On paper, the plot of “Firewall” sounds like the latest Hollywood money pit driven by marquee names, extravagant explosions and, above all, the cookie-cutter action screenplay. Witness Jack Stanfield (Harrison Ford), a computer-security specialist, who explodes when Bill Cox (Paul Bettany, “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World”) threatens to kill his family if Jack doesn’t steal $100 million from his employer, a prominent bank.

Jess Cox
“Johnson Family Vacation 2: Scary White People.” (Courtesy of Warner Bros.)

Sure enough, in keeping with the formula, Jack must outwit a man who seems to predict his every move to survive the deadly game. But for Ford and Bettany, finding the realistic component beneath the superficial clich

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