Harrison Ford stars in this suspense/thriller/action movie as a bank, business exec whose family has been taken hostage by bank robbers.  The bank robbers want Ford to hack into his job’s computers and remove $100 million from 10,000 of the bank’s wealthiest customers.  If he doesn’t comply with the robbers’ demands, his wife and two rugrats will take a dirt nap.

This is a decently made thriller that has one good surprise twist that caught me off guard.  It moves along at a good pace; and it’s enjoyable to see Ford try to outwit the bank robber that is tailing him and listening and watching him with a pen microphone/cam.  Ford’s attempt at ditching the spy pen is laughable; but hey, he’s a bank exec, not James Bond.  He’s supposed to stumble through his puny attempts at rescuing his family.  By the way, I was hoping the robbers would kill the boy rugrat.  I just found him annoying and goofy.  Plus I don’t like kids.   I would’ve given this movie high compliments if the boy was silenced forever.  That would have been a nice surprise, as Hollywood movies usually don’t kill off kids; and as a result, it adds to the predictability of Hollywood movies.

Anyway.  Ford is looking really old here.  But he still has the size to be formidable.  Thankfully, the movie doesn’t make him a bad-ass who easily whips the bad guys.  His fights are raw and clumsy, as they should be due to his character’s age and line of business.  I happen to like it.  It’s more realistic.

And so we get to my most memorable, movie moment of “Firewall,” and that would be the scene where Ford and the main bank robber — played by Paul Bettany — are in separate stalls in a bathroom.   They hear someone flush a toilet, and that same someone goes right out the door without washing his hands.  Bettany tells Ford something like, “And that’s why you shouldn’t eat peanuts at the bar.”

And that’s why I prefer not to shake people’s hands, with very few exceptions.  I prefer to give people a “pound,” or what you non-urban folks call a fist bump.

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