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Mercury Rising

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Jan 25, 2000
Bruce Willis and Alec Baldwin star in Mercury Rising, a story about an autistic child (Simon) that unknowingly decodes a new top-secret military code, and becomes the target of people looking to eliminate the threat that he poses.

Bruce Willis plays an FBI agent (Art Jeffries) that specializes in undercover work despite the tendency towards "paranoid delusions". Alec Baldwin plays a government agent with the NSA branch (Nicholas Kudrow). Miko Hughes plays the role of Simon, achild stricken with autism.

The story revolves around the Mercury Project. Mercury is the name given to a new military code that is supposed to be unbreakable. It's been tested by everything including dual Cray supercomputers. Unbreakable. So, while the new code is being deployed in the field to protect the anonymity of our field agents, the creators of the code (Bodhi Elfman as Leo Pedranski, and Robert Stanton as Dean Crandell) decide that they need to perform just one more test. The "geek test".

The "geek test" is where they let the code loose on the public and dare you to solve it. They never expected anyone to solve it, let alone a 9 year old autistic boy!

The problems start almost immediately when someone shows up at Simon's house "looking for him".

Art Jeffries (Willis) is brought in to help find Simon.....and things just keep getting worse. Someone is pursuing Simon, and will stop at nothing to get to him. Art takes it upon himself to protect the child, going against orders to do so.

His only friend in the agency, "Bizzi" (Chi McBride), gets roped into helping Art out. Also along the way, Art convinces an innocent young woman, Stacy (Kim Dickens), to help hide Simon from the pursuers.

Alec Baldwin does a convincing job in his role as a bad guy. Bruce Willis is also equally convincing in his role as a slightly paranoid FBI agent.

This movie was good, I thought the pacing was fine, and the sound was good as well. Certainly not the best movie I've ever seen, and probably not the best movie that I'll see this year, but certainly a respectable outing. Opening against "Barney's Great Adventure" and "Lost in Space", this movie holds it's own.

There was just one thing that irritated me about this movie. It was the sound effect used every time that Simon stared at the Mercury code. It kept reminding me of the sound that used to go along with the 6 Million Dollar Man, when Lee Majors would use his bionic eye to zoom in on some distant object. They should have left it out.

Copyright 1998 - Ron Higgins No unauthorized publication or distribution without the consent of Ron Higgins.

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Jan 25, 2000
I was disappointed. Bruce Willis plays his standard role--loose-cannon lawman who ticks off his superiors by acting as if only he knows the truth about what is really going on. A formula piece--highly predictable. The tension was so thin you didn't have to worry about cutting it. Wait until it hits the video stores. It's better than network programming on a Friday night, but not good enough to waste $7.00 on.

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Jan 25, 2000
Lots of action and a relatively good plot. Evan and I enjoyed the film and the action scenes. Willis did a pretty good job showing some emotions.

The young boy playing an autistic kid did a good job too. We'd recommend seeing this one with a big box of corn and a soda. Go see it and decide for yourself.

Jan 25, 2000
First of all...I really liked it. Yes, I know...it is a political thriller and this reviewer loves political thrillers, so if the restof you thought like me, then this film would be tops on your list. Bruce Willis stars as an FBI agent whose career is on a downward spiral while Alec Baldwin is the head of one of the National Security Agency's (NSA) secret departments and his star is rising. While things are heating up and the mercury is rising (notice the play in words and how I related it to the title...pretty cool, huh?), a young autistic child (Miko Hughes) deciphers a super-secret code that will threaten the national security of our nation. Alec Baldwin, the super patriot, has his agency's hit squad reign terror on the child's family in order to protect U.S. interests. Bruce Willis is called in to help with the case and unwittingly becomes personally and emotionally involved himself. Bruce takes the child under his wing in order to protect him, but then the government conspiracy continues as the NSA adds Bruce to its hit list. Something unique about this film...it adds a touch of computer manipulation (similar to the old "War Games" movie) and brings out the fighter in Bruce Willis (of "Die Hard" days) but more interestingly, brings to light the National Security Agency (NSA), which is our government's largest intelligence agency. It seems like Hollywood has replaced the outdated CIA with the new hipper and trendier spy agency, the NSA, as the true threat to the American people. One final note, I truly liked the role of Bruce Willis' FBI supervisor in this film, even though his presence on screen is limited, you will enjoy watching his character develop throughout the film. Bottom line....this is a great Bruce Willis film and yes you will wonder why didn't the NSA just change the super-secret code, but then if they did, imagine how short this film would have been.

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Jan 25, 2000
REVIEW FOR MERCURY RISING

Bruce Willis is one of the coolest actors in Hollywood. Almost all of his movies are cool movies. There are a couple of exceptions, but with 3 Die Hard movies (a fourth is planned) and The Fifth Element there is nobody cooler around. Mercury Rising is another cool movie. In this movie he plays an FBI agent, who takes care of a 9 year old boy. The 9 year old boy's parents had been killed after he cracked a super government code that was hidden in a puzzle book. The boy is autistic, like Dustin Hoffman was in Rainman, so he is incredibally smart at solving puzzles. When it is discovered that he broke the code, Alec Baldwin (The Juror, The Hunt for Red October, The Edge) decides that certain people should be terminated, like the boy and his parents. The hitman goes in and kills both parents, but is not able to find the kid. Bruce Willis (Die Hard movies, The Jackal, Death Becomes Her) comes in finds the kid and takes him to protect him. But with every government conspiracy a lot of people die to find the person they really want. Bruce Willis during the movie is able to bond with him and be his "big brother" even though the kid doesn't really understand it. Willis gives a fairly good performance, with that great smirk he has when he has got a bad guy where he wants him (although it only shows up a couple of times). Baldwin, in a suprisingly small part scene-wise, is a good as a bad guy. Miko Hughes (Kindergarten Cop, TV's Full House, Wes Craven's New Nightmare) won't win an Oscar for his performance like Hoffman did, but to be honest with you, gives the movie's best performance. Chi McBride (Hoodlum, The Frighteners) follows up his good acting performance in Hoodlum with a good performance in a poorly written role.
Grade: B
Rating: R (violence, language)

Oct 5, 2003
Bruce Willis plays a cop who must protect a child who suffers from artism,(the very same affection as \"Rain Man\'s\" Raymond Babbitt), who is witness to a murder. This is a dumb-down made for TV movie, inwhich Willis with child in toll, is chased though the city. The film wanted to be a action movie with a message. That message is,\"This film is bad. Stay away!\"
May 6, 2013

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