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Firewall (DVD) (WS)
Blowtorches, dynamite, getaway cars ... forget it. This is where thereal vault is.Binary code. Virtual money. All ones and zeros.PaulNilsson (Harrison Ford - Blade Runner, Star Wars films), a successfulsecurity chief for an international bank, finds himself a pawn in adangerous game when he receives word that his family has been kidnapped.The kidnappers, led by devious and ruthless mastermind Bill Cox (PaulBettany - Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World), force Paulto rob his bank and commit one of the largest thefts in history. Thesituation becomes more ominous when he realizes that he is being set upfor embezzlement and all traces of the real thieves will vanish. Whatfollows is a high-stakes game of cat and mouse as Paul uses his securityexpertise to try and turn the tables on the criminals]]>
- "Firewall Decoded: A Conversation with Harrison Ford and Richard Loncraine"
- "Firewall: Writing a Thriller" featurette
- Theatrical Trailer
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As bank IT expert Jack Stanfield, Ford faces all the challenges any network professional does day in and day out -- hacker attacks, equipment breakdowns, office politics, mergers and acquisitions, home invaders, and armed assault. Well, maybe not the last two.
The producer of Firewall strove for extreme technical accuracy. Unlike virtually every other movie depicting computers, the screens in Firewall don't beep with every character displayed, don't respond to silly commands like "solve problem," and don't have thousands of blinking lights. Every computer interaction is realistic, and screen close-ups actually make sense. In one early scene, Ford types an access control list into a Cisco PIX firewall, and what he types is legitimate Cisco code that would accomplish what his character says it would. Frankly, I've *never* seen that in any movie before.
There are some vigorous action sequences in the movie that portray a tad more physical activity than most of us experience during the workday. But that is the only flaw in this otherwise perfect rendering of the modern network guru. And for those skeptical about Ford's re-purposing of an iPod and fax machine into a screen scanner with attached storage, I ask "What? You haven't done that?"
immerse yourself into its plot without having to convince youself that its
believable, that anything is possible even though there is a one in 500 billion probability that something like this could happen. This is an identity theft genre film taken to the extreme. There are other films that deal with identity theft that are more believable, for instance The Net, starring Sandra Bullock. I'm naturally cynical, I suppose, but I kept asking myself, how could the bad guy in this film expect that he could possibly get away with this. This plot could have been more believable that if a terrorist group plotted to carry something out like this to fund their other terrorist operations rather than some greedy, murderous fiend who wanted to live a life of luxury on a South Sea Island. Other than that, there were enough elements that kept me interested enough to see it through to the end. However, I doubt that I would ever want to watch it again. Dan Casey