“Yes, as through this world I've wandered I've seen lots of funny men; Some will rob you with a six-gun, and some with a fountain pen ...”
-- Woody Guthrie, Pretty Boy Floyd
But fountain pens are passe; nowadays, it's all about cracking the VPN and breaking the WEP key. And Jack Stanfield (Harrison Ford) knows that, because that what he's paid to worry about. Jack has it all – great kids, great relationship with his wife, a gorgeous house full of high-tech toys and a job he's great at, directing computer security for a medium-sized bank group, stopping hackers and script kiddies and fraudulent transfers. But Jack has failed to think about the weakest link in the bank's security … himself. Led by the manicured, coolly methodical Bill Cox (Paul Bettany), a plan is set in motion to steal one hundred million dollars from Jack's bank. The plan has a good chance of succeeding -- especially since the crooks are using Jack as their inside man, and his wife (Virginia Madsen) and children held at gunpoint if he should get any clever ideas or develop a lamentable taste for heroics. …
This is the kind of role Ford can play in his sleep, and fortunately for Firewall, he doesn't. Director Richard Loncraine (Wimbledon, Richard the III) has turned Joe Forte's script into the film equivalent of a mid-range page turner – something you'd enjoy during a long plane flight (especially if you're in business class) but might not feel especially tempted to remove from the seat-back pocket after you've finished it and you're wrestling your carry-on from the overhead bin.