Who'd be a member of Harrison Ford's family? Have him for a husband or a father and you're almost guaranteed to end up kidnapped by terrorists, targeted by psychopaths or murdered by some nutjob with only one arm. In Firewall, a workmanlike thriller with spurious cyber-trappings, the price of living under his roof is being held hostage by a ruthless thief (Paul Bettany) with designs on the bank where Ford handles security. Yes, folks, it's Patriot Games with a laptop.
Director Richard Loncraine (Wimbledon) does his best to generate tension from Ford's thorny plight, which sees him try to pilfer $100 million from his clients' accounts while having his every word and deed monitored not just by Bettany's crack unit of evil technogeeks, but also a rival executive (Robert Patrick) who suspects him of foul play. But the hackneyed material ultimately defeats him, interminable waffle about computer networks and access codes doing little to refresh a by-the-numbers potboiler even its star looks bored by.
"DESPERATE TO MAINTAIN HIS LEADING MAN STATUS"
Not that he deserves our sympathy. The increasingly wrinkly veteran seems determined to age gracelessly, taking roles he's clearly too old for in a desperate attempt to maintain his leading man status. What's really depressing, though, is that he's somehow persuaded the likes of Bettany and Sideways' Virginia Madsen - criminally underused as his helpless spouse - to join him on this fool's errand. A reasonably exciting climax corrects some of the damage, but not enough to make it worth raiding your own savings for.