The Numbers Station 2012

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Action thriller starring John Cusack and Malin Akerman. Having botched his last assignment, CIA agent Emerson Kent (Cusack) is sent to guard a numbers station where he meets and befriends the employee, Katherine (Åkerman), who is responsible for broadcasting encrypted mission codes to field operatives. When the station is attacked by a group of armed men who broadcast 15 unofficial codes that ...

Starring:
John Cusack, Malin ÅKerman
Runtime:
1 hour 28 minutes

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The Numbers Station

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Genres Thriller, Action & Adventure
Director Kasper Barfoed
Starring John Cusack, Malin ÅKerman
Supporting actors Hannah Murray, Liam Cunningham, Lucy Griffiths, Bryan Dick, Richard Brake, Joey Ansah, Joe Montana, Gabrielle Reidy
Studio Content Film
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. Storey TOP 500 REVIEWER on 2 Jun 2013
Format: DVD
The cavernous corridors of a secret CIA facility provide the claustrophobic setting for this tense, nervy thriller. I was gripped from the first ten minutes when the hero carries out some wet work, show's us his moral side and whose actions explain the function of these numbers stations. Cusack has massive appeal as a cerebral hero and he's no slouch in the action stakes either. When his moral code interferes with an assignment, he's given the task of watching over Katherine (Malin Ackerman), a cryptanalyst working at a lonely station nestled in the English countryside. The stars display strong screen chemistry, they're both effortlessly charming and I found them easily convincing. Arriving for their shift, they find the station attacked and the code compromised; the tension shifts up a gear as the two defend themselves and figure out what's going on. The screenplay, which is tidy and uncomplicated, draws to a satisfying conclusion but the ending is a tiny bit long. It's clear that this didn't have blockbuster financing but as a mainstream feature from a fledgling but talented director it compares favourably to many major studio offerings that don't show nearly as much class. Be warned though, this isn't a meat head's action picture with car chases and explosions all over the place.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By P. Waller VINE VOICE on 29 Jun 2013
Format: DVD
For anyone that is aware of what goes on in the fields of intelligence they will find this a reasonably good film. Well made and has the suspense in-built. There are one or two glaring errors but that is down to the 'Continuity' person not doing their job correctly. Not that it will spoil the film. Without giving the plot away as some seem to enjoy doing, if you like films on intelligence in the mould of "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy" then this is for you. The suspense is there.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Sue Whitter on 21 Aug 2013
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An enjoyable watch, good original story, believable characters. Quite gruesome but doesn't stop it being thought-provoking. Worth watching any way.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David H J Ashdown TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 Feb 2014
Format: DVD
Excellent drama about espionage and counter-espionage where secret codes are sent from a classified location in Suffolk to agents around the world with instructions to commit acts of violence or assassination, such a location would be an excellent place to infiltrate by unfriendly agents and what happens is both exciting and well filmed - definitely recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By prmats on 27 Dec 2013
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I think John Cusack is a bit underrated. Grosse Pointe Blank was a fantastic film and he was great in High Fidelity, but I haven't seen much of his more recent stuff. This sounded like it had a fairly decent plot and it didn't disappoint. I was expecting more action and running gun battles but it's not that kind of film, yes, there are a few gory bits and there's more than a few gun fights but it's more of a thriller than an out and out action film. One to keep on the shelf and watch again for me.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Steve on 13 May 2013
Format: DVD
Purchased US blu-ray. "The Numbers Station" brings the story of Emerson (played by John Cusack), a CIA operative in the field. As the movie opens, we see Emerson involved in an assassination of several targets but it all goes horribly wrong when the daughter of one of the targets comes onto the scene. Unable to "retire" her, Emerson's boss Gray (played by Liam Cunningham, great actor) does so instead, but he promptly demotes Emerson away from the field. Next we see that Emerson has been assigned to guard the broadcaster, a woman named Katherine (played by Malin Akerman), of a "numbers station" in the country side near Suffolk. As the movie explains, a numbers station broadcasts (in short wave) secret messages in numbers to agents in the field, giving them new assignments. Not long after, the numbers station is attacked and infiltrated, and all kinds of trouble and mayham ensues. Why is the numbers station being attacked? Will Emerson and Katherine make it out alive? Is there double-play at hand anywhere? To tell you more of this plot-heavy movie would surely ruin your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

First and foremost, John Cusack! Yes, Cusack is front and center in this movie, he is in fact in every scene and in virually every shot. Aging gracefully, Cusack carries the movie from start to finish, and for me he is reason enough to watch and enjoy this movie. But Malin kerman as the person Cusack needs to protect is equally delightful, oozing charm (and, let's be honest, looks as well). She is playing the role of Debbie Harry in the upcoming movie "CBGB" later this year, can't wait for that.

"The Numbers Station" is a pleasant thriller that is worth it mostly for the solid performances of John Cusack and Malin Akerman.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RT on 30 April 2014
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Poor, weak story and numbers stations do not work like that!!!

I am a radio amateur and have listened to numbers stations for years. 1, they do not work like that. 2, they ARE easily traceable to the country .
This was just a good excuse to fire some guns and make some explosions. There are far better films to watch out there.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By PJ Rankine TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 May 2013
Format: Blu-ray
Any film with John Cusack in it is worth a watch and this fits the bill. A numbers station is a secret broadcast site where an operator broadcasts mission activation codes to agents all over the world. They have never been compromised and consist of an operator and her guard who's job it is to kill them if security is breached.
John Cusack is a CIA hit man who has a crisis of conscience and doesn't kill a young girl who witnesses his hit thereby establishing his moral credentials. As a last chance to save his career he is assigned to a numbers station in Suffolk to guard Malin Akerman's operator.
When the station is attacked he is faced with not only well armed and trained enemies but the dilemma of duty.
This is a solid workmanlike thriller that only falls down really in the last scenes where one of the characters wakes up in hospital after being shot and not only are they in their own clothes in bed but there is no police guard outside their door. Come one! Where's the realism?
Despite the mainly gloomy sets the blu ray print is very good and the soundtrack has an immersive presence.
Worth a watch but I won't be adding it to my collection.
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