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Mercury Rising (1998)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  3 April 1998 (USA)
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Shadowy elements in the NSA target a nine-year old autistic savant for death when he is able to decipher a top secret code.

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Storyline

Bruce Willis is an outcast FBI agent who is assigned to protect a 9 year old autistic boy who is the target for assassins after cracking a top secret government code. Written by ShowBob <showbob@geocities.com>

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boy | nsa | fbi | assassin | puzzle | See All (135) »

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The boy no one could reach. The code no one could crack. The agent no one could stop. See more »


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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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3 April 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mercury Falling  »

Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£457,292 (UK) (2 October 1998)

Gross:

£1,027,487 (UK) (16 October 1998)
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Trivia

"Mercury Rising" was released on Alec Baldwin's 40th birthday. See more »

Goofs

The sound effect of a tooting locomotive air horn is incorrect for a Chicago CTA "L". CTA trains make a whistle-like bleeping sound. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
FBI Supervisor Hartley: Let's go down.
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London Jam
Written by Pelham Goddard and Christopher 'Tambo' Herbert
Performed by Chicago State University Steel Band
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Better Circa 2004
30 August 2004 | by (Berkshire, England) – See all my reviews

I just watcehd this on DVD, loved it and was literally stunned to find that most people, in particular those that write movie reviews for a living slated this.

Maybe its because in 2004, some six years after its original release we are seeing a revival of the action/thriller (Bourne Supremacy etc).

So, what didn't I like, not much. I would like to have seen more made of the kids codebreaking, they could really have milked that and didn't, the opening scene was just to cliché in setting up Willis's character as were the characters of his big black boss and hard nosed chief. The very last scene was typical US syrup but was thankfully very short.

What was good? everything else, I loved the idea behind the story, Miko Hughes is totally amazing to the point I had to check the next day to find out how the hell they managed to get a autistic kid to act (is isn't autistic but is a damn fine actor), Willis really does add vulnerability to a role that he has played many times before, with the movie underpinned fantastically with a John Barry soundscore and Harold Becker carefully crafts what for me was a very enjoyable movie watching experience and stands head and shoulders above many I have seen recently. 3/5 for me


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