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(2006), PG-13 [R-13*] (1hr 40min)
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Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Pictures, Beacon Communications LLC, Beacon Pictures, Thunder Road, Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.
Distribution (US): Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.
Director(s): Richard Loncraine
Producer(s): Bruce Berman, Armyan Bernstein, Graham Burke, Jeff Clifford, Dana Goldberg, Basil Iwanyk, Charlie Lyons, Brent O'Connor, Jonathan Shestack
Written by: Joe Forte
Cinematography/Camera: Marco Pontecorvo
Music: Alexandre Desplat
Film Editing: Jim Page
Casting: Mary Gail Artz
Production Design: Brian Morris
Art Direction: Helen Jarvis
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
Firewall. A quality production to be sure. What else is to be expected from a film with Harrison Ford in the lead. But in this case, the film was better than Ford. Some outstanding performances. An intricate plot with enough plot elements to keep even the techno-geek engaged, each seamlessly woven into a somewhat smooth tapestry of entertainment. But ... this tapestry still has some of those little straight pins from the tailor that hold fabric panels together for stitching. Each pin poised to make a morally painful point.
Jack Stanfield (Harrison Ford) is the Vice President of Security for a major bank. Stanfield lives comfortably with his wife, Beth (Virginia Madsen), young son Andrew (Jimmy Bennett) and teen daughter Sarah (Carly Schroeder). In this subplot Hollywood inserts a few of the obligatory demonstrations of child arrogance and rebellion against parental authority. [Eph. 6:1 - 3, Col. 3:20]
For 20 years he has been protecting access to customer accounts. He built the bank's information system inside and out. He knows it. The bank knows it. And some bad guys know it.
Bill Cox (Paul Bettany) has devised an intricate plan to force Stanfield to transfer money from bank accounts into his foreign account totaling $100 million. Along with a dastardly crew, Cox becomes a temporary part of the Stanfield family as he holds Beth, Andrew and Sarah as hostages to force Stanfield to steal the money from his bank.
Initially, Stanfield knows nothing of the abduction of his family at gunpoint. It was not until after evening drinks with his new boss and Cox that Stanfield found out. As Stanfield left and got into his car, Cox held Stanfield at gunpoint saying "Your daughter has beautiful eyes" as Cox showed Stanfield a camera cell phone picture of Sarah in terror. It was then Cox announced his intent to kill Stanfield's family if Stanfield did not comply with Cox's demands.
With the Stanfield residence as his base of operations, Cox forces Stanfield into a step-by-step plan to execute the crime. And to throw salt on the wounds, Cox arranges for Stanfield to appear guilty not only for the electronic theft but other crimes as well.
Why this film is called Firewall I have no idea. It is not mentioned in the entire film. Maybe the name was adopted since a firewall is a security feature of computers to prevent electronic fraud and unauthorized access.
Some of the morally stabbing pins I used in allegory above included a saturation of the film with violence. Some were quite graphic but yet not gory. Much of the violence involved the two children [Luke 17:2, Matt 25:40] and the mother. Other matters of violence include an attempt to murder Andrew, threats to kill children, threat to break a young boy's knees and holding a gun to a child's head to extort the father into wrongdoing. Further, there are three rather graphic defensive killings in Firewall.
Arrogance and impudence are well demonstrated in the form of many uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary. [Isa. 13:11, Col. 3:8, 2Tim. 2:16]
Sexually oriented programming was limited almost entirely to matters such as vulgar gestures, innuendo and anatomical references. No nudity is seen and no one gets in bed with anyone.
Drugs/Alcohol content is limited to one scene an with alcoholic beverage and two references to alcoholic beverages. But the fact that booze was even mentioned invokes the findings of the American College of Physicians. See the links in the Scriptural reference. [Eph. 5:18]
The Offense to God investigation area found not only 11 uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive but four uses with it. [Deut. 5:11]
And there is a cold blooded, heartless gunfire murder plus another gunfire murder in Firewall.
There is so much violence and foul language in Firewall that it earned a final score of 43 which falls well within the scoring range (54 and below out of 100) earned by R-rated movies in the comparative baseline database. It is a strong R-13 (See "R-13" ). Though we have not been able to afford to compile all the massive data gathered since 2002, I see no evidence of the trend of that which we proved in 2000 and updated in 2002: that more that 60% of PG-13 movies are R-13. Even Harvard scientists proved the "ratings creep" in 2004 ... a full four years after the CAP Ministry did. And we used God's Word to prove it! (See Harvard Agrees With Us.)
There is more. The listing in the Findings/Scoring section itemizes all that was found.
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***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
(The objective heart of the CAP Analysis Model, independent of and insulated from the Summary/
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
Christian Educators Association International
|There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.|
|In the name of Jesus: |
Lord, Master, Teacher, Savior, God.
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