Mercury Rising

Mercury Rising

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Director: Harold Becker

Cast: Bruce Willis, Alec Baldwin, Miko Hughes

     
 

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In this action-suspense thriller, orphaned nine-year-old autistic savant Simon (Miko Hughes) deciphers a government code hidden in a puzzle magazine. Calling for his prize, Simon triggers an alarm at the National Security Agency: NSA chief Nicholas Kudrow (Alec Baldwin), who says the code protects covert American operatives all over the world, sends an assassin to do

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In this action-suspense thriller, orphaned nine-year-old autistic savant Simon (Miko Hughes) deciphers a government code hidden in a puzzle magazine. Calling for his prize, Simon triggers an alarm at the National Security Agency: NSA chief Nicholas Kudrow (Alec Baldwin), who says the code protects covert American operatives all over the world, sends an assassin to do away with Simon. Simon's parents are killed, but Simon survives, hiding in a secret closet crawlspace where he's later discovered by maverick FBI agent Art Jeffries (Bruce Willis). Simon is emotionally unpredictable, complicating matters as Art drags him all over Chicago, eluding Kudrow's hitman in a variety of interesting locations (train tracks, street scenes, heliport, Wrigley building) and improbable situations. Based on the novel Simple Simon by Ryne Douglas Peardon, the film features Industrial Light & Magic special FX/animation.

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Despite its star power and bulging budget, this is not your typical Hollywood action suspense thriller. Instead, it's a shade darker with a well-written script rife with conspiracy conjecture. Bruce Willis' pairing with a child prodigy actor was perhaps a foreshadowing of 1999's immensely successful The Sixth Sense. The young Miko Hughes gives a remarkable performance as Simon, Willis' autistic charge, and he and the Hollywood star work well together. While the story is not without holes, the film's bullet train pace offers little time to ponder them and the plot culminates cohesively. Alec Baldwin wades deep into his hard-boiled character and does particularly unforgettable work in a priceless tete-a-tete scene he shares with Willis. Harold Becker's keen adaptation of Ryne Douglas Peterson's Simon Says is also of great help to the film, as is Becker's use of the murky streets of Chicago, which underscores the shadowy content of the narrative. When all is said and done, Mercury Rising is a thoroughly plausible suspense thriller in which the stars don't outshine the story.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/14/2010
UPC:
0025192047336
Original Release:
1998
Rating:
R
Source:
Universal Studios
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:52:00
Sales rank:
17,538

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bruce Willis Art Jeffries
Alec Baldwin Nicholas Kudrow
Miko Hughes Simon
Chi McBride Tommy B. Jordan
Kim Dickens Stacey
Robert Stanton Dean Crandell
Bodhi Elfman Leo Pedranski
Carrie Preston Emily Lang
L.L. Ginter Peter Burrell
John Carroll Lynch Martin Lynch
Peter Stormare Shayes
Kevin Conway Lomax
Kelley Hazen Jenny Lynch
John Doman Supervisor Hartley
Richard Riehle Edgar Holstrom
Kim Robillard Motorman

Technical Credits
Harold Becker Director
Jeff Adam Set Decoration/Design
John Barry Score Composer
Patrizia Von Brandenstein Production Designer
Karen Fletcher Set Decoration/Design
Brian Grazer Producer
Betsy Heimann Costumes/Costume Designer
Peter Honess Editor
Industrial Light & Magic Animator,Special Effects Supervisor
Karen Kehela Producer
Ric Kidney Executive Producer
Nancy Klopper Casting
Lawrence Konner Screenwriter
Tom Mack Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Andrew Menzies Set Decoration/Design
Maria Nay Set Decoration/Design
Paul Neesan Co-producer
Kim Ornitz Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Owens Special Effects Supervisor
Maureen Peyrot Co-producer
Mark Rosenthal Screenwriter
Steve Saklad Art Director
Michael Seresin Cinematographer
Michael Sersen Cinematographer
Joseph M. Singer Executive Producer
James F. Truesdale Art Director

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Mercury Rising 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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I'll buy any Bruce Willis action movie, and this is one of those. Not as much a shoot-em-up as Die Hard, but you get the idea. Bruce Willis as the good guy, protecting the innocent, in this case an autistic kid. Willis is his usual don't-do-it-by-the-book character. The kid is, by the way, played by a very fine young actor who does an excellent job with that difficult role. Alec Baldwin does a great job as the bad guy. So for action movies, this is a good one. Not a total roller-coaster ride, but it moves right along and has a good plot and good acting. I admit that it's over the top as far as believeability, but it's a MOVIE! It's by Hollywood! If you're looking to escape into something like that, then go with this one.
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