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Firewall (2006)

PG-13 | | Crime, Thriller | 10 February 2006 (USA)
A security specialist is forced into robbing the bank that he's protecting, as a bid to pay off his family's ransom.

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With his family held for ransom, the head security executive for a global bank is commanded to loot his own business for millions in order to ensure his wife and children's safety. He then faces the demanding task of thwarting the kidnapper's grand scheme, which makes him look guilty of embezzlement. Written by Anonymous

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Nothing Is More Dangerous Than A Man With Everything To Lose. See more »

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Crime | Thriller

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Rated PG-13 for some intense sequences of violence, and for some language | See all certifications »

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The Wrong Element  »

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$50,000,000 (estimated)

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$13,635,463 (USA) (10 February 2006)

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$48,745,150 (USA) (12 May 2006)
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The film was originally set to be directed by Mark Pellington. He quit before shooting began, following the sudden death of his wife Jennifer Barrett Pellington. See more »

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When Jack is driving with his secretary following the dog tracker, they turn right with the railroad tracks facing the drivers seat. But when he leaves her and walks off the car is facing the right and the railroad tracks are on the side of the passenger seat. See more »

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[first lines]
Bill Cox: [off-screen] Hello Jack.
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In Loving Memory Patricia McQueeney See more »

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Remake of Bellman and True (1987) See more »

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Angel
Written by Robert Del Naja (as Robert Del Naja), Grant Marshall (as Grantley Marshall),
Mushroom Vowles (as Andrew Vowles) and Horace Hinds (as Horace Andy)
Performed by Massive Attack
Courtesy of Virgin Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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Terrific first half, disappointing ending.
27 February 2006 | by (Ottawa, Canada) – See all my reviews

First off Harrison Ford is still capable of playing these roles, he certainly did not come off as unbelievable for the most part.

The first hour or so of the movie is top notch and plays out exactly as any good action film should, the bad guys outmaneuvering the good guy at every turn so the audience hates them even more.

Unfortunately the second half of the movie is nowhere near as strong and I believe part of this is because Paul Bettany just does not play a convincing bad ass. He's a good actor, don't get me wrong, but he's far too lenient and soft compared to similar characters from other action movies. There is a scene where Ford and family attempt an escape, only to be foiled by their captors. Following this, Bettany does respond with a nasty act, but I kept expecting him to shoot (non-fatally) one of the family members or beat them with a club or other blunt object. There were also some logic issues that bugged me, but I won't get into them here as I do not want to spoil the film for those who haven't seen it.

Despite what I mentioned above, I found the movie to be well worth the cost of admission and a fun way to spend two hours.


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