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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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Meredith
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Derne
Victor Gardener ...
Fischer
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Bouncer (as Brian Sonny Nickels)
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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 (135) »

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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

Ethan Hawke was originally cast but he dropped out and was replaced by John Cusack. 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 »

Quotes

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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Captivating thriller with Cusack in top form
29 October 2013 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

I saw that this movie only scored 5.4 on IMDb and I wanted to quickly write that it's a whole lot better than that. The movie kept me interested from start to finish. It doesn't slow down appreciably at any point. There isn't an overwhelming amount of action but there is a tense atmosphere throughout. The location is also great. A moody, grey numbers station right out in the middle of nowhere. But the main reason for watching this movie is Cusack who perfectly plays the loner, haunted, tough guy, with a conscience. He's supremely watchable in every frame. In fact, Cusack plays these types of characters better than anything else. He has that suitably detached, dangerous look, down to a tee. He also does ambiguity very well. All of this is displayed really well in the movie. Ackerman is also well cast as the enthusiastic, smart code girl.


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