Corrected entry: The bus is being chased down by an entire police force and the get away plan is to attach the bus to a helicopter? Do the police not have helicopters in LA? Yes they do.
Corrected entry: When Travolta and Jackman are driving the TVR Tuscan, Travolta tells Jackman to drive. He says he "couldn't possibly drive this thing". He then proceeds to crunch the gears and drive it flawlessly - the chase scene that then follows shows some impressive driving though the streets from a guy who 10 seconds beforehand did not have a clue how to operate the vehicle. I have owned a TVR Tuscan for 3 years and its not the sort of car you can just jump into and drive flawlessly at high speed through tight city streets with no previous experience of driving a right hand drive car, let alone a manual one with the gearstick on the 'wrong side'.pierpp
Corrected entry: When Stan is still at his trailer, and first calls his daughters house, his ex-wife says that its Saturday, and she is at soccer practice. After this point in the movie, Stan goes to LA, to Gabriel's house, and spends the night there (all in one day). The next morning he takes Ginger's car to see his daughter, who is at school. On a Sunday?
Corrected entry: In the scene where Holly is waiting for her mother to pick her up, she uses her cell phone and makes a call by only entering 4 numbers. If you listen, and compare with your own phone, Holly dials 1234 in that order.
Corrected entry: When J.T. Roberts and friend come to see the two tech geeks he says 'Gentlemen,If it's not good news...' Right after 'news' look in the glass behind them.You can see the large white reflective screen and two or three of the crew's heads (to the right of the screen) in the reflection.
Corrected entry: Towards the end, right after Travolta shoots Halle Berry in the bank, Travolta's guys start moving the hostages. Look at the hostages' faces. Not one of them looks scared or worried or anything. They have just seen Travolta "kill" Halle Berry, have seen the blonde woman get blown up, and have 20lbs of C4 strapped to their bodies and are surrounded by men with guns, and yet not even the women are crying or scared or anything.KINGOFNY
Corrected entry: There is a logical discrepancy between the scene in which Jackman's character hacks into the Department of Defense and the scene in which Jackman begins to hack into the government's computers. Jackman successfully hacked into the government's network in the first scene. There should be no need for him to hack into it again.
Corrected entry: When the hostage and bad guy fall from the bus and blow up, it would seem that those ballbearings would create some havoc on the street down below, but Don and his boys drive right along.
Corrected entry: In the scene where Halle Berry is being hanged, after Hugh Jackman gets the money to Monte Carlo, John Travolta says "bring her down" and we see a close up of Halle Berry. The thing is that she's suspended but there's a guy right next to her. They re-used the previous shot because it's the same guy that puts the rope on her neck.
Corrected entry: Jobson's Worm Generator Tool has misspelled algorithm in two places, as "Assembling Crypto Algorhythm" and "Crypto Algorhythm." To the left of the useless graphic, "Create Rogue User Accouts" is also missing an "n."
Corrected entry: I'd like to meet one... just one programmer... someday... who can work complex algorithms like that one out in their head... just by staring off to the side in feign deep concentration, looking like they're having a petite mal seizure. I know some programming geniuses, and they are not that good.
Corrected entry: Where does John Travolta acquire a corpse that looks just like him AND has matching dental records without resorting to altering an existing corpse (by plastic surgery) so flawlessly that it wouldn't be detected by an autopsy to fool the authorities into thinking he died in the helicopter crash?
Corrected entry: One of the most important issues of the movie was how the JT character was going to escape. He craftily leaves the rocket launcher where Stan can get it and he rightly assumes he will blow him up. Great, except that Stan was definitely to have left after the robbery. JT lets him out the door and only pulls him back in when the computer re-routes the money. The hostages on the bus are tied up so, WHO was to have shot down the helicopter with Stan not there?
Corrected entry: In the beginning and near the end of the film the girl explodes with all those ball bearings flying out at the speed of sound and they smash all the glass that they come into contact with, including the windows of the bank. However, after the girl explodes and all the windows are broken John T. and the rest of the bad guys take the remaining hostages out of the bank through the unbroken glass doors.
Corrected entry: During the scene where Travolta and Jackman are attacked by the DEA teams in the SUV's, the bad guys (DEA) fire rounds through the windshield of Travolta's fancy sports car, as well as into the trunk lid, which is up as Travolta assembles and loads his machine-gun. Yet when the camera cuts back to the car in subsequent shots, the windshield is clean of bullet holes and the trunk lid is completely undamaged.
Corrected entry: In the opening coffee shop scene, Gabriel is seen preparing and lighting a cigar. Following this you have several clear shots of both hands above the table. However when he leaves the coffee shop, he has a bomb trigger in his hand, that he implies will go off if he lets go. Where was it when he was preparing his cigar and sipping his coffee?
Corrected entry: Throughout the scene just after the cliff fall of Stanley and Detectives they are by a black car, you can see the crew's tents and accessories in the reflection above the back left wheel. Also near the end of the scene where J.T. Roberts moves you can see the boom mics reflection.
Corrected entry: Even with flying cars, Swordfish's bad physics spread to the bearings. They appear to be about an inch in diameter which would give them a volume of 0.524 cubic inches per bearing. Using 0.284 lbs per cubic inch as the density of steel gives a weight of 0.149 lbs per ball bearing. This would mean each hostage was adorned with about 134 bearings. When a hostage blew up we can assume that the bearings would be projected outward in a uniform hemispherical pattern. At a distance of 50 yards, the hemisphere would have an area of 141,372 square feet. If the bearings were uniformly distributed, one bearing would strike in the middle of each 1055 square feet of area. In other words, about one bearing would hit a 32 × 32 foot wall in the path of the explosion. This would hardly be enough to turn it into a sieve. Even at 10 yards there would be less than a 30% chance of hitting a standing adult male with a single bearing. Bad maths!
Corrected entry: In a chase scene with Hugh Jackman and Don Cheadle, they catch up with him and slam him up against a black car. When he is slammed into the car, it dents and it gets dusty from the dirt on him. The camera cuts to Don who speaks to Hugh, then when they cut back to Hugh, the car behind him is undented and cleaned. Funny how repairs can happen within seconds.
Corrected entry: In the coffee shop scene (UK DVD chapter 15, time 47:40) where Gabriel is explaining Operation Swordfish to Jackman, he said the DEA businesses had almost $400,000,000 in the bank when they were finally shut down. Gabriel said that after 15 years of interest the total works out as $9.5 billion. For this to be true, the interest rate would have had to average 96% for the whole 15 years. I wish I knew which bank the DEA used.