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Paul Bettany and Harrison Ford in that film you didn't know they were both in.

Firewall is a 2006 American-Australian thriller film directed by Richard Loncraine and written by Joe Forte. The film stars Harrison Ford as a banker who is forced by criminals, led by Paul Bettany, to help them steal $100 million.


  • And This Is for...: Jack deleted the last of Cox's money for Harry's death.
  • Bank Robbery: With Harrison Ford, involves a bank robbery via electronic balance transfers.
  • Buy Them Off: Jack offers Willy five million dollars to help him and his family escape. Willy refuses, either out of greed or fear of his boss.
  • The Cavalry Arrives Late: The police show up practically the second after Jack killed the last bad guy.
  • Chekhov's Gun: In one of the first scenes, we see the sister yelling at the brother because his radio-controlled car causes interference with the television. Guess what Harrison Ford uses later to disrupt the villain's security system?
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  • Danger Takes a Backseat: The hero is kidnapped by two thugs waiting for him inside his car.
  • "Die Hard" on an X: Harrison Ford playing the same kind of character in Air Force One with Mary Lynn Rajskub playing the same type of helpful hacking heroine as her character Chloe O'Brien on 24. Together, they team up to save Harrison's family from a gang of thieves, thus making it feel what the end result would be if you combined Die Hard with Desperate Hours, Ransom (1996) and Swordfish.
  • The Dragon: Liam to Cox. He appears to be the one in charge of the other thieves when Cox is absent.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: One of Cox's thugs eventually sympathizes with Jack's family.
  • I Have Your Wife: Cox and his men take Jack Stanfield's family hostage in their own home as a means of forcing Jack to help rob the bank that he works at.
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  • The Perfect Crime: Cox planned on doing this from the very beginning. It involves killing the Stanfields regardless of his help, framing Jack for embezzlement and wrecking the bank's system, and even goes so far as to framing him for murdering Harry, his co-worker buddy and "partner" in the robbery in a jealous rage over Beth as Cox had Beth plant a false message saying that she was leaving him.
  • Sheep in Sheep's Clothing: Harry is introduced as a knowledgeable and helpful coworker of Jack. Then he's seen taking a call from Cox, the head hostage-taker, and talks about how a deal they have is working out and refers to Jack's role in it. Later, it's revealed that they were talking about a (nonexistent) job offer Cox made Jack for a legitimate business and that Harry is an Unwitting Pawn.
  • Sidekick: Jack's secretary Janet ends up helping him try to clear his name and rescue his family in the second half of the movie.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Cox loses his cool the moment Jack removed all of the money he robbed from his accounts.
    Cox: Your family are dead. You hear me, they are DEAD!
  • Would Hurt a Child: Bill Cox tricks Jack's son Andy (who has a peanut allergy) into eating a cookie with peanuts and ruthlessly withholds his EpiPen to further force Jack's cooperation.
  • Wrongful Accusation Insurance: While not out to clear his name, Harrison Ford's character, in the course of trying to save his kidnapped family: breaks into an apartment and arrives at a murder scene, gets his hands on the murder weapon, clearly leaving prints, takes a bank teller hostage at gunpoint, breaks into his ex-secretary's apartment and apparently forces her to help him after firing her earlier, and then hacks into the bad guys' account to erase their money.
  • You Have Failed Me: Bill Cox kill one of his own men, telling him: "We all make mistakes, Willy. Just not as many as you do. "
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Bill Cox uses a "too many mistakes" excuse to kill one of his own men.
  • You Said You Would Let Them Go: It's pretty obvious and predictable from the viewer that Cox wasn't going to let them go from the beginning when he said he would, because he's trying to commit The Perfect Crime.