Movies Swordfish (2001, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry) Published 7 months ago on October 21, 2018 The world’s best hacker, Stanley Jobson (Hugh Jackman), spent two years in prison for breaking into an FBI programme that was going to search all of America’s e-mails. Now he lives in a trailer and is separated from his wife, who’s shacked up with a porn film-maker and has taken their daughter with her. Then Ginger (Halle Berry) pulls up in a flash sports car and offers him a deal. Her boss Gabriel Shear (John Travolta) needs his help to hack into a top-secret $9bn government slush fund and divert it to off-shore bank accounts where he will use it to fight terrorism with exteme prejudice, eventually snuffing out the threat to the world. In return, Jobson will get more than enough money to get custody of his beloved daughter. Jobson agrees, but as the sting swings into operation, he begins to suspect that both Ginger and Shear are playing different games. As the film reaches its climax, not only is he at risk but so is his daughter. Meanwhile Agent Roberts (Don Cheadle) of the FBI is closing in on the gang while upright Senator James Reisman (Sam Shephard) seems a little too close to the action… Sena’s film uses the same ploy as Shear’s plans to steal the fortune – misdirection, taking the audience one way so they assume a certain plot drive and then fooling them by changing the rules. But he keeps the whole thing plausible – who is Ginger working for and is Shear really after the money to fight terrorism or just for himself? The three main leads all play their roles to the hilt, with Travolta in particular oozing charm one moment and murderous malice the next. Add in a spectacular car chase and possibly the most original plan ever to escape a police pursuit, and this is a genuine edge-of-the-seat film that, while it was never going to trouble the Oscars, is a top thriller. And viewers can judge for themselves whether the reputed $500,000 – $1m (accounts vary) Ms Berry earned on top of her fee for two topless scenes is value for money. production details Australia – USA | 99 minutes | 2001 Director: Dominic Sena Script: Skip Woods cast Halle Berry as Ginger Knowles Hugh Jackman as Stanley Jobson Drea de Matteo as Melissa Kirk B.R. Woller as Axl’s Lawyer Sam Shepard as Senator James Reisman John Travolta as Gabriel Shear Tim DeKay as Agent Marina Black as Hostage Denney Pierce as Hostage Chic Daniel as SWAT Leader Don Cheadle as Agent J.T. Roberts Margaret Travolta as Hostage Shawn Woods as Gabriel’s Crew Tim Storms as Hostage Zach Grenier as Assistant Director Bill Joy Sam Travolta as Hostage Vinnie Jones as Marco Rudolf Martin as Axl Torvalds Camryn Grimes as Holly Jobson Angelo Pagan as Torres Carmen Argenziano as Agent Laura Lane as Helga Tait Ruppert as Ad Agency Executive Craig Braun as Coroner William Mapother as Gabriel’s Crew Ilia Volok as Gabriel’s Crew Jonathan Fraser as Gabriel’s Crew Leo Lee as Gabriel’s Crew Kerry Kletter as Hostage Ryan Wulff as Hostage Ann Travolta as Hostage Dana Hee as Hostage Jeff Ramsey as Hostage Joey Box as Hostage Debbie Evans as Hostage Jason Christopher as Club Kid Jonathan Pessin as Club Kid Scott Burkholder as FBI Geek Mark Soper as FBI Geek Craig Lally as Customs Agent Rusty McClennon as Customs Agent Mark Riccardi as Customs Agent Debbie Entin as Helga’s Friend Natalia Sokolova as Helga’s Friend Anika Poitier as Helga’s Friend Nick Loren as Dark Suit Tom Morris as Policeman Richard Householder as Policeman Michael Arias as Policeman Brenda Eimers as Holly’s Teacher Timothy Omundson as Agent Thomas Astrid Veillon as Bank Executive Dean Rader Duval as Security Guard ActionChic DanielCrimeDenney PierceDominic SenaDon CheadleDrea de MatteoHugh JackmanJohn TravoltaKirk B.R. 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