Tuesday, February 14, 2006
Being a big Harrison Ford fan I chose the movie me, my mom and sister watched just now over all the others, Firewall. With its promise of non-stop slam bang action scenes coupled with detective investigations like in his previous movies (The Fugitive, Clear and Present Danger, The Patriot, etc.) my expectations were all set to be met. And indeed they were met as everything was right on target. Unfortunately this bred a bit of familiarity with what should be expected from Mr. Ford. Blame it on the Hollywood producers and moguls for typecasting him in action plus sleuth movies when we all could be on the look out for the next project that could be compared to his roles in his previous movies like Regarding Henry, Six Days Seven Nights, Sabrina, or even Random Hearts.
The movie was good overall, but there were a few holes here and there that could have been patched up. There wasn't much of high sense of urgency overall the movie especially after the part where the villains' plans crumbled to pieces halfway through the movie. Given the impression you'd know that Mr. Ford's character will soon catch up with them and turn the tables around. That's my beef with this movie, if the main villain had it all planned out as he once gloated to his captives why do we get a sense of panic from them after a blunder? They weren't at all like the bad guys of "Die Hard" who had the right amount of nastiness to make the hero's exploits really shine. The acting from most of the lead actors were top notch (kudos to the actress who played his wife, Virginia Madsen) but it was ok for some. It's still worth checking out if you do happen to pass by the theaters while it's still on.
* Check out also the review in Hollywood Jesus for more insightful reactions to this good movie.