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Swordfish | 2001 | R | - 7.7.8

Hired by a nefarious government agency, the world's most dangerous spy forces a computer hacker who's just recently been released from prison to help him steal $9 billion in unused government funds. In return the hacker can regain custody of his daughter and can go on to start a new life. With John Travolta, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Don Cheadle and Vinnie Jones. [1:38]

SEX/NUDITY 7 - We see a woman reading while sunbathing; she puts the book in her lap and exposes her bare breasts, the camera turns away but returns to her again. A woman is shown undressing and gets down to her lacy bra and panties. Three women are shown undressing to go swimming and get down to their thong panties; we see them from the back but breasts are discernable. A man is seen wearing only a towel around his waist. A woman is shown wearing a very slinky, tight mini skirt outfit and she bares lots of thigh which another character admires, especially when she wiggles her hips. Women are seen wearing tight fitting, skin exposing outfits (we see thighs, backs, cleavage and midriffs) throughout the movie. A man is forcibly held by the arms by another man and a woman proceeds to unzip his pants and performs oral sex on him (below a table); a gun is also held to his temple, and we see his pleasured face several times. A woman gives a man a big kiss, a woman kisses another man, and another kisses a man (the man doesn't kiss her back) and shares the drink she has in her mouth with him. A woman caresses a man's hand and thigh. A brief nightclub scene shows men and women dancing provocatively. There are references to a man being in the pornography business.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - A woman fitted with a bomb, in the company of two police officers, blows up and the blast travels through neighboring buildings, breaking glass, flipping cars, and throwing people through the air. We revisit this scene later (we see the explosion again) with more detail about what follows. We see the charred and mangled remains of a body in a morgue (the camera lingers on it a bit). A man blows up mid-air and blows out the windows of a building. A car explodes with a man in it and a yacht explodes (we hear a report of a man having been killed in the explosion). Two men are shot (one falls face down in a stream), another man is shot in the head, another in the chest three times and a woman is shot in the chest (we see the resulting bloody wounds). Many dead and bloody bodies are dragged through a street. A woman is strung up by the neck and we see her struggling, kicking and writhing and hear her gagging and gasping for air. An SUV crashes into a restaurant and a dead man with a bloody face and head falls out. A helicopter full of people explodes after being shot by a missile. Several Humvees drive through glass windows causing chaos inside the building and lots of shattering glass; one man is pinned between the car and a wall. A car speeds through traffic, running red lights, sending cars spinning, crashing and exploding, and nearly hitting trucks while a man shoots at (there's a lot of reciprocal gunfire) the cars in pursuit. A bus is picked up off the road by a helicopter and flown through a city hitting buildings and breaking glass; it dangles from two cables and a man falls. A group of people are fitted with bombs that, if they explode, act like mines. Two men fight with punches. A man elbows a police officer in the face (we see his bloody nose). A dead man is seen in a wine cooler and a dead man and woman are shown in their underwear. There's a scene where a character describes what he thinks should have happened at the end of "Dog Day Afternoon": he describes hostages being murdered in graphic detail. A man jumps from a cliff while running from the police and rolls, tumbles and bounces down a steep hill eventually landing on the hood of a car (the two police officers follow). A man spills a cup of coffee on a man's chest, slams him against a wall and tosses him out an office door. A man is hit in the face by a door. A man talks about having shot a man. A man has a gun held to his temple and a girl is held at gunpoint. A man tosses a woman out of his house and she falls to the ground. A man is threatened with a gun several times and a woman's head is pulled back by her hair. A crowd of armed police officers holds guns on a man. A helicopter flies close over the head of a man.


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LANGUAGE 8 - 33 F-words, 3 profane hand gestures, many scatological terms, a few sexual references, several anatomical terms, and several mild obscenities and religious exclamations.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Greed, terrorism, money laundering, stealing, morality, computer crimes, guilt, divorce, the legal system.

MESSAGE - Things don't always end the way you think they should.

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We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.


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