Sunday, February 19, 2006

The Force Still with Harrison Ford

In Firewall, Harrison Ford plays a computer security specialist for a multinational bank whose family is held hostage by a group of bad guys. These evil men demand that our hero steal money from the bank he has been hired to protect. They want him to use his technological skills and transfer money to an account for the head bad guy, portrayed brilliantly by Paul Bettany, who makes an elegant and sadistic villain. If Ford refuses, his wife and two children will be killed.

Despite being over 60 years old, Ford still excels at portraying a man who can outwit and outfight anyone to save his family. Although it is somewhat difficult to accept him typing away at the computer, that happens only a few times in Firewall, and when Ford goes into action mode, the movie really comes alive.

My only complaint? The opening credits, with their grainy and jerky appearance, almost gave me a migraine before the film started. Thankfully, the rest of the movie was generally free of such annoying camera work.

As Ford explains in his TV interviews, Firewall is a great popcorn flick!


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