5.8/10
56,095
310 user 165 critic

Firewall (2006)

Trailer
2:13 | Trailer
A security specialist is forced into robbing the bank that he's protecting, as a bid to pay off his family's ransom.

Director:

Richard Loncraine

Writer:

Joe Forte
3 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Harrison Ford ... Jack Stanfield
Virginia Madsen ... Beth Stanfield
Carly Schroeder ... Sarah Stanfield
Jimmy Bennett ... Andy Stanfield
Gail Ann Lewis Gail Ann Lewis ... Bank Employee #1
Mary Lynn Rajskub ... Janet Stone
Matthew Currie Holmes ... Bobby
Candus Churchill ... Betty
David Lewis ... Rich
Zahf Paroo ... Ravi
Robert Forster ... Harry Romano
Robert Patrick ... Gary Mitchell
Alan Arkin ... Arlin Forester
Pat Jenkinson Pat Jenkinson ... Laurie
Eric Keenleyside ... Alan Hughes
Edit

Storyline

As a bid to pay off his family's randsom a security specialist named Jack Stanfield is forced into robbing a bank that he is protecting! His family gets kidnapped and taken to the middle of nowhere and it's up to Jack Stanfield to rescue his family and get the money back! Written by sjshed

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Everything He loves Is About To Be Used Against Him. See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Goofs

When Jack enters the bank branch in the airport to make the wire transfers, the teller swipes her proximity badge twice to unlock the door. The LED changes from red to green, as would be expected. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Bill Cox: [off-screen] Hello Jack.
See more »

Alternate Versions

Warning: Spoilers ahead. In the last scene of the theatrical version, Jack Stanfield, his wife and son are shown in a closing profile shot walking up a hill and it fades to black. In the DVD version, it ends with an extra scene in an overhead crane shot of two police cars arriving while the family is walking towards them. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Rifftrax: The Star Wars Holiday Special (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Jack's Blues
Written and Performed by Will Kaplan
See more »

User Reviews

 
Is there some secret conspiracy by movie critics to keep us from viewing decent movies like "Firewall"?
15 February 2006 | by rayovacSee all my reviews

I have absolutely *had* it with today's major film critics. I'm not sure if it is simply an occupational hazard where film critics (who are forced to view hundreds and hundreds of movies each year) simply become jaded to anything but the most original, different, off - the - beaten - path, out - of - the - box, innovative motion pictures or if they simply are so far out of touch with the average viewer that they are incapable of wallowing at our level of intellectual stimulation.

Whatever the cause, film critics continue to prove that only regular moviegoers who happen to have multiple graduate degrees in film, literature, and visual arts will understand their explanations of *what* is so good or bad about a particular movie. Further, only those of us who have actually *seen* the 12,000 or more films required to maintain a mental database of "what has already been done in film" can appreciate their basis for phrases like "tired", "cliche'", "retread", etc. The almost universal panning of "Firewall" may be the best example to date of this trend.

OK, I'll admit it...I must be a typical brain-dead consumer who plays right into the hands of the studios who attempt to regularly pry my hard - earned money away from me by pumping out "formulaic" films designed to optimize profit at the expense of "art". The simple truth, though, is this: films like "Firewall" are sometimes *exactly* what I am after...an escape! "Firewall" manages to put the viewer into the shoes of another "everyman"...or at least into the shoes of a man that an average Joe would like to someday be. Is it fantasy? Yes. But is it *plausible* fantasy and this is precisely what makes such stories so exciting. In this case, the 'normal guy who has started to arrive' at the rewards of his life's work is played (as perfectly as he has in so many similar roles) by Harrison Ford.

The plot them revolves around placing this character into a situation that we, if given the same stakes, would like to believe that we could also work through. Suffice to say that there are heroes and villains and a number of characters in - between who serve to help or hinder Ford's character...and in the process some of the complexities of our world land right in the lap of a man who would have preferred to not know about them to begin with. However, faced with the realities of the situation, Ford's 'Jack' rises to apply his own measure of right and wrong as best as he can.

To identify with this goal is not something that we should be ashamed of as viewers.

In the end, of course, sacrifices are made but the unwilling hero finds some measure of closure...no doubt with a more broad view of his world. The price to be paid, the extent to which his journey ends nicely (if at all), and the lessons learned (at least by the viewer) would require spoilers to disclose....suffice to say that some are predictable and some are not.

In the end, as long as we (the "average viewers") continue to watch the 6 to 36 movies per year that we do and as long as our lives continue to only cross the path of Hollywood on occasion, films like "Firewall" will continue to be an excellent escape for us and (I hope) we will continue to reward the studios for producing them without apology.

Unfortunately, the career critics will continue to become more and more distanced from the sensibilities of regular people and they will continue to discount such motion pictures as "below them".

For me, this is just fine....in a strange way, the critics are still serving their purpose: providing guidance as to what I should or should not view. The difference, of course, is that I believe now more than ever that I will be happy with the results if I do exactly the opposite of what they suggest.

In this case, viewing "Firewall" against their advice was absolutely the right decision to make.


15 of 24 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 310 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 February 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Wrong Element See more »

Filming Locations:

USA See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,635,463, 12 February 2006

Gross USA:

$48,751,189

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$82,751,189
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed