The A Team

  • Directors: Joe Carnahan
  • Producers: Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, Jules Daly, Stephen J Cannell 1
  • Writers: Skip Woods, Michael Brandt, Derek Haas
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy
  • Actors: Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Quinton Jackson, Sharlto Copley, Jessica Biel, Patrick Wilson

Like the original series, the story follows the adventures of three United States soldiers who were arrested for a crime they did not commit. After managing to escape from military prison, the three join forces with Captain H.M. Murdock, their reconnaissance pilot, as a team of soldiers of fortune.

Hitman

  • Directors: Xavier Gens
  • Producers: Chuck Gordon, Adrian Askariah, Daniel Alter, Luc Besson
  • Writers: Skip Woods
  • Genres: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
  • Actors: Timothy Olyphant, Dougray Scott, Robert Knepper, Olga Kurylenko

The film opens with a montage showing a group of bald children receiving tattoos of bar codes and receiving training in firearms & hand-to-hand combat. These scenes were actually not filmed for this movie but were taken from numerous episodes of the Fox show Dark Angel, starring Jessica Alba.

Interpol agent Mike Whittier discovers Agent 47 in his study, where the two talk briefly. The scene flashes back 3 months, as 47 is completing a hit in Niger. He receives a communication from his Agency contact, Diana, and is told he is to kill his next target, Russian President Mikhail Belicoff, publicly.

Agent 47 kills Belicoff using a sniper rifle to achieve a head shot from over 4 km away. However, when 47 is in the train station ready to leave, he’s told there’s a witness–Nika Boronina–whom he must kill. Confronting Nika on a street, he realizes she’s never seen him before and decides not to kill her. Additionally, Belicoff’s death was covered up, being portrayed in the media as a grazing wound. Agent 47 then escapes a failed assassination attempt.

Agent 47 confronts Diana about who would want Nika dead when she wasn’t a witness and why Belicoff is still being portrayed as alive. Outside, Mike Whittier and his partner have been tipped off that 47 is in the hotel. They encounter the FSB, led by Yuri Marklov, who sends in an emergency response team to capture 47. Diana calls 47 directly, informing him that it was Belicoff himself who ordered the hit. The troops attack and a hotel battle ensues. Agent 47 successfully escapes. However, the Agency he works for has dispatched assassins to kill him for failing his mission.

An Alternate ending in the Special Features of the DVD show 47 watching Nika through his Sniper Scope as she opens the envelope. She then turns down a corner of a small street to be shot dead in a Drive-By. Possibly by men loyal to the organisation behind the fake Belicoff. All while 47 watches.

Swordfish

  • Directors: Dominic Sena
  • Producers:
  • Writers: Skip Woods
  • Genres: Action, Thriller, Crime
  • Actors: Hugh Jackman, John Travolta, Halle Berry, Don Cheadle, Vinnie Jones

Stanley Jobson (Jackman) is an elite hacker who infected the FBI’s Carnivore program with a potent computer virus, delaying its deployment by several years. For this, he was arrested by Agent Roberts (Cheadle), convicted of computer crimes and spent two years in Leavenworth. A condition of his parole is that he is forbidden from touching, much less using, a computer. His ex-wife, Melissa, has sole custody over their daughter Holly and some form of restraining order against Stanley from seeing Holly.

While Stanley is at home in rural Texas practicing his golf swing, a woman named Ginger Knowles (Berry) shows up to solicit his hacking skills for her boss Gabriel Shear (John Travolta). For an initial $100,000 he agrees to meet with Gabriel. He and Ginger fly to Los Angeles, California and meet Gabriel in a night club. Gabriel pressures Stanley right then and there to hack a government system in 60 seconds while simultaneously being held at gun point and having fellatio performed on him by a young woman. Although it was just a test (the gun was not loaded) Stanley succeeded in hacking the system, a feat that Gabriel had not anticipated.

At Gabriel’s house he convinces Stanley to write a worm for $10 million that steals money from a secret government slush fund on the order of $9.5 billion. Gabriel reveals to Stanley that he works for an organization called the Black Cell that was started by J. Edgar Hoover in the 1950s, which is responsible for retaliatory attacks against terrorists who have attacked Americans. It is currently headed by Senator Reisman (Sam Shepard). Reisman discovers that the FBI has caught onto Gabriel and attempts to pull the plug. After Gabriel refuses to terminate plans Reisman attempts to have Gabriel killed, which fails. Gabriel tracks the Senator down while he is fly fishing in Bend, Oregon and kills Reisman.

The end of the film shows Ginger and “Gabriel” in Monte Carlo transferring that $9.5B into other accounts. The final scene shows a yacht being destroyed and a news anchor voice narrating that a suspected terrorist died on that yacht, although the DVD version contains an alternate ending wherein Ginger is told in the bank that the account is already empty, alluding to the possibility that Stanley has played one final trick on them and taken the money himself.