Barnes & Noble - Ed HulseA wildly improbable but fast-moving high-tech thriller, Swordfish provides top-billed John Travolta with his most colorful character since Pulp Fiction. Playing a rogue CIA operative prosecuting his own private war against international terrorists, Travolta gets most of the movie’s juiciest lines and chews the scenery whenever he can. But hunky Hugh Jackman very nearly steals the film as the brilliant computer hacker who reluctantly helps facilitate a multibillion-dollar heist, the funds from which are needed to finance Travolta’s covert campaign. Halle Berry is also first-rate as a silky seductress who could be either one of Travolta’s most trusted assistants or (as she tells Jackman) a Treasury agent working undercover to expose him. Deception abounds in Hitchcockian proportions; many of Swordfish's characters seem to be operating at cross-purposes, and neither Jackman nor the viewer will know exactly whom to trust. Director Dominic Sena (Gone in 60 Seconds) doesn’t go overboard with mindless action but saves most of his thrills for a stomach-churning climax in which a bus crammed with hostages and explosives is airlifted above a city skyline. It’s a dazzling sequence that brings this cleverly formulated caper film to a memorable and satisfying close. Sena provides a commentary for the DVD, which also includes two behind-the-scenes documentaries and two alternate endings.
Hollywood ReporterA crowd-pleasing return to form by producer Joel Silver. David Hunter
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