MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 245 this week

Mercury Rising (1998)

 -  Action | Crime | Drama  -  3 April 1998 (USA)
6.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.0/10 from 46,402 users  
Reviews: 124 user | 75 critic

Shadowy elements in the NSA target a nine-year old autistic savant for death when he is able to decipher a top secret code.

Director:

Writers:

(novel), (screenplay), 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 23 titles
created 03 Nov 2010
 
a list of 23 titles
created 23 Oct 2011
 
a list of 37 titles
created 02 Dec 2011
 
a list of 26 titles
created 18 Dec 2011
 
a list of 28 titles
created 22 Jan 2012
 

Related Items

Search for "Mercury Rising" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Mercury Rising (1998)

Mercury Rising (1998) on IMDb 6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Mercury Rising.

User Polls

2 wins. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Siege (1998)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The secret US abduction of a suspected terrorist leads to a wave of terrorist attacks in New York that lead to the declaration of martial law.

Director: Edward Zwick
Stars: Denzel Washington, Bruce Willis, Annette Bening
Hostage (2005)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A failed police negotiator turned small town cop, must save the lives of a family held hostage, which draws him into a much more dangerous situation.

Director: Florent-Emilio Siri
Stars: Bruce Willis, Kevin Pollak, Serena Scott Thomas
16 Blocks (2006)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

An aging cop is assigned the ordinary task of escorting a fast-talking witness from police custody to a courthouse. There are however forces at work trying to stop prevent them from making it.

Director: Richard Donner
Stars: Bruce Willis, Mos Def, David Morse
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A police sergeant must rally the cops and prisoners together to protect themselves on New Year's Eve, just as corrupt policeman surround the station with the intent of killing all to keep their deception in the ranks.

Director: Jean-François Richet
Stars: Ethan Hawke, Laurence Fishburne, Gabriel Byrne
Payback I (1999)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Porter is shot by his wife and best friend and is left to die. When he survives he plots revenge.

Director: Brian Helgeland
Stars: Mel Gibson, Gregg Henry, Maria Bello
Patriot Games (1992)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

When CIA Analyst Jack Ryan interferes with an IRA assassination, a renegade faction targets him and his family for revenge.

Director: Phillip Noyce
Stars: Harrison Ford, Sean Bean, Anne Archer
Man on Fire (2004)
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

In Mexico City, a former assassin swears vengeance on those who committed an unspeakable act against the family he was hired to protect.

Director: Tony Scott
Stars: Denzel Washington, Christopher Walken, Dakota Fanning
Taken I (2008)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A retired CIA agent travels across Europe and relies on his old skills to save his estranged daughter, who has been kidnapped while on a trip to Paris.

Director: Pierre Morel
Stars: Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen
Chaos II (2005)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Two cops, a rookie and a grizzled vet, pursue an accomplished bank robber.

Director: Tony Giglio
Stars: Jason Statham, Ryan Phillippe, Wesley Snipes
Speed (1994)
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A young cop must prevent a bomb exploding aboard a city bus by keeping its speed above 50 mph.

Director: Jan de Bont
Stars: Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper, Sandra Bullock
Faster (2010)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

An ex-con sets out to avenge his brother's death after they were double-crossed during a heist years ago. During his campaign, however, he's tracked by a veteran cop and an egocentric hit man.

Director: George Tillman Jr.
Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Billy Bob Thornton, Maggie Grace
Batman Begins (2005)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

After training with his mentor, Batman begins his war on crime to free the crime-ridden Gotham City from corruption that the Scarecrow and the League of Shadows have cast upon it.

Director: Christopher Nolan
Stars: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Ken Watanabe
Edit

Cast

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

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

nsa | fbi | assassin | puzzle | 9 year old | See more »

Taglines:

Someone knows too much. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

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)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

| | |

Color:

(Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39: 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Goofs

In the final part, when Stacey and Simon look to the huge building they about to enter outside it's still day light; after a few minutes, when they are on the roof of the building, outside looks like midnight. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
FBI Supervisor Hartley: Let's go down.
See more »

Connections

References Ricki Lake (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Evil (Is Going On)
Written by Willie Dixon
Performed by KoKo Taylor
Courtesy of Alligator Records
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

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.


89 of 132 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Cryptology 101 Coal
This has got to be... DJFRYER
John Barry - Mercury Rising score hacrologix_relogix
Ironic Title smilindano
10 years already!? zee_deveel_17
Serious plot flaw in the hospital rohosmit
Discuss Mercury Rising (1998) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?