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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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Bank Employee #1
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Laurie
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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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10 February 2006 (USA)  »

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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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Trivia

Re-shoots/filming for additional scenes were done in November 2005 along the shores of Kamloops Lake in Kamloops, British Columbia. The front portion of the house had to be re-constructed because the set builders had torn down the house once filming was completed the previous spring. See more »

Goofs

The address on the account for the dog's tracking collar shows a Medina, WA address. The only body of water that Medina, WA is next to is Lake Washington. The house that is filmed throughout the movie is clearly shown on the edge of tidal waters indicating that it is not a Lake Washington waterfront home but next to the ocean (or Puget Sound). See more »

Quotes

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

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Features ReBoot (1994) See more »

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Bon Appetite
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Written by John Frizzell
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One of the better thrillers out there
2 May 2010 | by See all my reviews

I saw that 'Firewall' was coming on TV a couple of nights ago and wanted to catch Harrison Ford in action, as I'm a huge fan of his and I had not seen this. I have to say I was fairly entertained by the film. The plot is not so much different from the other films of this genre, but what stands apart from the rest is Harrison Ford's and the antagonist, Bill Cox's very real performances and some clever twists.

Computer security specialist Jack Stanfield (Harrison Ford) works for the Seattle-based Landrock Pacific Bank. A trusted top-ranking executive, he has built his career and reputation on designing the most effective anti-theft computer systems in the industry, protecting the bank's financial holdings from the constant threat of increasingly sophisticated internet hackers with his complex network of tracers, access codes and firewalls. His regular life is put into turmoil after his family taken is taken hostage by Bill Cox and his cronies.

Even though most of the story was predictable, that doesn't mean it wasn't entertaining. It has everything you can ask - big explosions, smart thinking actors, great acting (only by Harrison Ford and Paul Bettany). Cox played by Paul Bettany was very unnerving as the calm, cold, collected and clever villain. He was ruthless in killing his own men to make his point. I mean that is fairly common in this genre, still it was pretty good. Jack's repeated attempts to try and save his family along with the money was good to see. You could look at his eyes and you can see how much he loves his family and how scared he is for them and really wants their safety more than anything. The little kid, Andy with the allergy and Jack's secretary, Janet Stone played by Mary Lynn Rajkub are also very good. The climax with the burning car was not so believable. But even so, this is a more than average thriller that you would want to see. A rating of 5.6 on IMDb? I am shocked. Come on people, this is so much better than that. I really enjoyed the movie immensely.

7/10


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