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FIREWALL: DVD

SYNOPSIS:
Computer security specialist Jack Stenfield (Harrison Ford) is a successful senior executive at a Seattle bank, who lives happily with his architect wife Beth (Virginia Madsen) and children (Jimmy Bennett, Carly Schroeder) at a beautiful ocean front house. When a ruthless and well prepared gang led by Bill Cox (Paul Bettany) invade their home with surveillance cameras and computers, taking Beth and the children hostage, Jack is forced to submit to their demands to hack into his own computer system and transfer millions of dollars into a secret offshore account. With his reputation and his family's lives at stake, Jack faces a tough adversary - and too little time.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
If you're wondering what's English actor Paul Bettany doing in the cast list, remember that Englishman Richard Loncraine directed him in Wimbledon. They evidently enjoyed working together. Here Bettany plays the ice cool baddie, Bill Cox, who engineers a scheme that will transfer $100 million from the Landrock Bank into a safe offshore account he and his cronies can draw on. All he needs is Jack Stenfield (Harrison Ford), the security specialist for the bank (which is in the midst of a takeover) to help him. So they take his family hostage and threaten to kill them unless decent Jack turns into their accomplice.

It's hardly original action thriller material, and you can predict the storyline from the early stages of act one. But of course that is a reassuring element of the genre, and for those wanting to see Harrison Ford go through his troubled family man turned by circumstances into hero routine, Firewall is as effective as any. It delivers its promise of a tense and expensive thriller in which good guys and bad guys are clearly marked, there is not much to think about and plenty of Hollywood filmmaking to watch-n'forget.

There is no humour in the film, and while the hand picked cast (like Alan Arkin playing a bank boss, Robert Forster as a banking friend, and plucky Mary Lynn Rajskub as Jack's secretary) is all first rate, there is a faintly tired feel to the film, mostly due to its derivative screenplay.

There are a couple of features plus the trailer on the DVD>

Published August 31, 2006

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FIREWALL: DVD (M)
(US, 2006)

CAST: Harrison Ford, Paul Bettany, Virginia Madsen, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Robert Patrick, Alan Arkin, Robert Forster

PRODUCER: Armyan Bernstein, Jonathan Shestack, Basil Iwanyk

DIRECTOR: Richard Loncraine

SCRIPT: Joe Forte

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Marco Pontecorvo AIC

EDITOR: Jim Page

MUSIC: Alexandre Desplat

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Brian Morris

RUNNING TIME: 105 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Roadshow

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: March 2, 2006

PRESENTATION: Widescreen; dolby 5.1

SPECIAL FEATURES: Firewall Decoded; Firewall: Writing a Thriller; Theatrical trailer

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Roadshow Entertainment

DVD RELEASE: August 17, 2006







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