“Swordfish” (2001)

This is a case where the film thinks a lot cooler and edgier than it actually is; not a surprise actually considering Skip Woods is the screenwriter. That being said, this isn’t a terrible experience at all. There are some cool scenes, the film is at the least consistently engaging, and I found something appealing about the film’s rampant nihilism. Still, I think calling this is a good film would not be accurate. There are cheats in the narrative, it’s incredibly dated nowadays, and the moments where the film thinks it’s being smart, but it really isn’t, are cringy. The most interesting thing about this film is how it acts as a time capsule for a very specific and brief period of time.

Rating: 3/5


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