Directed by Dominic Sena, starring John Travolta, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Don Cheadle and Vinnie Jones.

With his latest movie director Dominic Sena deviates little from the formulaic action assault of 'Gone in 60 Seconds'. As Hollywood hacker flicks go, this is standard fodder, sparing no expense on the scale of action and special effects. That said, it doesn't stray far from the Hollywood school of 'popcorn' movies except in this case, the good ideas are also deficient.

John Travolta is Gabriel Shear, a spy (complete with trademark baddie facial hair) who plots to steal a multi-billion dollar cache of dormant government funds to fund international terrorist activity. To pull the heist off successfully, he and his partner Ginger (Halle Berry) need a computer whizz on their team.

Enter Stanley Jobson (played by rising star Hugh Jackman) as the expert hacker fresh from a jail-stretch for hacking into an FBI surveillance computer. Impoverished and desperate to re-establish a relationship with his estranged daughter, he agrees to the shady plan. But as with all films of this ilk, there's a tiny membrane of sub-plot – in that he soon realises he is subsumed by something far larger and more sinister than anticipated.

Travolta is a barely adequate baddie, Jackman's performance is dull as the helpless hacker and Halle Berry is mere eye-candy (reputedly taking home an additional $500,000 bonus for baring her breasts on screen). Vinnie Jones does his standard bad-boy routine as Shear's hired goon, but doesn't feature much.

Overall it's action-by-numbers with much frenzied keyboard-tapping, car and helicopter chases and a plethora of computer-screen wizardry. It's a lazy film, lacking any real drive, plot or interesting characters. At the start, Travolta's character utters this philosophical gem: "You know what the problem with Hollywood is? They make sh*t." If only we'd taken heed.

Sinéad Gleeson