Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Not Bad for 61

Really enjoyed seeing Harrison Ford's new movie "Firewall" tonight. Ford plays a bank's senior executive in charge of computer security. Bad guys kidnap his family and attempt to force Ford to electronically steal $10 million from the bank. It doesn't matter that you know a movie with Harrison Ford in it isn't going to let the bad guys win. It's a well put together thriller.

Set in Seattle, I was surprised to see Ford's character -- who limits risk for a living -- commuted to downtown Seattle daily on the Alaskan Way Viaduct. Five years ago a report by independent engineers said the AWV had a 1 in 20 chance of collapsing in a earthquake in the next 10 years. Maybe this is the filmmaker's way of signaling that deep down Ford's character was a Bad Ass.

I read that Ford did all of his own stunts for the movie, including the fight scenes. There's one scene where Paul Bettany's character throws Ford through a window. I understand that not only did Ford insist on not using a stunt double, but that the scene required several takes and that Ford even replaced the windowpane himself between takes (once a carpenter....)

When are they ever going to make the next Indiana Jones movie?

It was also fun to see my neighbor, Robert Forster, show up in the movie as a banking colleague of Ford's.

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