Release – 2001
Directed by – Dominic Sena
Stars – John Travolta, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry
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If a lie is not a lie when it saves someone’s life then is a murder not a murder if it saves the lives of a thousand people? Abiding by this philosophy, Gabriel Shear (Travolta) is a terrorist who tries to eradicate all those people who have attacked or tried to attack American citizens. For him, killing a few innocent people and occasionally robbing the bank for money to support his work, is for the greater good.
Stanley Jobson (Jackman) is an accomplished hacker who had to serve two years in prison after getting apprehended by Agent J.T. Jones (Cheadle) on charges of computer crimes. Now out of prison, Stanley has lost custody of his daughter who now lives with his drunken wife and lives a life that he is not happy with.
Ginger Knowles (Berry) is an accomplice of Gabriel who convinces Stan to work for him. What was supposed to be a ‘small’ job ended up in Stan hacking into the WorldBanc mainframes and gives Gabriel billions of dollars that he could use to carry out his operations.
Stan’s activity attracts heat and before he knew it, Agent Jones is once again breathing down his neck to find out what he is up to. Hollywood has always been able to make these typical action movies with terrorists out to destroy America, hackers, lots of skimpy women and a whole bunch of people and cars blowing up.
This movie is no different than any other action movie to come out of Hollywood where the story does not matter and neither does the quality of acting. What only matters is that there is a good guy and a bad guy and the bad one dies but not before destroying some objects. Yes, this movie does have a moderately unique and interesting storyline that is slightly off the beaten path, but it isn’t good enough to work all by it.
The acting, dialogues or even the action sequences failed to compliment the movies story and has hence resulted it in being only average. Halle Berry too seemed to be a forced addition who was present merely to add some female presence and show some skin. What you do get, at the end of the day, is an entertaining action movie that you watch and forget and nothing more. Perhaps if John Travolta’s character was given a more different personality than your conventional villain, it might have helped considerably.
Final Thought : A good movie for the ones who love hacking and action but that’s probably the only thing this movie is good at.
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