Swordfish: Andrew Cooper
EW Staff
April 20, 2001 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Swordfish

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
97 minutes
Wide Release Date
06/08/01
performer
Halle Berry, Don Cheadle, Hugh Jackman, John Travolta, Zach Grenier, Camryn Grimes, Vinnie Jones, Angelo Pagan, Sam Shepard
director
Dominic Sena
Producers
Jonathan Krane Group, NPV Entertainment, Silver Pictures, Village Roadshow, Warner Bros.
distributor
Warner Bros.
author
Skip Woods
genre
ActionAdventure

We gave it a B

With Travolta starring as a government agent turned master criminal who forces a hacker (”X-Men”’s Jackman) to help with a high-tech burglary, expect plenty of shootings, explosions, and car chases. Surprisingly, Sena, coming off the autophilic ”Gone in 60 Seconds,” actually relished the opportunity to stage another road race. ”In ‘Gone,’ no one could shoot anyone or get hurt based on something Nic Cage’s character had done,” says the director. ”Here, [the script said] ‘Four cars filled with assassins come after Travolta.’ So I said, ‘Okay, I get to blow shit up!”’

Jackman enjoyed the pedal to the metal madness so much that he was inspired to take a stunt driving course. ”It’s good in New York,” says the actor, who subsequently lived there to film ”Kate & Leopold” with Meg Ryan. ”It’s fun coming at tight parking spaces at 40 miles per hour and just gliding in.” Jackman also had no problem starring opposite the larger than life Travolta. Once, the two were being filmed in a car dragged by a trailer when a crew member began singing ”Well oh well oh well oh” from ”Grease”’s ”Summer Nights.” ”Then John started singing Danny, I started singing Sandy, and the whole trailer was singing at the top of our voices,” says Jackman. ”He really enjoys himself.” What, no ”Greased Lightnin”’ encore?

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