MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +2

Content: -3

In an old Marx Brothers comedy, Swordfish is the secret password to get into an illegal nightclub. In this film, Operation Swordfish is an undercover operation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency that unexpectedly earned millions in legitimate money. Tucked away in multiple banks, the bonus slush fund has turned to billions. Superspy Gabriel Shear (John Travolta) needs the money to finance his activities but, in this world of computer banking and passwords, he needs the best hacker in the world to get it. Stanley Jobson (Hugh Jackman) spent two years in jail for hacking into the FBI computers and now, getting within 50 feet of a keyboard violates his parole. But Gabriel’s assistant, Ginger (Halle Berry) convinces Stan that helping them will get him both freedom and the one thing he wants most, his daughter. But FBI agent Roberts (Don Cheadle), former head of the cyber-crimes task force, spots Stan on a security monitor and may spoil the whole affair. This tense, bank-heist action story keeps everyone guessing and should attract action fans.

Gabriel is an amoral character, willing to lie, cheat, steal and kill whomever, to accomplish his goal. For him, the end justifies the means, which brings up an unusual brand of patriotism. And there is plenty of killing, including a few scenes of innocent hostages wrapped in explosives that go off. One repeated scene shows a city block of cars and police devastated, in slow motion, by an explosion. Some of the deaths appear caused by police who don't believe Gabriel's ruthlessness. Car chases with multiple shootings, wrecks and explosions also fill the screen. Stan's ex-wife is re-married to a porn filmmaker and is always shown drunk. While no sex is shown, Ginger sunbathes topless and a few women at a party enter a swimming pool in thong underwear. Along with the mayhem, the film is filled with obscenities and numerous strong profanities. This SWORDFISH is not a good catch.

Preview Reviewer: Paul Bicking
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The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many (14) times - Mild 6, moderate 8

Obscene Language: Many (53) times - F-word 28, s-word 21, other 4, finger gesture 3

Profanity: Many (10) times - Regular 9 (J 6, GD 3); exclamatory 1 (OG)

Violence: Many times - Moderate and severe (explosions, bodies fly in slow motion, shoving, multiple gun shootings, punches, car wrecks, hanging/choking threat, bloody bodies, burned body on autopsy table)

Sex: None, but unconventional act strongly implied once

Nudity: Few times (female rear in thong underwear, female breast once); Near Nudity - Several times (women in underwear, tight short dresses emphasize woman’s body)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Several times (women ask man to swim without suit, sensual kisses, woman rubs man’s thigh, suggestive and explicit dialogue)

Drugs: Several times - Cigar/cigarette smoking, alcoholic drinks, woman in alcoholic stupor

Other: Illegal computer hacking, reference to porno film making, senator connected with Gabriel, comment about ethics and patriotism, FBI and police seem inept

Running Time: 97 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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