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|Firewall (Full Screen Edition)
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Sales Rank: 369
Director: Richard Loncraine
Publisher: Warner Home Video
Studio: Warner Home Video
Manufacturer: Warner Home Video
Label: Warner Home Video
Format: Ac-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Ntsc
Languages: English (Original Language), English (Subtitled), French (Subtitled), Spanish (Subtitled)
Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Running Time: 104 minutes
Number Of Items: 1
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Shipping Weight (lbs): 0.2
Dimensions (in): 7.1 x 5.4 x 0.6
Release Date: June 6, 2006 (New: Last 30 Days)
Theatrical Release Date: February 10, 2006
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Harrrison Ford brings his reliable brand of focused intensity to Firewall, a family-in-peril thriller that fits Ford like a comfortable old sweater. The venerable action star is visibly growing older now, but he's got a quiet, simmering quality here that perfectly suits his role as Jack Stanfield, Vice President of security at a large Seattle bank that's recently upgraded to a state-of-the-art computer security system (resulting in conspicuous Dell product placement throughout the film). Jack's the only one who can safely crack the system, so he's targeted by a would-be robber (Paul Bettany) whose jittery crew of thugs and hackers kidnaps Jack's wife (Sideways star Virginia Madsen), daughter, and young son, threatening to kill them if Jack doesn't transfer $100 million into the robber's secret offshore account. Like Bruce Willis in 2005's Hostage, Ford rises above the film's familiar generic trappings, and British director Richard Loncraine maintains a low-key escalation of tension that keeps Firewall on track toward a routine but satisfying conclusion. Supporting roles for Alan Arkin, Robert Forster and Robert Patrick add little to the film's turnabout plotting, but fans of Mary Lynn Rajskub (better known as ace computer nerd "Chloe" on the hit series 24) will enjoy her performance here as a loyal secretary who factors into Stanfield's bid to outsmart his captors. Firewall may not be an instant Ford classic like The Fugitive, but it's comparable to Ford's 2000 thriller What Lies Beneath in terms of overall intelligence and crowd-pleasing suspense. --Jeff Shannon
Firewall stars Harrison Ford as bank security expert Jack Stanfield, whose specialty is designing infallible theft-proof financial computer systems. But there's a hidden vulnerability in the system he didn't account for - himself. When a ruthless criminal mastermind (Paul Bettany) kidnaps his family, Jack is forced to find a flaw in his system and steal $100 million. With the lives of his wife and children at stake and under constant surveillance, he has only hours to find a loophole in the thief's own impenetrable system of subterfuge and false identities to beat him at his own game.
Featurette:Firewall: Writing a Thriller
Interviews:Firewall Decoded: A Conversation with Harrison Ford and Richard Loncraine.
Customer Reviews: Read 71 more reviews...
Kept me involved June 23, 2006
This movie wasn't a really exciting movie, like the cover makes it seem. In fact it was pretty boring. The movie is about a family taken hostage by some robbers who are trying to rob a bank. The robbers are trying to use a bank owner to complete this mission. Some parts of the movie didn't make sense and didn't seem realistic. Overall this movie kept my attention but was pretty boring.
*Yawn* June 22, 2006
1 out of 1 found this review helpful
Firewall is one of those movies that you know what is going to happen before the opening credits start to roll. Harrison Ford plays a security expert forced to break his unbreakable security system as a smarmy criminal (Paul Bettany) holds his wife (Virginia Madsen) and kids hostage. It's familiar territory for Ford, but he plays it well like he usually does, while Bettany provides for a decent villain. And that's just about all the good that Firewall does. The film is a strictly by the numbers thriller that doesn't deliver on the thrills and opts instead for a safer route. We never feel as if Ford's family is in any real peril, and by the time Ford comes to the inevitable conclusion to turn on the criminals, we know where things are headed and what will happen next. Madsen, Robert Forster, and Robert Patrick all get wasted in roles that aren't worth their time; the only upside of which is that it's good to see each of them in a big budget flick. All in all, Firewall is a typical, derivative, by the numbers movie that doesn't offer anything beyond it's glossy surface.
Excellent, One-Time Movie June 21, 2006
0 out of 2 found this review helpful
I enjoyed this movie with George Harrison in a less intense, government role. The plot was plausible but far-fetched at times. I understand more of the workings of a network enterprise than this movie would lead a viewer to assume. George was good in his role, but I found the role itself stretching my imagination. Maybe that is because I had seen him in too many action movies where he made definitive decisions and stuck to his path of action. I recommend this movie to all genres, but I did not keep the DVD as I do not wish to see it again.
Firewall June 20, 2006
0 out of 1 found this review helpful
"Firewall" is another film in a growing series of them that contains the same plot, same ending, but different results. For some reason, they turn out just like sports movies. Even though you know they're going to win the big game at the end, it's still entertaining. That's definitely the case with Firewall. It's massively entertaining, has some great acting and dialogue. And not only is it entertaining, but it's smart too. Smart, but without making you scratch your head trying to figure out what's going on. The movie stars Harrison Ford (What Lies Beneath), Virginia Madsen (Sideways), Carly Schroeder (Mean Creek), and Jimmy Bennet (The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things) as The Stanfield Family. On a weekend when the kids (Sarah & Andy) are at home and Beth (Madsen) is busily working on her next architectural thing; Jack Stanfield goes to work, has some meetings, and goes to dinner with a client. Problem is, at the end of the night that client Bill Cox (Paul Bettany, 'A Beautiful Mind') is telling Jack that his family is being held hostage at the house and if Jack doesn't do exactly what he's told his family will be killed. Here we have a raging family man (simalar to Bruce Willis in "Hostage") who will stop at nothing to get his family back no matter what the costs. So, of course, for the first few minutes of the kidnapping you're going to see characters making several stupid decisions. Anyway, Cox and co. want Jack to help them steal 100 million dollars from the bank that he helps secure; And of course, you have the other nosy guy from the bank rooting around and the one guy who's betraying everybody. It's pretty cliche stuff overall, but it just somehow manages to work in "Firewall." Bettany is great as the villain, Ford is believable as always. The movie also boasts a nice supporting cast with
Robert Forster (Jackie Brown), Alan Arkin (Eros), and Robert Patrick (Terminator 2). Basically, what I'm trying to say is this is a very entertaining movie...If you liked "Hostage" and "Don't Say a Word". You should be pleased with this movie, because it's better than both of those two.
Harrison can do better than this! June 19, 2006
1 out of 1 found this review helpful
Harrison Ford is my favorite actor. He's done this type of movie a thousand times before, and done it way better than this! I was struggling to stay awake the first hour. The action only picked up within the final half hour. I had to keep fast-forwarding, I was that bored. The story line was so far-fetched it grated on my nerves. A bunch of loser criminals (led by Paul Bettany---he can do better than this too!) try to computer-hack-rob a bank of millions by kidnapping Harrison's family, coercing him into helping break through the firewall he invented. When the thugs send Harrison Ford to work hooked up with a microphone and mini-cam to monitor him, I kept thinking there MUST be a way he could sneakily write a note on paper to notify the authorities. Huge snooze 95% through.