Starring: John Travolta, Don Cheadle, Halle Berry, Sam Shepard, Hugh Jackman

Directed by: Dominic Sena

Produced by: Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Productions, Silver Pictures, NPV Entertainment

Distributed by: Warner Bros.

Genre: action/adventure

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Review by Xibo Date seen: June 23, 2001
Viewing Location: Newport Grade: A
Summary: Stupendous! Travolta is amazing here.
Hugh Jackman trades in his Wolverine duds to play a Mitnick-level super-hacker, who his tempted by the sexy Halle Berry to violate his parole, all in attempt to earn some big money so that he can hire lawyers to get his daughter back from his scummy ex-wife. Travolta, meanwhile, plays the brains behind the whole operation, heading up some kind of black-ops or illegal project (never fully explained) to gain acces to some locked up funds in a bank. Cheadle, of course, plays a cop/detective trying to bring Travolta's character down.

The product placements in the film are over the top, especially for Dell and Heineken. The TVR Tuscan takes a great starring role as the main bad guy's sexy sports car. This car is HOT!

The hacking lingo is almost right but the junk they're actually doing on the computers is complete bullshit. But then, given the plot's incredible premise, it'd be hard to make it look at all realistic. And I'd love to hear how $400M becomes $9.5B with only 16 years of interest.

Those traits aside, the movie is fabulous. The action scenes are incredible, and the film is far more action-packed than Tomb Raider, which I saw earlier in the day. And the end of the movie is a howler! 

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