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  • Actors: Harrison Ford, Virginia Madsen, Paul Bettany, Carly Schroeder, Jimmy Bennett
  • Directors: Richard Loncraine
  • Writers: Joe Forte
  • Producers: Armyan Bernstein, Basil Iwanyk, Brent O'Connor, Bruce Berman, Charlie Lyons
  • Format: AC-3, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish, English, French
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Sept. 2006
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000HWXEUO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 350,770 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Harrison Ford, bluntly, has seen better days. While once again he gives a tough, gruff performance in the leading role of a Hollywood thriller, the material around him in the case of Firewall is a far cry from what we used to expect of one of Hollywood's most enduring leading men.

It's still fun in its own way, though. Ford is the leader of the technical security team at his local bank, and finds his life is turned upside down when firstly his identity is compromised, and then his family are kidnapped. The kidnappers, led by Paul Bettany (A Beautiful Mind, Wimbledon) swiftly demand his help to extract $100m, only for Ford to gradually become more and more reluctant to play ball, with predictably fractious results.

It's a fairly by-the-numbers plot at work here, temporarily livened by some interesting set pieces and decent performances by the cast. Yet an unfocused script and an overblown running time mean the film amounts to being little more than a throwaway thriller, ideal fodder for an easy night-in, assuming you've no wish to remember much about it the morning after. By Ford's own standards, that's not great, but it's the best that's on offer here. --Simon Brew

Synopsis

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.

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3.7 out of 5 stars

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 Nov. 2006
Format: DVD
In ancient times, kings would have everyone who constructed their primary defenses killed, and that was undeniably a pretty effective way of keeping anyone from discovering a backdoor entry into the castle. Obviously, things have changed a great deal since then, but it's still a fact that the biggest potential threat to any leader, company, or business is the guy who designed the security system. Crooks are well aware of this very thing, which brings us to the movie Firewall.

Harrison Ford plays Jack Stanfield, the network security chief at a medium-sized bank. After spending many years doing everything he can to protect his customers' data, he suddenly finds himself on the other side of the firewall when crooks take his wife and children hostage and demand he help them steal the bank blind by transferring a cool hundred million out of the accounts of its wealthiest customers. With his loved ones' lives on the line, he has little choice but to comply with their demands. Kept under constant surveillance and oftentimes accompanied by one of the conspirators, he has to go about his daily business, acting as if everything is fine, while trying to figure out the best way of bypassing his own security setup. Eventually, of course, he fights back, setting the stage for a rather action-packed ending.

The whole robbery plan is pretty darned elaborate. These guys would have needed to rob another bank just to be able to afford all of the equipment they put to use on this job. I definitely would have asked for more than 100 million dollars if I was the one who put the whole plan together.

Say what you will about the film's lack of originality, but I found Firewall to be a pretty exhilarating thriller.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. A. Keightley on 13 Aug. 2007
Format: DVD
I am fed up with films showing unnecessary levels of violence and excessive bad language. This is an action thriller worth watching, well acted and keeps you on the edge of your seat. Watch it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Joussef on 17 Aug. 2006
Format: DVD
I enjoyed watching this movie simply because I am a Harrison Ford fan, although I agree to certain extent with the other reviewers, concerning the pridictability of the story line, and the weak plot, but just imagine; you are watching this movie some years ago being acted by the then younger "Ford"...I am sure every one would have gone mad about it! Though I wish if "Ford" would now move to act his age. Having said that I still feel this was a very watchable movie and deserves four stars
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Red9 on 1 Oct. 2007
Format: DVD
If you are looking for a good thriller, not too violent/swearing, good paced and keep you hooked then Firewall delivers. Harrison Ford plays a fairly stereotype role for him, succesful husband, with kids then something goes wrong and he ends up embroiled in a situation and needs to save his family. The plot starts off quite well but lacks certain depth, before tailing off into a rather unlikely sequence of putting bank's money ahead of his family, before building to a non inspiring finale. Predictable ending with police car arriving right on cue, kind of sums up the movie. It's highly predictable for the most part, and the baddie doesn't have much of a scary edge, but it is still an equally enjoyable thriller that unless you are a really fussy film buff, should leaving you feeling you have seen a good entertaining film.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By littleskippy on 10 Nov. 2006
Format: DVD
Just watched this film and thought it was much better than I expected. I have seen all Harrison Ford's previous films and this is as good as them. It was a bit predictable but very enjoyable all the same. The action was brilliant and so were the family scenes. It has all been done before but there a lot of films worse than this out there.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. Lyndon on 21 Aug. 2006
Format: DVD
HF is head of IT security at a bank - robbers hold his family hostage while they orchestrate a perfect robbery. This time they pick on the wrong man, as HF fights back to protect his family and stop the bad guys.

Sounds good but sounds a little bit to similar to other "HF saves the day" films. And that is just what it is - BUT if you like that kind of film which I kinda do then it is perfectly watchable and does succeed to entertain though don't look for any hidden surprises or twist to the plot 'cos they are just not there. It does kind of run out of steam towards the end though and doesn't resolve all the issues that HF creates along the way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Kyle on 20 Jan. 2007
Format: DVD
I'm sorry, but i really liked this film. On the onset, yes, it looks like a predictable thriller with 2D characters and a daft plot. And yes, thats what it is. I won't deny it. A brave attempt is made to give layers to one of the henchmen, but it was unnnecessary. You have to take this for what it is, and when you do, it shines. Harrison Ford is brilliant; perfecting the 'wounded family man' and bringing emotion to this film. He also performs all (but one) of his his own stunt bits (watch the finale, the camera makes a point of getting his face in all the shots) and its done just right; - simple, don't make him do stuff a man of his age shouldn't be doing, and when he does something nuts, make him look as if he hurts...it really works. Similarly, don't expect anything other than a terrific villain from Paul Bettany and you'll be happy. Throw in some really silly dialogue "You get your money...when i get my family!", some silly gadgets, 24's Chloe, Robert Patrick and what do you get? You get a silly action film that tries to be nothing else. Absolutely brilliant.
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