Firewall may well be the most dreary thing Harrison Ford has ever done. It plays like a cheap amalgam of movies he's already made, chief among them Frantic and The Fugitive. Here, he scurries about the streets of Seattle to find his kidnapped family and the killer who framed him for his partner's murder. But those things happen later on. First, there is the larger story that finds Ford, playing a bank security expert named Jack Stanfield, having to empty his employer's vaults of some $100 million, lest bad guy Cox (Paul Bettany) kill Jack's wife (Virginia Madsen) and two children. Cox's plan is strictly hackwork, too: He wants Jack to tap into the computers, find the accounts of the richest clients, and steal from them $10,000 each -- amounts they will never even miss. It's reminiscent of the dastardly plot hatched by Richard Pryor in Superman III, later appropriated and mocked in Office Space. One pities the movie that takes seriously a storyline already rendered punch line by its predecessors.
Director: Richard Loncraine
Writer: Joe Forte
Producer: Armyan Bernstein, Basil Iwanyk and Jonathan Shestack
Cast: Harrison Ford, Paul Bettany, Virgina Madsen, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Alan Arkin, Beverley Breuer, Matthew Currie Holmes, Eric Keenleyside, Jennifer Kitchen and Carly Schroeder