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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.

Director:

Kasper Barfoed

Writer:

F. Scott Frazier (screenplay by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Cusack ... Emerson Kent
Malin Akerman ... Katherine
Liam Cunningham ... Grey
Richard Brake ... Max
Bryan Dick ... David
Finbar Lynch ... Michaels
Lucy Griffiths ... Meredith
Joey Ansah ... Derne
Victor Gardener ... Fischer
Joe Montana ... Jeremy Fletcher
Brian Nickels Brian Nickels ... Bouncer (as Brian Sonny Nickels)
Randy Merchant Randy Merchant ... Bouncer
Hannah Murray ... Rachel Davis
Gary Lawrence ... Hospital Orderly
Max Bennett ... Intern at Hospital
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Storyline

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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The code has never been compromised. Until now. See more »

Genres:

Action | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

This motion picture's opening title card states: "Jackson, New Jersey, U.S." See more »

Goofs

When the "broadcasters" speak their numbers, they talk into the top of a condenser microphone. These mics pick up sound from the side and broadcasters would know this. See more »

Quotes

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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Crazy Credits

Opening credits starts with some numbers spoken and reversed match with the names that are shown. See more »

Connections

Referenced in La noche de...: La noche de... Código de defensa (2018) See more »

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Tight, Exciting, Unpredictable Thriller
11 July 2013 | by 3xHCCHSee all my reviews

"The Numbers Station" is another one of those quiet movies with an uninteresting title that wallow in obscurity, undeservedly.

"The Numbers Station" refers to a remote un-mapped location where secret encoders broadcast missions in highly secret numeric ciphers. After a flubbed mission and a severe attack of conscience, hit man Emerson (John Cusack) gets reassigned to provide security to Katherine (Malin Ackerman), one such code broadcaster. One day, their base gets compromised and Emerson and Katherine to promptly contain the problem before the false codes achieve their misguided missions.

John Cusack plays the cool-as-nails but conscience-stricken Emerson very well, both in the action scenes and the quiet scenes. His character is the heart of the film and he carried the role with dignity. Malin Ackerson did well as the traditional damsel in distress, but to her credit, her character did not just sit there waiting for things to happen.

I liked the tight and exciting pace of the story told within the limited confines of the numbers station. The emotional story within the heart of a supposedly unemotional killer was also well-told. This suspenseful and thoughtful film is recommended for viewers who like a neat claustrophobic thriller.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

26 April 2013 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$383,488
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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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