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Firewall

10 Sep

Jack Stanfield (played by Harrison Ford) has a very happy life in Seattle. He’s married to his architect wife Beth (by Virginia Madsen) and they have two great children, Sarah and Andy (by Carly Schroeder and Jimmy Bennett). Jack has worked at the same bank for over twenty years and he has risen to the post of Chief of Security. He knows the bank’s computer system inside out – in fact, he’s developed most of the security software himself. One day, Jack is mystified to discover his personal security is compromised when someone posing has him runs up a huge online gambling debt – and from that point things start to get a bit strange. A business associate Bill Cox (by Paul Bettany) insists that Jack drives Bill to his home, without explaining why – when they arrive, Jack realises this is no ordinary business colleague.  Bill has designs on robbing the bank and plans to use Jack as the instrument with all the computer knowledge to commit the cybercrime for him.  However, Jack is prepared to do anything he needs to just to make sure his family are safe …..

This is a great movie.  The drama is well paced, the stunts are effective without being over the top and the performances are all great.  Harrison Ford and Virginia Madsen work well together on screen and Paul Bettany is an excellent white collar criminal – violent when he needs to be, cool, calculating but also just a little too greedy for his own good.  Jack’s colleagues at the bank are all well portrayed by Mary Lynn Rajskub, Alan Arkin and Eric Keenleyside – these are all strong support roles.  Actually, the direction and plot development does twist a little and at times the viewer may develop suspicions in people which turns out to be unfounded later in the story.  It’s good, plausible story, very entertaining and I enjoyed it.

Made in 2006.  Directed by Richard Loncraine

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