Saturday, June 10, 2006

Firewall: Grade D



Harrison Ford, Paul Bettany, Virginia Madsen, Alan Arkin, Robert Forster

With all due respect, Harrison Ford is way to old to be chasing after bad guys. He can hardly walk upright. Needless to say, he is also way too old for Virgina Madsen. Skillful editing blends the stunt doubles ok, but somebody should slip him the word: he is no longer credible as an action figure. Of course, what else would he do? His facial acting ranges from scowl to frown, his vocabulary from grunt to mumble. He doesn’t need the money, so why wouldn’t he want to preserve his dignity at least? Bad guys hold his family hostage to force him to rob his own bank. How many times have we seen that one before? The plot is like swiss cheese. The technical gizmo for breaking into the computer (a fax scanning rod taped to a CRT, wired to an iPod), is laughable though creative. The good parts are reasonable acting by a strong cast (HF excepted), and the music. Paul Bettany makes a good evildoer.

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