We all know what we are getting with a Harrison Ford film: (1) A loving family thrown suddenly into peril; (2)the everyman father (Ford) who defies circumstance, overwhelming odds and sometimes the natural laws of physics to aid his family in overcoming the peril; and (3) lots of close-ups of raised eyebrows and slack-jawed looks of confusion, designed to convey that the character is befuddled just prior to his decision to kick some enemy ass.
Firewall has it all. And then some.
Unlike some of Ford's most recent movies, though, Firewall does have a frenetic pace that kept me interested in the outcome, and helped me overlook some of the more absurd and formulaic aspects of the plot. Good popcorn movie. **1/2