to get $9.5bn by who? Patriotic American or terrorist? You decide.
our panel of critics thought
special effect involving an exploding woman near the beginning.
Was this taken from a TV ad for C4 explosives?"
bit encryption has always been a mystery to me, 1024 bit doubly
first scene, in which Travolta addresses the audience, had me hooked.
Unfortunately that is the highlight of the movie, the rest has some
good moments but this movie is popcorn, it is not a classic."
truly new paradigm in computer geekdom. Body built, street savvy,
great car, you could take him (Stanley) anywhere... So clean too
- anybody else running through that dirt-dust would have ended up
looking like they have just had a fight in a flour mill, not our
hero though, who looked showered and as fresh as a crisp pancake."
truly scary premonition of 11th September. You couldn't do a film
like that today."
semi intelligent movie best viewed with copious amounts of alcohol."
hostage getaway in a plane? Try pitching that idea today. Luckily
this movie was released three months before 11th September."
bit when Stanley talks to his daughter in car. Tears came as easily
to my eyes as if my finger had been poked into an electricity switch
during my thrice daily shower!"
ending involving a bus dangling from a helicopter flying between
LA skyscrapers.... "
glorious melee of wonderful fally bits, in which Stanley runs, no,
strike that, collides, with that bitch sand and dust, in his endeavor
to run away from the authorities. Thankfully, as he gets to the
bottom, he has been dry-cleaned and is as fresh as the proverbial
daisy. Thank goodness this movie didn't attempt realism. Call me
old fashioned, but I actually like a nicely buffed hero, not one
who gets ruffled and scuffled in a fight. A triumph of squeeky-clean
computer stuff doesn't make much sense, but has been wonderfully
love the heavy who watches Stanley and says 'verified' in a really
deep voice. What did he verify exactly, that the pretty pictures
benchmark for Hollywood geeks with buffed cheeks (at both ends)."
tell me the ending or whole plot if necessary
Travolta plays Gabriel, an alleged government agent who is charged
with fighting anti-American terrorism.
(Jackman), the body building street fighting computer non-geeky
geek, has a talent for breaking codes. He is used by Gabriel to
get $9.5bn, which is profit made by DEA in their covert drug running
does it to save his daughter who has been held hostage by Gabriel.)
takes bank employees hostage (as the bank allows access to the computer
network that Stanley needs to break the network) and then demands
a bus to take them to the airport. This is misdirection as the plan
is actually to get a helicopter to lift the bus to get away...
is apparently killed (she had told Stanley she was DEA but this
was a lie.)
ending sees Ginger and Gabriel collecting the $9.5 bn and getting
onto a yacht, which is then blown up.
and his daughter go off together into the sunset in trailer.
know the problem with Hollywood? They make shit. Unbelievable, unremarkable
shit. Now I'm not some grungey wannabe filmmaker searching for existentialism
through a haze of bong smoke or something. No, it's easy to pick
apart bad acting, shortsighted directing and a purely moronic stringing-together
of words that many of the studios term as prose. No, I'm talking
about the lack of realism. Realism. Not a pervasive element in today's
modern American cinematic vision."
unadulterated popcorn. The plot doesn't really make much sense,
but the movie is pretty to watch and passes a couple of hours entertainingly.
of anyone who puts this movie in their top ten of all time.