For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Heist Films, here’s a review of Firewall (2006) by Darren of Movie Reviews 101
Thanks again to Drew of Drew’s Movie Reviews. for choosing this month’s genre.
Due to the Jewish holiday of Passover which falls out this year at the end of April, I will be mostly unavailable for a week, so I decided to postpone GG until May.
May’s Genre has been chosen by Damien of Riley Central. We will be reviewing our favorite Adventure Movies.
Please get me your submissions by the 25th of May by sending them to firstname.lastname@example.org Try to think out of the box! Great choice Damien!
Let’s see what Darren thought of this movie:
Director: Richard Loncraine
Writer: Joe Forte (Screenplay)
Starring: Harrison Ford, Paul Bettany, Virginia Madsen, Carly Schroeder, Jimmy Bennett, Mary Lynn Raskub, Robert Patrick, Alan Arkin
Plot: A security specialist is forced into robbing the bank that he’s protecting, as a bid to pay off his family’s ransom.
There may be spoilers the rest of the review
Verdict: Solid Thriller
Story: Firewall starts as we see family man Jack (Ford), wife Beth (Madsen) and children Sarah (Schroeder) and Andy (Bennett). Jack works for a bank and prides himself on the software security. When Jack finds himself targeting first by online fraud he finds his late night meeting with Bill (Bettany) has alternative plans by taking his family hostage.
The plan is for Jack to go about his normal day while the kidnappers stay at Jack’s home to force him into helping them rob the bank. The problem comes with Jack as his bank is in the middle of a potential merger being handled by Gary (Patrick) who hasn’t taken too fondly of Jack.
While Jack tries to find a way to get his family safe he tests Bill’s patience while also trying to keep his career safe against the new take over can he make it all work out and save his family?
Firewall is a crime thriller that is a bank heist with a twist, yes we do get the idea where the bank worker has to do robbery, but what works here is the cyber side of the heist comes slightly original. The idea of having the family as bait also works but knowing the family will be killed means he has to fight back. The problem comes with a lot feelings of repetitive ideas which while solid easy to watch.
Harrison Ford: Jack has been working for a bank that he has helped grow from the ground up, on the verge of a merger that will have him and his partner having to make a difficult choice. With that going on Jack also finds himself being the victim of a plot to rob the bank where his family’s lives are put at risk. Harrison is good in this role but nothing we have seen it before from him.
Paul Bettany: Bill is the man holding Jack’s family hostage as he has carefully planned this, he comes of charming but equally as dangerous when it comes to tricks. He will kill his own men for being incompetent and will risk hurting Jack’s children to make sure he gets the money. Paul is good in this role where we get to see him take the role of British villain.
Virginia Madsen: Beth is the wife of Jack who has to spend the time with Bill’s men while protecting her children. Virginia is solid in this role without being too impactful.
Robert Patrick: Gary is the man planning the merger, he doesn’t like Jack after first impression which leaders to Jack having to impress him while protecting his family. Robert is good in this supporting role but I think we need a final scene with him.
Support Cast: Firewall has a supporting cast that you would expect to see in this type of film.
Director Review: Richard Loncraine – Richard gives us an easy to thriller that doesn’t take enough risks.
Crime: Firewall enters us into the world of a bank heist that really shows both sides of the battle.
Thriller: Firewall keeps us one edge as we try to see how the Jack will solve the problem.
Settings: Firewall uses the settings to make everything simple for the story without making anything original.
Special Effects: Firewall has a couple of solid effects when needed but doesn’t turn to them too often.
Suggestion: Firewall is one to try as it will tick all the basic ideas down correctly. (Try It)
Best Part: Bill twisted message with the cookies.
Worst Part: Not much new.
Chances of Tears: No
Chances of Sequel: No
Post Credits Scene: No
Oscar Chances: No
Runtime: 1 Hour 45 Minutes
Tagline: Everything He loves Is About To Be Used Against Him.
Overall: Enjoyable thriller that never really tested.