YMMV / Swordfish

  • Best Known for the Fanservice: This movie was the first time Halle Berry went topless on camera. Most people remember this movie for "Halle's Berries" rather than the Xanatos Speed Chess plot.
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: The alternate ending. It turns out that Stan outgambits Gabriel Shear, steals the money, leaves them only 500 dollars, and gives it to charity. Bonus points for Gabriel and Ginger being fine about that, though he's a Magnificent Bastard, so it's not surprising.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Gabriel Shear may in fact be the ultimate epitome of this trope. Gabriel is essentially an amalgamation of James Bond, Tyler Durden, and Keyser Soze, the ultimate Magnificent Bastard. To quote Axl Torvalds- " He exists in a world beyond your world. What we only fantasize, he does. He lives a life where nothing is beyond him. But it is all an act. For all his charisma and charm. For all his wealth and expensive toys. Beneath it all he is a driven, unflinching, calculating machine,who takes what he wants, when he wants, then disappears " To examine:
    1. Brilliance- A mastermind who plots and flawlessly executes the largest heist in human history, all while getting away with it in the end with absolutely no trace, and not even his true identity being revealed;
    2. Smooth Operator- Always keeping a calm, jocular demeanor, even when a SWAT team has guns to his head;
    3. Goal- A visionary villain, he is a fanatical counter-terrorist who has stared too far into the abyss and is willing to kill, say, an innocent teenager and the surrounding police, to protect America from the greater terrorist threat;
    4. Charisma- When not committing elaborate heists, he spends his days partying, drinking, and driving expensive cars;
    5. Badassery- More than happy to pull out a machine gun and fire out the door of a moving car when need be;
    6. Genre Savvy- Dangerously so. Even uses the flaws of Al Pacino in Dog Day Afternoon to describe why pragmatic mercilessness will bring success to his robbery. And he is right.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Every one of the core four would wind up playing a Marvel character: Jackman and Berry had done X-Men a year previously, John Travolta would play the villain in The Punisher (2004), and Don Cheadle would replace Terrence Howard as James Rhodes aka War Machine in Iron Man 2 & 3. The movie also has Vinnie Jones, who played Juggernaut in X-Men The Last Stand.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The terrified expression on the young woman hostage struggling against her would-be rescuers... because she knows full well if they get her twenty feet from the bank she's gonna blow up.
  • So Okay, It's Average