Embedded with fierce action and terrific thrill, this fast-paced crime drama delves into the fluctuating fortunes in the life of a convicted hacker Stanley Jobson, whose only desire in life is to see his daughter, Holly again, but finds himself unable to do so because his ex-wife has not only sole custody over Holly, but also a restraining order against him seeing her.
When the DEA shut down its dummy corporation operation code-named '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.
To ensure that the funds are released, Gabriel Shear wants Stanley's hacking expertise, but one of the conditions of his parole is that case for Britain from touching, much less using, a computer. However, desperate for some quick cash to pay for a lawyer who can get him to see his daughter, Stanley accepts. Now, the question remains, Can he succeed in slicing into the government mainframes, get the money, and finally have the opportunity of meeting his daughter, without getting caught?
Did you know?
This is the second film in which John Travolta makes a reference to the film "Dog Day Afternoon." In the opening scene, he discusses the film in great detail. And in "Saturday Night Fever," he impersonates Al Pacino's "Attica!" chant from the film. Coincidentally, Swordfish was released in 2001 and in Saturday Night Fever, "2001" is also the name of the disco where he dances. Read More