An underrated Hugh Jackman movie just released on Netflix
Unknown actor Hugh jackman was very lucky when he was cast as Wolverine two weeks after the filming of Bryan Singer X Men had already started thanks to scheduling conflicts with Mission: Impossible II forcing Dougray Scott to give up, and the Australian was recommended to the studio by Russell Crowe, who declined the opportunity to intervene.
It would be an understatement of huge proportions to say that it worked pretty well for all parties in the long run, with Jackman playing Logan for the next seventeen years and becoming a leading movie star. However, doubts surrounded him until X Men was released, but after it became a critical and commercial success, the doors to Hollywood suddenly opened.
His first post-film effort saw him play a supporting role as a womanizer in a forgotten romantic comedy Someone like You opposite Ashley Judd and Greg Kinnear, but after that it was back in blockbuster territory. John Travolta may have taken the lead in Swordfish, but it’s Jackman’s Stanley Jobson who fuels the narrative, after his infamous hacker was recruited to steal billions of dollars from a government server.
It’s a pretty stereotypical techno thriller with a few decent sets, of which there were plenty around the turn of the millennium, but it’s a pretty elegant effort that possesses a lot of star power through the central trio of Travolta, Jackman and Halle. Berry. This is exactly the sort of throwaway genre movie that regularly lands in Netflix’s Top 10 Most Watched Movies list, so don’t be surprised if Swordfish is following suit now that it has been added to the library as of today.