Firewall (film)

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Firewall
Firewall 2.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Richard Loncraine
Produced by
Written by Joe Forte
Starring
Music by Alexandre Desplat
Cinematography Marco Pontecorvo
Edited by Jim Page
Production
companies
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Release date
  • February 10, 2006 (2006-02-10)
Running time
105 minutes[1]
Country
  • United States
  • Australia
Language English
Budget $50 million[2]
Box office $82.8 million[3]

Firewall is a 2006 American-Australian crime thriller film directed by Richard Loncraine and written by Joe Forte. The film stars Harrison Ford as a banker who is forced by criminals, led by Paul Bettany, to help them steal $100 million. The film was a box office disappointment and received negative reviews from critics.

Plot[edit]

Jack Stanfield is chief of security of Landrock Pacific Bank in downtown Seattle. He is visited by a collection agency, claiming he owes $95,000 to their online gambling site. Believing the incident is due to an identity theft, Jack entrusts a colleague to take care of the claim. He goes out for a drink with Harry Romano who introduces him to Bill Cox, a potential partner. After they leave, Cox follows Jack into his car and forces him to drive home at gunpoint.

At home, Jack finds his wife Beth and two children unharmed, but under surveillance by Cox's henchmen. The next morning, Jack is given instruction to transfer $10,000 each from the bank's 10,000 largest depositors ($100 million total) to Cox's bank account. Cox rigs Jack with a camera and microphone to make sure he cannot ask for help without them knowing.

At Landrock Bank, Cox visits Jack, reintroducing himself as Bill Redmond, a potential partner. Cox asks Jack to give him a tour of the bank's security system. On the way back home, Jack attempts to bribe a henchman to betray Cox, but Cox kills the henchman. At home, Jack attempts an escape with his family, but his attempt is foiled. In retaliation, Cox gives Jack's son Andy a cookie containing nut products, sending him into an anaphylactic shock. Cox withholds the treatment (an EpiPen), until Jack acquiesces to their plan.

The next day, Cox forces Jack to fire his secretary Janet, fearing that she is growing suspicious. Jack initiates a wire transfer to send the money to Cox's offshore accounts. Before leaving, Jack uses an employee's camera phone to a picture of the account information on the screen. Cox then begins wiping his tracks. He forces Jack to delete security data and surveillance tapes, and use a virus to cripple the building's system. into disarray. Returning home, Jack finds the house empty except for Liam, one of Cox's men.

Realizing Cox has no intention of letting him live, Jack kills Liam. He tries to call Harry, but his colleague doesn't answer. Jack goes to Harry's house to inquire about Cox. However, Cox kills Harry with the gun he had earlier confiscated from Jack. Beth, held at gunpoint, leaves a message suggesting an affair on Harry's answering machine. This implicates Jack in Harry's death. In addition, the false $95,000 debts will be considered motive for Jack embezzling the bank's money.

Jack turns to the only ally he has left: his secretary Janet. She helps him retrieve the phone with the picture of Cox's account information. Jack calls Cox and announces a change of plans. Jack has hacked into his Cayman Island accounts and threatens to transfer the money away, unless Cox frees his family. During the conversation, Jack hears the family dog in the background, and realizes he can locate his family by the GPS tracking unit in the dog's collar. The signal leads him to an abandoned house. He tells Janet to call the police and approaches the house.

When one of his henchmen takes pity on the family, Cox kills him. Jack's daughter Sarah runs out of the house. Another henchman chases after her, but Jack runs him over with Janet's car. Cox, seeing that the tide has turned, panics and takes Beth and Andy to the upper floor. Jack enters the house and after a confrontation, he manages to kill Cox with a pickaxe, saving his family.

Antecedent[edit]

The film’s core plot has many parallels with the 1961 British production Cash on Demand.

Cast[edit]

Release[edit]

Box office[edit]

Firewall opened theatrically on February 10, 2006 in 2,840 venues, earning $13,635,463 in its opening weekend, ranking fourth in the domestic box office.[4] The film ended its run fourteen weeks later, on May 18, 2006, having grossed $48,751,189 in the United States and Canada, and $34,000,000 internationally for a worldwide total of $82,751,189.[3]

Critical reception[edit]

The film received largely negative reviews from critics. On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a 19% rating based on 156 reviews, with an average rating of 4.5/10. The site's consensus states: "Harrison Ford's rote performance brings little to this uninspired techno-heist film whose formulaic plot is befuddled with tedious and improbable twists."[5] Metacritic reports a 45 out of 100 rating based on 38 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[6]

Home media[edit]

Firewall was released on DVD on June 6, 2006 and opened at #2 at the DVD sales chart, grossing $10.8 million off 596,000 units. As per the latest figures, 1,286,600 units have been sold translating to $21.1 million in revenue.[7]

Accolades[edit]

Award Year Category Result Cast/Crew
World Stunt Awards
2007
Best Fight Nominated Jason Calder
Mike Carpenter
Young Artist Award Best Performance in a Feature Film - Young Actor Age Ten or Younger Nominated Jimmy Bennett

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FIREWALL (12A)". British Board of Film Classification. February 23, 2006. Retrieved December 29, 2015. 
  2. ^ http://www.the-numbers.com/movie/Firewall
  3. ^ a b "Firewall (2006)". Box Office Mojo. Internet Movie Database. May 19, 2006. Retrieved December 29, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Weekend Box Office Results for February 10-12, 2006". Box Office Mojo. Internet Movie Database. February 13, 2006. Retrieved December 29, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Firewall (2006)". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved December 29, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Firewall reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved December 29, 2015. 
  7. ^ Movie Firewall - DVD Sales. The Numbers. Retrieved 2010-11-20.

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