This is the first movie I've seen with Harrison Ford in it since I met him. (Yes! I met him! How cool is that? We did not have a meaningful conversation or anything, but it was still pretty neat. And my kids' got his signature. Han Solo's signature! Sorry to all of you who've heard enough about this already.)
This movie totally sucked me in. I was tense pretty much the whole time, even during the opening credits, which is a montage of black and white surveillance photos of main character, Jack, and his family. (I also felt a little uncomfortable watching these creepy photos and realizing that I was doing the same thing when I took pictures of him at our little airport here. I'm not planning to use them for some evil purpose, but wouldn't it be weird if everybody wanted to take pictures of you? Weird and creepy.)
Yeah, so like I said, it totally sucked me in. For an action movie, it was surprisingly believable, with a minimum of "yeah, right" moments. And as Harrison Ford and the director pointed out in an interview on the DVD, they didn't resort to ridiculous space-age graphics on the computer screens. There was one important-to-the-plot shot with Jack's face reflected in the screen, which must have been somewhat manipulated into being, but no numbers and letters swirling around or anything stupid-looking like that. Which I appreciated.
Jon saw this on an airplane, but I think I might have to make him watch it again on a bigger screen someday. There are lots of movies with similar plots, where the bad guys hold the hero's family hostage and make him do bad stuff for them (like in the first season of 24), but Firewall was particularly good at getting me to alternately root for Jack against the bad guys and then Jack with the bad guys as he's actually committing the crime. It was good.