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Jack's family are held captive as he struggles to carry out Cox’s instructions without getting caught, he searches for a way to manipulate the system in his favor – anything that might give him an edge over his captor and something to bargain with for the release of his family. But if Cox recognizes a trap it could only make matters worse.
Action Thriller - The ads play up action, but this is not a typical Harrison Ford
adventure but more of a plot-driven thriller with some action
elements. Most of the film is talky, with most of the action and
explosions occurring in the final stretch.
PROFANITY: 1 F-word, 11 S-words, 4 GD's, a few others. SEX/NUDITY: None. VIOLENCE: Fights and some bloody shootings/beatings. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some alcohol. ACTION: Explosions, chases, and fights. COMEDY: None.
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Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Good Firewall belongs in the upper echelon of generic thrillers. These are movies that get us involved in the plot, have us rooting for the hero, then evaporate from the mind once the end credits are over.
Roger EbertFull Review Good 'Firewall' is an ingenious attempt to update an old plot with new technology, and it is made with competence, skillful acting, and the ability to make us feel cleverer about digital stuff than we really are.
USA TodayFull Review Average Firewall might be worth renting on an inclement weekend when the pickings are slim. It does have some tense moments — even if some of the technical plot points don't quite scan. But, overall, it just feels like a rehash.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 162 moviegoers:The critics couldn't decide if "Firewall" was a good or a bad movie and neither could moviegoers. The critic opinions are as mixed as our moviegoer opinions. The first thing I noticed about our opinions is the low percentage of "Fantastic" opinions and the high percentage of "Excellent" and "Very Good" opinions. What this tells me is that most felt "Firewall" was a very enjoyable movie, but not necessarily a great movie. Fortunately, there are very few low opinions so most will enjoy it, at least to some degree. With these opinions I have no problem recommending "Firewall."
Computer security specialist Jack Stanfield (HARRISON FORD) works for the Seattle-based Landrock Pacific Bank. A trusted top-ranking executive, he has built his career and reputation on designing the most effective anti-theft computer systems in the industry, protecting the bank's financial holdings from the constant threat of increasingly sophisticated Internet hackers with his complex network of tracers, access codes and firewalls.
Jack's position affords a comfortable life for him, his architect wife Beth (VIRGINIA MADSEN) and their two young children – a standard of living that includes a beautiful home in an ocean-front community outside the city.
But there's a vulnerability in Jack's system that he has not accounted for: himself. It's a vulnerability that one very ruthless and resourceful thief is poised to exploit.
Bill Cox (PAUL BETTANY) has been studying Jack and his family for the better part of a year; monitoring their online activity, listening to their calls and learning their daily routines with an arsenal of digital video recorders and parabolic microphones that tap into the most personal of information. He knows the names of their children's friends, their medical histories, and the I.D. code for the security station that guards their neighborhood.
Having methodically infiltrated every aspect of Jack's identity, Cox is now ready to make good on his investment.
Leading a tight team of mercenary accomplices, he seizes control of the Stanfield house, making Beth and the kids terrified hostages in their own home and Jack his unwilling pawn in a scheme to steal $100 million from the Landrock Pacific Bank.
With every possible escape route shrewdly anticipated and blocked by Cox, every potential ally moved out of reach and the lives of his wife and children at stake, Jack is forced to find a breach in his own formidable security system to siphon funds into his captor's offshore account – incriminating himself in the process and eradicating any electronic evidence that Cox ever existed.
Complicating matters, the bank is being taken over by a larger corporation, financial giant Accuwest, which brings Jack's operating procedure under uncomfortable scrutiny and hampers his ability to access and manipulate data. Integral equipment has been recently moved off-site – equipment Jack needs to fulfill Cox's orders – forcing him to improvise with the technology at hand.
Under constant surveillance, he has only hours to accomplish the risky transactions while desperately hunting for a loophole in the thief's own impenetrable wall of subterfuge and false identities to save his family and beat Cox at his own game.