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Running Time:
1 hour, 40 minutes

Rating: PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned.

Rating Explanation:
for some intense sequences of violence

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
Despite the fact that you've see it all before, it's still a relatively exciting thriller.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Firewall Decoded: A conversation with Harrison Ford and Richard Loncraine; Firewall: Writing a Thriller; Theatrical trailer; Languages: English, Espa˝ol & Franšais (Dubbed in Quebec); Subtitles: English, Franšais & Espa˝ol (Feature Film Only)



Firewall
A gang of high-tech crooks led by a stereotypical villain (Paul Bettany "A Beautiful Mind") spend months electronically monitoring, recording and scrutinizing the daily routine of the family of Jack Stanford (Harrison Ford), a Seattle bank's computer security specialist. They've even found out about the family's medical history. When they make their move against the family, the bad guys are totally unaware that the bank has been taken over by a larger financial institution and Jack no longer has access to its data. When they barge into the family home Jack realizes he has little choice but to cooperate with them because they're holding his wife and two children. In order to save them Jack comes up with a risky plan using his daughter's iPod.

Meanwhile, at the bank Jack's every move is watched by his new boss (Robert Patrick "Ladder 49"), who has become suspicious of his security officer. Then, his wife Beth (Virginia Madsen "Sideways") attempts to cause a rift between the kidnappers. As you'd suspect, in the end, the bad guys are foiled, but in a very trite way. Throughout the movie Ford doesn't look embarrassed, though he might have, but he often appears uncomfortable.

There are some nice performances especially Mary Lynn Rajskub (from TV's "24"} as Ford's assistant and Robert Forster ("Jackie Brown") and Alan Arkin ("Jakob the Liar") as bank officials. As the villian, Bettany has little to play other than pure evil, which becomes boring. Directed by Richard Loncraine ("Wimbledon"), this is an old-fashioned formulaic thriller that will do little to make you remember his work, or even that of Harrison Ford, but it may keep you engrossed if suspense, however contrived is what you're looking for.






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