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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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Review of "Firewall (DVD)"

published 07/05/2007 | danpatmore
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Pro solid performances by Hord and Bettany
Cons insulting convienent twist
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"Stereotypical Harrison Ford Action/Thriller"

Harrison Ford is a movie legend, it goes without saying that Indianna Jones and Jack Ryan will forever be remembered as good characters in good movies. His performance is always of high quality and perfectly believable. And this is no different.

Paul Bettany has enjoyed much success over the last few years with the Da Vinci Code and Wimbledon and has shown an ability to be well suited in any role. And as for Ford, this is no different.

Firewall, is an action/thriller movie very much in keeping with everything Ford has been in over the last decade or so, I guess 'formulalaic' (forgive the spelling) is the word.

Ford plays a family man who is head of security for a bank that is in the middle of a merger. The takeover appears to be far from ameniable for everyone, which leaves a long-term colleague to seek out other opportunities for him and Ford.

This marks the entrance of Bettany into the movie, posing as a businessman. His intentions are far from good as he appears in the meeting, as after he kidnaps Ford and family in a bid to get Ford to help him steal £100,000,000 from the bank he works for.

What happens next is a 'dramatic' series events in a struggle to save himself, his family and to stop Bettany getting away with the money.

As It sounds above it is a perfectly enjoyable and watchable movie. All except for about 10-15 minutes from the end when the most random, convienent and daft event happens to play into Ford's characters hands. From there on in you get your textbook ending, which I have absolutely no problem with.

What I do take objection to, is said convienent occurance - it's insulting and downright bizarre!

As I say perfectly watchable and enjoyable if you forgive one moment of silliness...

Dan Patmore

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  • kineticspade published 07/05/2007
    Nice review
  • kappaslappa published 07/05/2007
    As Lexy has said below... Have a look at some similar reviews to get a feel of what to include and should you make any amendments, let me know and I will come back to re-read/rate :o)
  • Bollinger28 published 07/05/2007
    Good personal insight, but a bit more on the plot and main characters would be helpful for anyone who has not seen this film (like me!) Lexy
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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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