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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Review of "Firewall (DVD)"

published 20/03/2008 | pmcds
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Pro Familiar storylines, some okay suspense and acting (Paul Bettany)
Cons Firewall (2006) - disappointing
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"This film needs a firewall of its own!!"

This heist film comes courtesy of director Richard Loncraine, who directed Paul Bettany in Wimbledon and brings him in as the villain in this 2006 film Firewall.

The Plot

I.T. expert Jack Stanfield is the brains behind many security systems. A family man, he leads a pretty normal existence until his family are kidnapped and held to ransom. Jack must bypass his own security systems and rob a bank he is protecting in order to preserve the safety of his family. This thriller takes an emotional turn through the desperate actions of a man for whom family is of the utmost importance.

The Cast and Performances

Harrison Ford is very good at playing distressed characters, with Han Solo and Indiana Jones being prime examples. This time round, although the Jack Stanfield character is distressed, Ford doesn't really pull it off. There is an unconvincing air about his character, and I am not sure whether this is down to the script or the acting. Paul Bettany is good as the evil Bill Cox, who kidnaps Stanfield's family, and is believable in his threats. With supporting roles from Virginia Madsen and Robert Patrick, you would expect this film to excel, but it does not. The acting is just not up to standard.

My Opinion

The kidnapping of an expert to get something your average person can't get is a well trodden area. Loncraine attempts here to get something new and refreshing out of it, but fails. The film dragged for me, and I was not impressed by some very mediochre acting from such a promising cast list. There are elements of good acting, suspense and plot twists which save the film somewhat, but not enough to drga it up from a 2 star to a 3 star rating out of 5 for me.


Disappointing kidnap film from Harrison Ford and a good cast.

I ratge this film as 2 stars out of 5.

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  • HotBabes published 21/03/2008
    I don't think I've ever seen this. Not exactly one to rush out and watch! x
  • techno_man_37 published 20/03/2008
    not heard of this one but doesnt sound too good
  • Leigh36295 published 20/03/2008
    I remember seeing a trailer for this in the cinema when i watched either jarhead of xmen 3, and I thought it looked pretty rubbish then.
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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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