Sherpa’s Guide: Swordfish

Hello my brothers and sisters of the gaming world. The movie Sherpa here again to talk to you about another movie (obviously).  The movie is called “Swordfish”, yes another oldie but a goodie. I first saw this movie when I was a wee laddie, and it has been one of the movies that has fueled my desire to see good cinema. It literally has everything you could want to see in a movie: gun fights, car chases, an awesome plot, and oh yeah, Halle Barry’s boobs. The movie is about a world where secret national organizations work to stop terrorism, but where and how do they get the funds to do that? That’s where this movie gets its filling, they need a hacker to get their fat cash. However when watching this movie, I recommend you pay attention to the plot and what’s happening because if you stop caring for a second, you may end up saying “what just happened?”

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Swordfish is an action thriller movie made in 2001 by a man named Dominic Sena, whose other notable movies are “Season of the Witch” and “Whiteout”. This movie stars Hugh Jackman as Stanley Jobson, John Travolta as Gabriel Shear, and Halle Berry as Ginger Knowles. This is hands down one of my favorite John Travolta movies because not only is his character the bad guy, but he does it in a way so that no matter what he does you love him for it. Also this movie is Halle Berry’s first topless scene in her career. It also has one of the most interesting opening discussions I have seen to date in a film,  where Travolta’s character Gabriel discusses the state of cinema (namely “Dog Day Afternoon”) and he also goes on to discuss how the rate of current media can process information, such as how quickly people can report news situations and people instantly know around the world. Suddenly, Gabriel stands up with SWAT members pointing their guns at him only to be pacified when Gabriel shows him his bomb trigger.

John Travolta’s character is the head of a secret government organization that literally uses terrorist actions to fight terrorism. He is described in the movie a cold calculating machine that does what he wants when he wants. He attacks all enemies of America, in his words ” They bomb a church, we bomb ten. They hijack a plane, we take out an airport. They execute American tourists, we tactically nuke an entire city. Our job is to make terrorism so horrific that it becomes unthinkable to attack Americans.” As you can imagine, this endeavor is rather costly. Where does he get this money? Well he must steal it and for that he must enlist the help of a hacker by the name of Stanley Jobson.

Hugh Jackman’s character is Stanley Jobson, a single father and an ex-con hacker. He is currently trying to fight to see his daughter but to do that, he needs a lawyer (a very good lawyer) and money (lots and lots of money). To get this money he’s willing to do anything, even hack into databanks that are illegal. This is perfect for Gabriel because it is exactly what he needs to steal a lot of money. He offers Stanley $10 million to write a worm that steals money from a secret government slush fund to the order of $9.5 billion. Which is why Gabriel sends a woman by the name of Ginger to try and convince him to “help out”.

Halle Berry’s character Ginger Knowles is most noted in this movie for wearing slutty outfits, being sexually provocative, and showing off her tits while lounging around (basically the queen of fan-service for men). She is most noted for messing with the audience’s mind as to who she is and what exactly she does. Nonetheless, her role was to convince Stanley to join and stay on Gabriel’s little project right to the end. She is noted for saying “just finish the job, Stanley”.

Anyway the movie is fairly cheap and can be found at most electronic and wholesale retailers for around 5-6 dollars. This is an excellent addition to any collection or even a good cheap flick for movie night. I recommend you buy this movie, you will most likely not regret it.

Anyway, this has been your Sherpa’s guide for the movie, Swordfish. To all my brothers and sisters, keep watching folks.

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