Richard Loncraine (2006)

12 Certificate


Our Score
Looking as old and exhausted as the dog-eared plot, Harrison Ford huffs and puffs his way through this flabby variation on The Desperate Hours with grafted on hi-tech trappings. The past-it action man plays a computer security specialist forced by psychopath Paul Bettany to hack into his own bank when his wife (a wasted Virginia Madsen) and children are kidnapped. Once past the reasonably tense set-up, disbelief and boredom set in as Richard Loncraine's get-the-job-done direction does nothing to transcend the film's formula chase thrills and contrivances. If Bettany's gang has been scrupulously monitoring Ford's family for a year, why don't they know his bank has been taken over by another financial institution when they pounce? And surely the first rule of hostage taking must be: leave all family pets behind. But that would leave us without the ludicrous climax.


A bank security expert's wife and children are kidnapped by a psychopath and his gang, who threaten to kill them unless he hacks into client accounts and embezzles $100million. However, he fights back, determined to outwit their every move before his family suffers. Action thriller, starring Harrison Ford, Paul Bettany, Virginia Madsen and Alan Arkin.

Cast & Crew

Jack Stanfield Harrison Ford
Bill Cox Paul Bettany
Beth Stanfield Virginia Madsen
Arlin Forester Alan Arkin
Gary Mitchell Robert Patrick
Harry Robert Forster
Janet Stone Mary Lynn Rajskub
Sarah Stanfield Carly Schroeder
Director Richard Loncraine
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner BrosGuidance: Violence and swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-ray