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The Numbers Station (2013)

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A disgraced black ops agent is dispatched to a remote CIA broadcast station to protect a code operator. Soon, they find themselves in a life-or-death struggle to stop a deadly plot before it's too late.

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When the moral values of a longtime wetwork black ops agent is tested during his last operation, he receives an unfavorable psych evaluation. Now he is given a break and a seemingly uncomplicated assignment of simply protecting the security of a young female code announcer, code resources and remote station they are assigned to. After an ambush and one phone call later, it becomes a complicated fight for their survival. Written by AZSigInt

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code | black ops | ambush | fight | cia | See All (136) »

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The code has never been compromised. Until now.

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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

When they are reviewing the profiles one that comes up is Sean Furst, who is one of the movie's directors. See more »

Goofs

When Katherine begins transmitting the cancel codes, she says "oh" instead of "zero". At the end of the same sequence, she correctly says zero. While some "numbers" stations did broadcast letters instead, they never mixed letters and numbers within the same broadcast (or station). See more »

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Katherine: What would happen if I'm not here Monday?
Emerson Kent: Because there'd been a terrible train accident?
Katherine: No, the train's here, I'm just not on it.
Emerson Kent: I would have to make a phone call.
Katherine: You would have to make a phone call?
Emerson Kent: I would make a phone call.
Katherine: Company man.
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Opening credits starts with some numbers spoken and reversed match with the names that are shown. See more »

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Featured in Maltin on Movies: After Earth (2013) See more »

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Fast, Suspenseful, Secret
4 May 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

7.6 of 10. Fast moving film that says a lot about intelligence operations and the mental state of the operatives, why they do what they do, and the risks/prices they pay.

In these, it's easy to get hung up in details of is it real or is this done exactly like that, or is the cryptography accurately handled. For the most part, this successfully portrays the details. Are there actually numbers stations? That's not the question to ask. Are there secret communications operations? Yes. Once you get past that, most people already know and accept there are secret killings, so you can simply enjoy the story (except for the product placement, of course).

Another problem with these films is they get too caught up in the message, talking, and forget about action, thrills, and the story. This does a surprisingly good job quickly setting up the plot and keeping the pace fast (best of all, without any car chase scenes or similar gimmicks). The soundtrack/score helps too.

Something like a simplified, but not dumbed down, Bourne Identity film.


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