Filmed in Oregon
and California from September 18 - December 15, 2000.
When it came to creating the overall look of the film,
director Dominic Sena wanted to give Gabriel's world a
high sheen of glamour, while not being afraid of color.
He explains, "Each location had a color palette assigned
to it and the practical lighting dictated the light we
would use on the actors. For instance, if there was a
green lantern, the light on the faces would be green
instead of trying to create perfect flesh tones. It
looks glossy and sexy, which is the right look for this
Andrew Collins, Radio Times:
"This glossy, expensive
computer-heist thriller amounts to very little behind
all the fireworks. If you've seen the trailer, you've
seen the film, as it shows part of what industry types
call the 'money shot'
- a technically brilliant 360-degree explosion that
director Dominic Sena obviously saw as his calling card."
"With its blasť blend of bogus international intrigue
and action-for-action's-sake, 'Swordfish' suggests a
James Bond movie stripped of humor. True, there are a
few moments of wit, like the opening sequence. But the
dominant tone masquerading as humor is a snide, rancid
nihilism devoid of laughs, unless wholesale destruction
and gloating stupidity are what tickle your funny bone."
Kimberley Jones, Austin Chronicle:
has got bombs, bombs, and more bombs, plus car chases, a
passel of TNT-strapped hostages, even a school bus
airlifted a hundred feet up by a helicopter. The action
is constant, often pointless, definitely gratuitous, and
breathlessly fun. As far as the pissing contest goes,
could write its name in the snow and have ink to spare Ö
and that's probably a pretty good metaphor for how
adolescently dumb/fun this picture is."
"Here are some things you probably know about
'Swordfish': It features some wildly exciting action
sequences. John Travolta is not wearing dreadlocks or
platform boots. Yes, Halle Berry goes topless - and so
does Hugh Jackman. There's a nice twist at the end of
the film. And here are some things that you probably
should know: 'Swordfish" is idiotic. Travolta is
sporting the same haircut he wore in 'Pulp Fiction'.
He's also playing the same standard-issue bad guy he
played in two films directed by John Woo. And by the
time this train wreck of a film is over, you don't care
about the twist at the end."
Jeff Vice, Deseret News:
"Suffice to say that
is not nearly as clever as it seems to think it is,
while director Dominic Sena deliberately swipes bits
from better movies, and the overly busy, jittery camera
seems to suggest that it was performed by an
The Movie Report:
"'Swordfish' practically invites criticism by beginning
with Gabriel directly saying to the camera, 'You know
what the problem with Hollywood is? It makes shit.' I
wouldn't go so far as to call 'Swordfish' shit, but it
certainly is junk in a nice, glossy package, and doesn't
pretend to be otherwise. While embracing and celebrating
its lowest-common-denominator aspirations make the film
a refreshingly unpretentious and modestly diverting
film, it doesn't make it a good one."
Neil Smith, BBC:
"The insanely convoluted plot - which involves Halle
Berry baring her breasts as Shear's seductive associate
and Vinnie Jones as the least menacing heavy in living
memory - has little function beyond providing a
framework for some well-staged shoot-'em-ups and an
elaborate finale that finds Travolta, Jackman, and a
dozen or so hostages in a bus."
"Two things earned the applause of the preview audience
at 'Swordfish': the explosions and the sight of Halle
Berry's breasts, which make a notable if utterly
gratuitous appearance midway through the story.'
Film critic Emmanuel Levy:
"Ultimately, itís the slick technical credits that put
'Swordfish' over, particularly Paul Cameronís widescreen
lensing that shows improvement from previous efforts,
and gives the film an excitingly energetic look that
compensates for its shortcomings."