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Firewall

action & adventure, thrillers


Firewall stars Harrison Ford as bank security expert Jack Stanfield, whose specialty is designing infallible theft-proof financial computer systems. But there's a hidden vulnerability in the system he didn't account for - himself.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    19%
  • Audience Score
    37%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 13
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
Language
4 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Sex
0 out of 5
Violence
3 out of 5

Harrison Ford as action hero again. Teens and up.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this film considers fears of surveillance, with characters showing both anxiety and ingenuity trying to avoid it. It includes multiple tense scenes, as well as violent scenes, both abrupt (as when the villains burst into the family's home and again when the chief villain whomps Jack across the face) and sustained (a prolonged, bruising, bloody fight scene at the end). References are made to online gambling and identity theft. The family's escape attempt appears in fast cuts and jarring images; a child who is allergic to nuts suffers an alarming, nearly fatal reaction. Villains brandish guns, and three men are shot on screen, upsetting other characters who observe. Characters use mild language and a villain's dumping of the family dog leads to the mom's and kids' tears.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the insecurity of online exchanges, of information, money, and identities. What does Jack's change from compliant victim to agitated hero suggest about the consequences of pushing "nice guys" to the edge? How must Jack give up some of his authority (at least until the film's climax), to prevail over his more predictable enemies?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    19%
    reviews counted: 29
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  • Audience

    37%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Firewall is barely worth seeing, despite its above-average cast.

- Andrew Sarris, New York Observer, Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Rotten: A solid ensemble almost saves Firewall, but, in the end, it goes up in campy flames.

- Brian Tallerico, UGO, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten: The movie is so disposable that you won't remember you've seen it.

- Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

2 stars

Leave my family alone! Get off my plane!

- Chiefilms, Friday, August 20, 2010

3 stars

While it is nowhere near Harrison Ford's best attempt, it is a fun movie and highly entertaining. It has beautiful visuals and decent performances. The plot was actually pretty interesting and a different kind of heist attempt.

- ythelastman89, Friday, November 20, 2009

3 stars

Quite typical of this style of film, so not particularly original, yet it was easy watching and had some good little technical moments. Definitely a film worth watching, liked the mix of Harrison Ford and Paul Bettany in this.

- 76Majikat, Friday, November 13, 2009