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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
Living in London during the Second World War means that people have a short-term view about most things – life becomes precious, relationships are valuable and love is to be cherished wherever it is found. Lieutenant David Halloran (played by Harrison Ford) is an American pilot stationed at an RAF base in England. He’s regularly running dangerous sorties with his squadron across the English Channel to France. Each sortie means one step closer to getting home, but also a much higher chance you may not make it back. One day, on a visit into London, Halloran meets a beautiful young British nurse when they are both caught in an air raid. She is mysterious and not like most other women he’s met in England. Their’s is an instant attraction and he wants to see her again, but she is very reluctant, which mystifies him further. This is the story of their love, it’s tentative beginning, its growth in complexity as other people get involved and its ultimate, unexpected but hear-warming conclusion – all played out in the chaos of “the blitz” and the humanity everyone tries to keep hold of during these times …
If you feel like a love story with some added (but almost laughable) war-time drama thrown in for good measure (and a good story), then this is the movie for you. As David Halloran, Harrison Ford displays his capabilities which would become his infamous and much-loved flawed character … Indiana Jones – the movies in this series began with “Raiders of the Lost Ark” in 1981. In this movie he is young, but still his charm is there. As nurse Margaret, Lesley-Anne Down is beautiful and styled exquisitely in the wartime fashions. The performances in the support roles are marvellous, Christopher Plummer plays Margaret’s husband, Paul, to a tee – he is charming, unaffected and totally in love with his wife. Their daughter, Sarah, is played by a young and confident Patsy Kensit – she earned an award nomination for her work in this role. You will probably also develop a huge affection for Halloran’s squad-mate, Lieutenant Cimino, performed beautifully by Richard Masur.
It’s a lovely, wartime romance and a nice movie – the “war” drama is only there for interest and the ending may surprise you. It’s good entertainment.
Made in 1979. Directed by Peter Hyams
Sargeant “Dutch” van den Broeck (played by Harrison Ford) is a Washington DC cop, happily married to his beautiful wife, Peyton (by Susanna Thompson) who’s a fashion director for an up-market department store. One Friday, Peyton is called away on business at the last minute and leaves a phone message for Dutch to let him know she’ll be away a few days. On the other side of town, Kay Chandler (by Kristin Scott Thomas) is an intelligent and capable candidate for the upcoming election who is totally focussed on her political image and her ambitions to change the world. Kay and her husband are busy professionals who both must travel as part of their jobs and who spend much of their marriage passing like “ships in the night”. On this day, an aircraft crashes into the river in DC but neither Kay nor Dutch take much notice as it’s a flight to Miami, not on the itinerary of either of their partners – until Dutch realises his wife is not yet home. He checks his messages and discovers she may be on the plane. He finds out that she is, in fact, on the plane but she has lied about the reason for her travels. At the same time, Kay discovers her husband is killed in the crash and a series of circumstances leads Kay and Dutch to lean on each other during this very difficult period in their lives.
I like this movie – the drama unfolds well and it is only predictable to a point. Both Harrison Ford and Kristin Scott Thomas are great. Ford plays his typical rough-around-the-edges kind of guy, who also has deep sensitivity and Scott Thomas is excellent as the stylish, no-nonsense political animal who is a straight-talker but who won’t admit to any vulnerabilities. I like it because it doesn’t go where you expect it to and doesn’t end in the predictable way. It’s a good drama, but probably a bit too long. There is a parallel (virtually redundant) storyline around Dutch’s work to investigate a murder, but this really only serves to show the audience that he is really a cop. The main interest is with the unfolding story of the partners who have been killed. A good movie.
Made in 1999. Directed by Sydney Pollack
In Portland, John Crowley (played by Brendan Fraser) is an advertising executive. He and his wife Aileen (by Keri Russell) are raising three children. Their two youngest, Megan (by Meredith Droeger) and Patrick (by Diego Velazquez) are afflicted by Pompe disease, a genetic disorder with a life expectancy of around nine years. Megan has just had her 8th birthday and a desperate John exhaustively searches for a cure for his children’s disease. He contacts Dr Robert Stonehill (by Harrison Ford) a researcher in Nebraska who has an innovative theory for a new mode of treatment. He’s totally focussed on his work – to the detriment of all else in his life. He’s also eccentric and difficult, but he needs funding for his work so he and John join forces to work on getting a cure developed. They need to navigate business politics to work with venture capitalists and rival teams of researchers but time is running short. Stonehill’s thorny style alienates most of their supporters and threatens to dissolve all John’s hope. They race against time to help the children who suffer from this nasty disease.
This is a nice movie. Harrison Ford is a natural as the abrasive and brilliantly eccentric Stonehill who has no care for anything but his work. Brendan Fraser is believable in this role and Keri Russell supports him well. Very well done to Meredith Droeger who is excellent as Megan. A good family movie.
Made in 2010. Directed by Tom Vaughan