Directed by Richard Loncraine, starring Harrison Ford, Paul Bettany, Virginia Madsen, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Robert Patrick, Robert Forster and Alan Arkin.
It's a question that would provoke much head-scratching at a table quiz but little in the way of arguments: name the last decent film Harrison Ford was in. A man with so many blockbuster hits to his name has, since the mid 1990s, wasted his time by being the garnish on a fair few turkeys. 'Firewall' sounded intriguing but it's yet another Ford non-event.
With the bank he helped build about to be taken over, security systems expert Jack Stanfield (Ford) is making sure that everything runs smoothly as the new bosses try the executive chairs for size. And it also seems that Jack is being headhunted for another venture, fronted by suave businessman Bill Cox (Bettany). But if the offer seems too good to be true then so is Cox: his plan is to Jack make rob the bank - and then blame it on him.
The appearance of computer screen opening credits sounds a warning bell and, sure enough, 'Firewall' is all sleek and little substance. It begins somewhat promisingly - with Ford's onscreen family held hostage and Bettany's ice cold gang leader explaining how his plan will proceed - but director Loncraine fails to crank up the tension and the result is a far-fetched film that offers nothing more than plenty of other below-par thrillers. A fine supporting cast - Madsen, Patrick, Arkin - is largely wasted and Bettany deserved a better script for his villain.
At 64, Ford playing the action hero is a no-no and makes you fear for 'Indiana Jones 4'. Here, he's fine in the race-against-time-scenes but the fisticuffs at the end are just plain corny. Worse still, it's the family dog which helps Ford save the day - along with some 'MacGyver'-inspired hi-tech shenanigans.
If you want to see how a heist movie should be done, spend your money on 'Inside Man'.