Swordfish, directed by Dominic Sena Essay

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Rational Choice Theory and Swordfish
A Development of Theory and Character
Swordfish is a dark counter-espionage action thriller about power, money, sacrifice and 21st-century breaking and entering. Over the course of this paper characters will be introduced and then systematically compared to the rational choice theory and categorized by their actions. First, a review of the movie must be completed. Second, a thorough examination of the rational choice theory will be conducted. Lastly, the selected characters will then be examined against the rational choice theory to explain why each character engages in their criminal activity.
Swordfish starts off in a showdown between Gabriel Shear’s American terrorist group and the entire gambit
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This explosion kills many of the LAPD and brings the seriousness of the situation to the very forefront of everyone’s mind. The movie then jumps back several days. The scene is now greatly less stress full and is set in an oil field in Texas. Stanley is on top of his trailer hitting golf balls into the sunset when a very seductive woman approaches his trailer. They engage in conversation and the woman whose name is Ginger Knowles suggests that he should be doing something bigger and better with his life. She tells Stanley of a man who wants to meet him. Stanley is unsure of going through with this meeting until Ginger pulls out an envelope filled with $100,000. She tells him it’s just a meeting and he is not obligated towards anything.
Stanley takes the money and meets with the unknown man who turns out to be Gabriel. Gabriel explains to him that there is a DEA slush fund that contains 9.5 billion dollars. He needs Stanley to make a worm to hack into the account and steal the money so he, Gabriel can fund his American terrorist group. Stanley goes along with the plan until he has a change of heart at the end of the operation in the World Banc. Stanley decides to enact some code that he had written and uses that code to take the money from the slush fund and send it to other accounts all around the world and change the account every few seconds so there is no way to access the money. Gabriel then hangs Ginger and threatens to kill

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