Saturday, March 8, 2014

Firewall (2006)

Director: Richard Loncraine

Writer: Joe Forte

Composer: Alexandre Desplat

Starring: Harrison Ford, Virginia Madsen, Paul Bettany, Robert Forster, Robert Patrick, Alan Arkin, Carly Schroeder, Jimmy Bennett, Gail Ann Lewis, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Matthew Currie Holmes

More info: IMDb

Tagline: They will make him steal, but he will make them pay

Plot: Jack Stanfield is an executive responsible for the security of the computer system of a small bank. He is very connected to his family, composed of the architect Beth, a teenager daughter and a young son. When the gang led by the criminal Bill Cox invades his house, they force Jack to transfer a hundred million dollars to a bank account in Cayman Islands as ransom for his family. When Bill does not release his family, Jack tries to save them by his own.

My rating: 5/10

Will I watch it again? No.


I like the old Harrison Ford, the one that used to make good movies back in the 80s.  This flick is average at best. I wasn't buyin' the method which Bill (Bettany) used to try and steal $100M.  It's not clean enough.  He's got an awful lot hinging on the cooperation and presumed knowledge of Jack (Ford) and there's way too much that can go wrong.  It's a weak plan.  But still, it's a movie and I'm going to give myself to it as much as I can and go along with what they're stlingin' at the screen but I knew this was horseshit when Bill refrained from killing any of Jack's family.  If he were worth his salt he would have greased one of his kids.  Then Jack would know not to fuck around.  I would accept that Bill is a pussy and would be afraid of killing any of them except A) he murders one of his own employees and B) there is no attempt to show that Bill wouldn't kill any of the hostages.  It's weak.  What's more, the ending is a big action fight that's great if you're Harrison Ford but not great if your character, a banker, is able to kick ass and take account numbers. I was ready for the to end long before it showed signs of stopping.  Not good.

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