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)"
After the slow beginning, this film draws you into the action. Not quite what i expected. There is little hacking or computer espionage involved, which wasn't a disappointment, but from the film title, i had gathered that it would be all about this sort of thing. Harrison Ford takes on a slightly different light as a vunerable person at the beginning of the film, but towords the end, he's back to his usual self. Paul Bettany makes a great villan as well. I thoroughly enjoyed the film, but I'm easily pleased. I don't think my dad fell asleep whilst watching it, which, believe me, is really somthing.The plot is as follows:
Jack Stanfield (Harrison Ford) is a security boss at a big Seattle bank becomes a victim of some identety theft and supposedly runs up a big gambling debt. Just when he thinks his day couldn't get any worse, he and his family are held hostage in their own home. Jack has to get around his own security systems to get the ransom money; $100million. He is followed and bugged all day so he cannot raise the alarm. When the boss of the bank notices Stanfield is hacking the system, he immediately thincks back to the gambling debt. When his family are taken away and Stanfield comes home and is nearly killed, he goes on the rampage. You'll have to watch the film to find out what happens.Some great fighting scenes involved. Not too expensive either.
Runtime: 105 minutes
Product Information : Firewall (DVD)
Manufacturer's product descriptionJack 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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