Firewall (DVD)

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Firewall (DVD)

Jack Stanfield (Harrison Ford) is an average family man in Seattle who heads up the hi-tech security team at his local bank. But following a seemingly...

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published 13/07/2006 | wailor
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Pro Nice plot, would make any woman proud of her man
Cons A bit shallow, not really high tech
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"Your wife and kids would want a man like this!!"

A strange title huh??? Well, that is the lasting memory it left me with. It's all about how a bank manager of a relatively small bank is set up to break into his own bank cos it is seen as watertight by some thieves trying to rob it.

The typical taking of the family hostage is the anchor to get the bank manager (Ford) to cooperate. Of course he tries to pull a fast one here and there but the thieves are quite prepared and teach him they are not playing games.

Just before he gives them what they want, he turns the game and takes the drivers seat and directs how the goods are delivered and his family restored. I'm sure you get the picture.

I guess I went to see the film cos it was Harrisson Ford who in my opinion is a great actor and his films are decent too. The acting and filming was great but the plot a bit too shallow for an analytical mindlike mine. No real surprises if you know what I mean.

That said, it was an enjoyable film and the last few scenes were really touching as he staggers to embrace his wife and family. If the woman ever doubted he loved her at that point, i'd say she must have a heart of diamond - not precious... downright hard!!!

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  • darkangelwing published 13/07/2006
    Not heard of it but a good review
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Jack Stanfield (Harrison Ford) is an average family man in Seattle who heads up the hi-tech security team at his local bank. But following a seemingly trivial case of identity theft, Jack's life is turned upside-down when he discovers that his wife (Virginia Madsen) and two kids have been kidnapped. The ransom? A mere 100 million dollars, which the kidnappers, led by Bill Cox (Paul Bettany), want Jack to obtain for them via his expert computer skills. Initially compliant, Jack is soon irked by Cox and his cronies to the point where he decides to get his family back and bring the bad guys to justice. British Director Richard Loncraine (WIMBLEDON) uses this basic premise to orchestrate a number of frantic set-pieces, while Ford concocts a character similar to his take on Dr. Richard Kimble in THE FUGITIVE. With a mouthful of computer jargon and nimble fingers that tumble frantically over a keyboard whenever he's in front of a computer, Ford's character is an unlikely action hero. Meanwhile, Bettany's bad guy gives subtly sinister instructions in his clipped British accent, Robert Forster (JACKIE BROWN) provides a likeable if underused ally for Ford, and Madsen slots neatly into her wife-in-peril role. As the film builds to an explosive climax Loncraine dumps the gadgets and carves out a delirious romp through action-movie conventions, ultimately infusing an old-fashioned story with a twist of 21st-century techno-fear.


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