A covert counter-terrorist unit called Black Cell led by Gabriel Shear wants the money to help finance their war against international terrorism, but it's all locked away. Gabriel brings in convicted hacker Stanley Jobson to help him.
In order to foil an extortion plot, an FBI agent undergoes a facial transplant surgery and assumes the identity and physical appearance of a terrorist, but the plan turns from bad to worse when the same terrorist impersonates the FBI agent.
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. Warner Bros. was suing 2600 at the time, for linking to the DVD deciphering program DeCSS. The magazine said no. See more »
When Stanley enters decryption code on the screen we see about 10 lines of code on the first shot. When the camera returns a couple of seconds later, the same 10 lines are being reproduced. 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 opening studio logos for Warner Bros and Village Roadshow Productions flicker as if they were on a problematic computer screen. Other than those logos and the movie's title, there are no opening credits. See more »
Alternate television takes were shot for the scene with Ginger at the pool (she wears a bikini) and where Stanley hacks into the main frame of the Departement of Defense (Helga is not there). See more »
There are a lot more reasons to see "Swordfish" than Halle Berry's bare breasts. Although they are quite awesome, as is the rest of Ms. Berry, you can enough them in the IMDB photo gallery, thanks to Ms. Berry's decision to wear a see through dress to one of the award shows. No, for much of the film, "Swordfish" rocks, with plenty of action and two notable performances, Halle Berry and John Travolta. Sadly,he movie possesses some of producer Joel Silver's usual gaminess and the climax and denouement is not particularly satisfying. Nonetheless, "Swordfish" is a reasonably good romp at the movies, and theres always Halley Berry...
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