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Firewall (2006)

PG-13 | | Crime, Thriller | 10 February 2006 (USA)
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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
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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
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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 February 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Wrong Element See more »

Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,635,463, 12 February 2006, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$48,751,189

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$82,751,189
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

While on set filming, Paul Bettany taught Carly Schroeder how to play guitar. See more »

Goofs

In the bathroom scene, Bill Cox is in a stall while Jack (in the next stall) is transferring files. Bill notices and verbally points out that someone entered the bathroom and leaves without washing his hands. When they are done they both leave the bathroom without washing. Even though Bill Cox didn't "use" the facilities he still touched many areas in the bathroom that are touched by people who haven't washed yet after "using" the facilities. The germs he tells Jack about are the same as he transferred onto his own hands. See more »

Quotes

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

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Senza Fine
Written by Gino Paoli
Performed by Monica Mancini
Courtesy of Concord Music Group, Inc.
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Solid thriller despite being mostly unremarkable stuff
11 September 2008 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Jack Stanfield may be an old man but he has a young wife, couple of young kids AND is pretty hot on the old computers, working as he does as head of systems security for a small bank chain that has recently merged with a larger firm. His comfortable life is thrown into disarray when a group of armed men led by the distinguished and cruel Bill Cox seize his house and his family. The deal is simple – unless he helps them transfer millions of pounds from many of the banks accounts by accessing the system, they will kill his family one at a time. Given that none of the men are masked, Jack suspects that this will happen anyway and, while going along with them, frantically tries to work out a way to safety.

This film did reasonable but unspectacular business at the box office and perhaps that is only fair given that is also a very adequate on the film itself as it is solid but nothing special at all. The plot is a bit of the problem as the computer world and the house both act as constraining factors that do not allow for a great number of set pieces to get the heart racing. Nor does it provide much in the way of mystery although it is clever enough to provide distraction and a general sense of peril. Much of this comes from the performances though, which despite not being brilliant are at least functional for this film. I didn't need a fourth Indiana Jones film to tell me Ford was getting old, because he demonstrates it here with an absurd fight scene at the end. Up till then though he is not actually too bad and age doesn't prevent him from doing anything in particular. Bettany is pretty good alongside him and plays a bit of a cookie-cutter character with a bit of class. Madsen is lumbered with the "wife in peril" role but fills it well (better than the two kids anyway). The support cast features very minor turns from faces such as Forster, Patrick, Arkin, Rajskub and a few others of note – not sure what attracted them but they add a bit of class to the film anyway.

Ultimately director Loncraine cannot make the most of all these bits and, while doing a good job, he doesn't really ever get the tension ratcheted up to the level of any of the many better "normal guy in peril" type roles that Ford has done over the last few decades. It is "OK" but I was a bit disappointed that he didn't manage to make the house feel "smaller" with the gang in it, or that he never really got anything crackling between Bettany and Ford. It is a reasonable film nonetheless and it distracted me but only that – it will certainly fade in my memory quickly and certainly doesn't do anything for Ford other than keeping him busy.


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