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Director Dominic Sena follows up his stylish action film Gone in 60 Seconds (2000) with this high-tech thriller. John Travolta stars as Gabriel Shear, a charismatic spy who plots to steal a multi-billion-dollar fortune in illegal government funds. In order to make his scheme work, however, Gabriel needs some help from a computer hacker, which is where Stanley Jobson (Hugh Jackman) comes in. Stanley has been paroled from prison after serving a lengthy sentence for penetrating the FBI's cyber-surveillance operations. Issued a restraining order that keeps him away from computers and living… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 26%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Another in a long line of middling movies for Travolta."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture
"An action opera designed to elicit Beavis and Butt-head-level appreciation."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Good pacing and intriguing characters drive the overflowing testosterone blitz to an above average level of fun."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"It calls itself a 'thriller,' apparently because it is loaded with pointless machinations that pile up into a tortured wreck of narrative desperation."
‑ Margaret A. McGurk, Cincinnati Enquirer
"...plays out like Jerry Bruckheimer's table scraps-- going through the motions in a clueless fog of market-research statistics and demographic pandering."
‑ Sean Burns, Philadelphia Weekly
"The story ... is just what fills in the gaps between slow-motion fireballs, Matrix-style frozen mayhem, and Halle Berry's notoriously undraped breasts."
‑ Michael Atkinson, Village Voice
"Nobody really cares about the plot, least of all the filmmakers."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
"A techno thriller that suffers from narrative shortcomings but is elevated by the star power of John Travolta and Halle Berry and particularly Aussie actor Hugh Jackman who's bound to become a Hollywood star."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Some explosions, a lot of techno, two X-Men, and a Sweat-hog."
‑ Ron Wells, Film Threat
"Trite and overdone and undercooked and thrown together and ridiculous and wasteful."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"The sleazy script by Skip Woods ... slimes the actors."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Cool explosions are the best thing here."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Strap yourself in for the ride and enjoy."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Jaded, cynical, dumb and degenerate."
‑ Christopher Tookey, Daily Mail [UK]
"[An] incredibly convoluted and ponderous techno-thriller that does little but showcase fast fading star John Travolta at his most staggeringly ineffectual."
‑ Chuck Rudolph, Matinee Magazine
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