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  • Summary: A bank security expert (Ford) and his family find themselves in jeopardy when a ruthless criminal mastermind (Bettany) attempts to infiltrate the bank’s computer system.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 38
  2. Negative: 6 out of 38
  1. 75
    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.
  2. 67
    It's the wrestling match between the banker and the bad guy that fuels the audience's adrenaline.
  3. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    The director, Richard Loncraine, doesn't generate much tension in Firewall's first half...The standard-issue climax is pretty exciting, though.
  4. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    One of the many disappointments of Firewall is how it squanders its own cast. Good character actors, including Robert Forster and Alan Arkin, are wasted--literally, in some cases, as the body count piles up.
  5. It disrespects Seattle. Not only is this yet another filmed-in-Vancouver movie that's supposed to be set here, it takes place in a blinding rainstorm of the kind only a Hollywood rain machine can make. As we all know, it never rains like that in Seattle.
  6. It's disconcerting to see Virginia Madsen, who was so marvelous in her 2004 comeback role in "Sideways" reduced to playing the terrified wife here.
  7. Firewall is a witless entertainment, and a derivative one, too; it's everything listless about Hollywood in February, everything discardable about the genre in general.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 29
  2. Negative: 5 out of 29
  1. MarilynZ.
    Mar 2, 2006
    It kept me on the edge of my seat. Loved every minute.
  2. ChrisB.
    Jun 28, 2006
    Incredibly funny!
  3. JeremyW.
    Feb 17, 2007
    Involving, interesting thriller that sucks you in and takes you for a ride. A lot of fun.
  4. MarkB.
    Jun 27, 2006
    Proving once again Ecclesiastes' claim that there's nothing new under the sun, this passable but forgettable actioner plays like a techno-geek update of one of Humphrey Bogart's last films, the 1955 thriller The Desperate Hours, in which Bogey and his gang of criminals hold an all-American family hostage in their home. This time out, Harrison Ford plays Fredric March's old role of the desperate but intrepid father, but the stakes have definitely been raised: ruthless Paul Bettany wants Ford to use his computer skills to drain money from the bank Ford's an executive at so Bettany can donate millions and millions to the Salvation Army. (Just kidding.) One of Desperate Hours' most pungent throwaway moments came when the understandably stressed March, who was forced to continue going to his office as though nothing were going on at home, is asked by an observant co-employee if he's all right and if there's anything he can do, and March snaps, "You can mind your own business!" Such behavior, while understandable under the circumsatances, is nevertheless unpleasant to watch, and one of the main problems with Firewall is that Ford is forced to behave this way ALL MOVIE LONG. Despite this and an acutely been-there-done-that final confrontation that belies the intriguing technological hooks that precede it, this manages to be surprisingly watchable in light of all the Adventures In Unwatchability that Ford has bludgeoned us innocent moviegoers with over the past few years: What Lies Beneath, K:19 The Widowmaker, Sabrina, Hollywood Homicide and the spew-inducing Random Hearts. (Hell, in comparison to the last three, Firewall is Raiders of the Lost Ark and Witness combined!) The energetic music score by Alexandre Desplat, which often makes the movie seem more exciting than it is, helps a bit; a really appealing supporting performance by MaryLynn Rajskub (who constantly makes her arrogant character on TV's 24 surprisingly sympathetic and fun to watch) helps even more. Given how she's frequently treated in this film, both the character and the actress deserve a promotion and raise--and quick! Expand
  5. StuartG
    Mar 1, 2008
    Ford will die in this role but he's what keeps the often hard- to- swallow story plodding forward-- at times it is suspenseful. Technology is the other familiar character (no nomination here however). Expand
  6. B.S.
    Feb 25, 2006
    It could only be concidered fair. There were a lot of bizzarre (seemingly unintentional) red herrings introduced that simply should not have been. The family is set up as being rowdy and seemingly dissobediant. And yet this doesn't remotely play into the plot. The scene structure is so by the numbers it's almost funny. Everything in the first act of the movie is introduced so as to be used later in the problems solution. It'd almost like to watch it again to see just how many things show up exactly twice. Once for establsihment and the other to aid in the solution. Expand
  7. EdwardV.
    Jun 11, 2006
    The worst movie Harrison Ford has ever starred in. A total , boring, contrived waste of time. Never been so disappointed. It started out as a mundane thriller, and just turned stupid about halfway through. All emotion was way overplayed, as if something interesting or exciting was happening. Ford's presence alone couldn't save this useless flop of a movie. Expand

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