Swordfish (2001)

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Rogue agent Gabriel Shear is determined to get his mitts on $9 billion stashed in a secret Drug Enforcement Administration account. He wants the cash to fight terrorism, but lacks the computer skills necessary to hack into the government mainframe. Enter Stanley Jobson, a n'er-do-well encryption expert who can log into anything.

"Swordfish", directed by Dominic Sena and launched in 2001, is an American action-thriller film that melds aspects of science fiction and heist drama. The movie boasts of an ensemble cast-- John Travolta, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Don Cheadle, and others. The plot focuses on computer hacking, blackmail, larcenous heists, terrorism and revenge, rendering the story complex yet interesting.

The story unfolds with Gabriel Shear (John Travolta) orchestrating a bank break-in, looking for cash to fund counter-terrorism operations. Stanley Jobson (Hugh Jackman), a top-notch ex-con hacker, is roped in by Shear's partner, Ginger (Halle Berry), under a demand-- help them or run the risk of threatening his daughter. Jobson, who just desires a serene life with his child, reluctantly signs up with the scheme.

The Heist and Interplay
The narrative advances, and Jobson quickly discovers himself tangled in a web of dirty politics, betrayal, and ulterior intentions. Meanwhile, a consistent FBI Agent Roberts (Don Cheadle) doggedly pursues them, leading to a cat-and-mouse chase. The stunning twist exposes that Ginger, thought to be Shear's love interest, is actually a DEA agent working undercover and that the break-in was a ruse to trap Shear, a thought terrorist.

Discovery and Finale
Nevertheless, an additional twist waits for. Shear, unveiling a much deeper conspiracy, mentions that he and Roberts are part of a hidden counter-terrorist unit - codenamed "Swordfish". The heist Jobson performed was part of an operation to secure funds ($9.5 billion) secretly built up by the government. The climax intensifies with high-octane action sequences-- surges, gunfights, and leaves.

"Swordfish" provides an assortment of plot twists and turns, gritty action, and slick innovation. While the intricate plot presents an unique take on the standard break-in story, the obscurity surrounding characters' intentions adds intrigue and suspense. Regardless of blended evaluations from critics, the film accumulated a cult following mainly for its star cast, thrilling story, and high-tech/action scenes.

Themes and Reception
"Swordfish" explores styles of ethical ambiguity, police corruption, and the lengths one may opt for their liked ones, encapsulating everything within a high-stakes crime story. The film's reception was combined, with some applauding its enthusiastic plot and action series while others criticizing its over-reliance on innovation and lack of character advancement. Regardless, it stays a thrilling watch for fans of action-oriented thriller thrillers.

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