Rogue agent Gabriel Shear is determined to get his mitts on $9 billion stashed in a secret Drug Enforcement Administration account. He wants the cash to fight terrorism, but lacks the computer skills necessary to hack into the government mainframe. Enter Stanley Jobson, a n'er-do-well encryption expert who can log into anything.
This morally repugnant but occasionally exciting action thriller stars a puffy John Travolta as an all-purpose Mr. Big who recruits one of the world's foremost computer hackers (Hugh Jackman) to help him carry off a $90 billion electronic robbery. With the funds he plans to bully anti-American terrorists into submission, wherever they operate. Halle Berry is his possibly duplicitous partner. The plot is so preposterous that it makes even the James Bond movies it imitates seem realistic. — Stephen Holden
2001-06-08 | Stephen Holden | Read the New York Times Review of Swordfish