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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Leo Pedranski (as Bodhi Pine Elfman)
Emily Lang
Lindsey Ginter ...
Peter Burrell (as L.L. Ginter)
Martin Lynch
Jenny Lynch
Supervisor Hartley


Bruce Willis is an outcast FBI agent who protects a 9 year old autistic boy who is the target for assassins after cracking a top secret government code. Written by ShowBob <>

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Someone knows too much. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

3 April 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mercury Falling  »

Box Office


$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$10,104,715 (USA) (3 April 1998)


£1,027,487 (UK) (16 October 1998)

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What is really sad is the grain of truth in this story
17 August 2002 | by (East Lansing, MI) – See all my reviews

Mercury Rising is a very conventional "government bad guys" story about evil agents out to kill an autistic boy who can break their top code. Of course, the premise of the movie, that the government would rather kill someone who can break their code rather than fixing the problems with the code, is incredibly stupid. If one boy can break the code, isn't is reasonable that some other boy in Russia or wherever can also break it? If it has a flaw that allows the kid to find the pattern, doesn't it need to be fixed? Of course, not. We just kill the kid and pretend nothing ever happened.

But, what is really sad is that there is a grain of truth in this story. It is the policy of the US Government that TRYING to break codes is illegal. If you are smart enough to figure out that the DVD encryption has a major flaw, it's not the fault of the designers, it's your fault. Researchers who have discovered flaws in codes, watermarks, etc, have been arrested. This "head in the sand" policy has been around for a long time.

So, next time you see this movie, just think how easy it would be to combine this attitude with someone a bit too gung ho.

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