5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Willis does well,
This review is from: Mercury Rising [DVD]  (DVD)
Bruce Willis stretches his acting muscles in this competent and seemingly forgotten thriller. In order to test their work, CIA boffins embed a secret code into a cereal box competition and are entirely surprised when someone telephones to claim the prize. Their unhappy masters dispatch a kill squad to remove the family; however, the autistic child who cracked the code manages to hide away. Bruce Willis plays the homicide detective who finds the child and has to keep him safe whilst taking down the bad guys. The portrayal of autism is perhaps a little too real for its own good here in that the child remains very distant and although we do care for the character, the script doesn't allow us to develop the kind of empathy reached in the Dustin Hoffman vehicle Rain Man. The locations are fine but on the downside, some of the interior shots are really poorly lit. The action nips along at a decent pace and the cast do a good job of convincing us who they are.