February 20, 2006 12:00 PM

Harrison Ford, Virginia Madsen, Paul Bettany

BY LEAH ROZEN

THRILLER

Perseverance is a virtue—one exhibited in abundance by both Ford and his character as they grimly make their way through this dreary and generic thriller. The set-up: an evil smoothie (Bettany) and his gang break into the home of Jack Stanfield (Ford), a computer security expert at a Seattle bank, tie up Jack’s wife (Madsen) and two kids and threaten to kill them if Jack doesn’t help electronically transfer bank funds into an offshore account.

As Jack tries to outwit the thieves and save his family, it’s same-old-same-old. Ford has traveled this road too many times; from the exhausted look on his face and weary posture, he knows it. Firewall‘s uninspired script boasts not a shred of humor—one desperately misses the tough guy quips that Bruce Willis tosses off in similar films. Heck, even Ford has been known to utter ’em in the past. Forty minutes into Firewall, Madsen says hopefully, “This is all gonna be over soon.” You’ll find yourself heartily wishing it so. (PG-13)

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