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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Finbar Lynch ...
Jeremy Fletcher
Bouncer (as Brian Sonny Nickels)
Randy Merchant ...
Rachel Davis
Hospital Orderly
Intern at Hospital


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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Action | Thriller

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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 April 2013 (USA)  »

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Códigos de Defesa  »

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2.35 : 1
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The film's closing credits declare that the picture was: "Filmed on location at Bentwaters Park, Suffolk and at the War Museum, Suffolk." See more »


Normally, when a patient is admitted into a British hospital with a gunshot wound, the police are immediately notified. If the patient is/remains unconscious, they are placed under 24/7 (sometimes armed) guard, until they regain consciousness, and can be interviewed by CID/SB/SI/SO19. It is more than likely that Grey, upon learning the situation, either canceled the police or dismissed then in order to avoid any questioning. In the beginning of the film he alludes to his powers in this respect when he talks about having to deal with the police over the shooting of the girl. See more »


Emerson Kent: Oh shit, your leg.
Katherine: Oh my God!
[as he carries her to a table]
Katherine: I can't even feel anything.
Emerson Kent: That's usually a bad sign.
Katherine: You always know what to say to a girl.
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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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20 June 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

THE NUMBERS STATION really reminds me of Anton Corbijn's 'The American' a lot. Emotionless espionage operatives discovering them. In both instances these males are swayed by females reminding them. Very different results to the stories, however.

THE NUMBERS STATION is definitely the more dark of the 2 films, filmed in the English country side, and in a forbidding fortress like facility in which codes in the form of 4 digit strings are broadcast relaying instructions to field espionage personnel and military units. John Cusack is the protagonist, an operative about to break down from the stress and unable to carry out an assignment, a murder. So he's reassigned to a numbers station, to more or less rest. He has no such luck when the station is attacked by parties who wish to broadcast false assignments. His partner, an attractive young woman played by Malin Akerman, is personable enough to invoke the fellow's emotions. Very poetic, and again, very similar to the Corbijn film.

Again I'm reminded of another film, Nicholas Ray's ON DANGEROUS GROUND , in which a detective who has become brutal and excessive, is reassigned to a rural murder case, becomes infatuated with a woman there and is relieved of some of his stress. Also I have an record by the rock band Porcupine Tree named 'Stupid Dream' in which one of the songs, 'Even Less', has a sample of these number strings being intoned. My guess is that it's a parody. I always wondered what they were.

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