and Gabriel is going to need the best hacker around to get his hands on the funds.

When his chosen hacker is intercepted by US immigration agents he approaches former hacker Stanley Jobson. Stanley has already been in trouble with the authorities and risks going to jail if he's ever caught using a computer again. He has a boring job and he can't afford the legal fees to get his daughter away from his ex-wife.

However, with the temptation of $10 million dollars and the chance to be will his daughter again it is a inducement just too hard to turn down. Gabriel only gives Stanley enough information, but the best equipment, to do the job. When Stanley is warned by the same FBI agent who caught him red handed in his last hacking venture, he begins to suspect that Gabriel is being more than economical with the truth and that he and his daughters life may be in danger.

The picture is bright and crisp with an above average bit-rate throughout the film. As the director mentions in his audio commentary, the film has been deliberately saturated in differing colours during the film. On the whole this idea pays off, with some effective results, but during the darker indoor scenes there tends to be large amounts of outlining and edge enhancements.

The sound is excellent with some superb use of the surround channels, especially during the initial scenes of the bank holdup and explosions. Once the shrapnel starts flying around the soundstage you find yourself ducking as it travels overhead. Even during the more dialogue intensive scenes the surround channels are used by the musical score and ambient effects. Once the action starts and the deep based soundtrack starts so does the subwoofer with some superb earth shattering LFE's.

Although the menu is scored the menu remains the usually boring and static Warner affair. However, the extras go some way towards making up for this. The director's commentary is fascinating and enthusiastic throughout and the alternate endings are interesting with a different slant on the outcome of the film. However, the version that appears in the film was certainly the best one chosen.

What is the obsession with Vinnie Jones? Whilst he has more than one line than his last film appearance in Gone in Sixty Seconds, he still swaggers and scowls his way around the film. I'm not sure how he gets rave reviews for these "stand around and look hard" roles. A piece of concrete can do that. It also seems that a hacker can get into any government computer by the random pressing of keys on some fancy computer setup. Once connected they are then greeted by an amazing array of 3D rotating graphics and alphanumeric characters flying around the screen. Whilst it certainly adds to the thrill of the film it's hardly realistic, even for Windows XP.

Finally, after the horrific events on 11th September, the idea of a covert revenge and retribution operation against terrorists makes this film so much more believable. The film is already superb, but with a storyline perhaps now too close to reality it makes it an essential purchase. Buy it.

  • Feature Length Commentary by Director Dominic Sena
  • "The Making of Swordfish" Documentary
  • "The Effects in Focus" Documentary
  • Two Alternate Endings
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • DVD-ROM Enhanced
Dexter S2 artwork

Dexter S2

DVDTV
09/05/2009
During the day, Dexter Morgan is a jovial employee in the Miami Metropolitan Police Department's crime lab. By night Dexter is a disciplined and murderous psychopath and he slakes his blood lust at ...
Homeland S2 artwork

Homeland S2

BDTV
22/09/2013
Donnie Darko  The Directors ... artwork
Family Guy Presents Blue ... artwork
The Inbetweeners artwork

The Inbetweeners

DVDTV
11/06/2008
K PAX artwork

K PAX

DVD
25/06/2002
Top Gun  Maverick artwork

Top Gun Maverick

DVDBDUHD
07/09/2022
After more than thirty years of service as one of the Navy's top aviators, Pete 'Maverick' Mitchell is back where he belongs as Top Gun: Maverick ...
The Spine of Night artwork

The Spine of Night

DVDBD
16/09/2022
Elf artwork

Elf

UHD
06/09/2022
The Secrets She Keeps: Series 2 artwork
The Amusement Park artwork

The Amusement Park

DVDBD
15/09/2022
Frozen Planet II artwork

Frozen Planet II

DVDBDUHDTV
23/09/2022

Ocean's Eleven

Review07/12/2020

Eleven criminals plan to relieve three Las Vegas casinos of $150 million dollars in the biggest heist in history.

Father Stu

Features15/08/2022

Mark Wahlberg stars in Father Stu, an unflinchingly honest, funny and uplifting drama based on the true story of boxer-turned-priest Stuart Long's inspiring journey to redemption.

Angry Birds Movie 2

Features19/07/2022

When a new threat emerges that puts both Bird Island and Piggy Island in danger, Red, Chuck, Bomb, and Mighty Eagle recruit Chuck's sister Silver and team up with pigs Leonard, his assistant Courtney, and techpig Garry to forge an unsteady truce and ...
No one cared who I was until I put on the mask
The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

And Just Like That S1

DVDTV15/08/2022325

Red Sonja

DVDBDUHD18/07/2022131

And Just Like That S1

DVDTV15/08/2022325

The Outlaws S2

DVDTV25/07/202264

Sherwood

DVDTV04/07/202262

Witness Number 3

DVDTV25/07/202260

Morbius

DVDBDUHDNOTES27/06/202285

Moonfall

DVDBDNOTES25/04/202269

Lightyear

DVDBDUHDNOTES17/06/202259

Star Trek First Contact

DVD01/01/2000305

Contact

DVD01/01/2000256

Rules of the Game

DVDTV14/03/202294

The Disappearance

DVD06/07/201669

The Guest

BDUHD
23/08/2022

Jurassic World: Dominion

DVDBDUHD
24/08/2022

Eurotrash: The Series

DVDTV
14/09/2022
Get a free daily news update. DVD365.net works with the Amazon Alexa flash briefing skill