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Firewall , a review by samuelrichardscott




Firewall (2006) Region A/B/C UK Blu-ray

Overview:
It's an ordinary day at Landrock Pacific Bank - ordinary for everyone but I.T. expert Jack Stanfield. His wife Beth and children are being held hostage back at home. Their kidnappers have one demand: Jack must heist $100 million from the ultra-secure system he designed. And they'll be watching every move he makes.

Thoughts:
This is my second viewing of this movie having previously watched the DVD and it was just as good the second time around. Harrison Ford plays the character of the banker whose family is being held hostage very well but the real star performance here  is Bettany as the head of the criminal gang trying to steal $100million. Although it differs from your regular heist/hostage movie by using technology rather than going in all guns blazing it doesn't fail to let up on the action, with rarely a dull moment. Characters are developed reasonably well for the genre and the dialogue was also sufficient. The supporting cast, including Alan Arkin, Robert Forster and Mary-Lynn Rajskub also put in decent performances and are well cast in their roles. 3.5/5

(From Never Ending Movie Marathon (short reviews) on July 7th, 2011)

Member's Reviews

Dead Man Walking, a review by KinkyCyborg


Dead Man Walking



Title:Dead Man Walking
Year: 1995
Director: Tim Robbins
Rating: R
Length: 122 Min.
Video: Widescreen 1.85:1, Pan & Scan 1.33:1
Audio: English: Dolby Digital: Dolby Surround, French: Dolby Digital: Dolby Surround, Commentary: Dolby Digital: 2-Channel Stereo
Subtitles: Spanish

Stars:
Susan Sarandon
Sean Penn
Robert Prosky
Raymond J. Barry
R. Lee Ermey

Plot:Extras:
Scene Access
Audio Commentary
Feature Trailers
Production Notes
Closed Captioned
2-Page Booklet

My Thoughts:

First time watching this and what an intense, emotionally gripping movie it was. True story about Sister Helen Prejean, who at the request of a death row inmate, becomes his spiritual counselor. Inexperienced in such matters, confused and scared shitless, she knows she can't save his life but tries desperately to save his soul.

Maybe Susan Sarandon's finest performance and certainly worthy of the Oscar she received. You could tell how much of an emotional investment she had in this role as she took direction not only from director/hubby Tim Robbins, but from the actual Sister Prejean who was a consultant on the film. Getting first hand accounts of the last week of this convicted killer's life right up to his execution would help any actor get into their role, least of all a great actress like Sarandon.

Sean Penn also earned himself an Oscar nom for his role as the convicted killer whose pride, hatred and disdain for authority eventually works his way towards accountability, remorse and a small amount of redemption thanks to the kindness shown to him by Sister Prejean. No one can dispute Penn's convincing and powerful performances, particularly in difficult roles and he brought it home again in this one.

I'm not exactly sure what message Tim Robbins was trying to convey with this movie save perhaps simple compassion. Dead Man Walking provides plenty of ammunition for both sides of the capital punishment debate and I found it did little to sway my own opinion on the subject. The pros and cons were pretty much a wash and I'd love to ask Robbins that question if I had the chance. I'm also interested to hear other people's take on this movie who have seen it before. It's for sure one of those movies that can inspire spirited discussion, debate and pondering.

KC

Rating:

(From KinkyCyborg's Random Reviews 2010 on November 8th, 2010)

Member's TV Reviews

Psych: The Complete Fifth Season, a review by addicted2dvd


     Psych: The Complete Fifth Season (2010/United States)


Stars:Extras:
  • Audio Commentary
  • Bonus Trailers
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Featurettes
  • Outtakes/Bloopers
  • Never-before-seen extended version of "Dual Spires"


My Thoughts:
Last night I finished the fifth season of this series. I am still enjoying it quite a bit. Lots of good laughs and some interesting cases as well. This season also has a nice selection of extras as usual. And this season they dropped the montages. Which I have no problem with at all... as that is one extra I never seen the sense in. I mean all it is... is clips from different episodes in the season within a certain theme. I just watched the entire season... why do I now want to watch clips from the episodes I just watched?

Now that I am all caught up with the DVDs I need to see about watching the current season episodes that has aired... this way I can start watching this show as it airs.


My Rating:
Out of a Possible 5


(From Addicted2dvd's Random TV Series Watched on January 8th, 2012)