Mercury Rising [DVD] 
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Simon, an autistic nine-year-old, has inadvertently cracked the US government's new secret code, making him a prime security threat in the eyes of the FBI. With Programme Chief Nick Kudrow (Alec Baldwin) ordering his elimination, Simon's only hope of survival comes from renegade agent Art Jeffries (Bruce Willis), who realises they must make full use of each other's special skills to stay one step ahead of their pursuers.
Take off your thinking caps and toss 'em in a corner, 'cos you won't need 'em when you're watching this deliriously dumb thriller from 1997. Bruce Willis stars as a demoted FBI agent who comes to the aid of an autistic boy whose mind holds a potentially deadly secret. It seems that by gazing on a puzzle magazine and making order out of a hidden system of numbers, the 9-year-old autistic boy (Miko Hughes) has accidentally deciphered a sophisticated top-secret government code. This makes him the prime target of the ruthless bureaucrat (Alec Baldwin, in one of his silliest roles) and Willis comes to the rescue. This formulaic thriller sets up this plot with a lot of entertaining urgency but you can't give any thought to Mercury Rising or the whole movie collapses under the weight of its own illogic and nonsense. The redeeming values are the performances of Willis, young Hughes and newcomer Kim Dickens as a woman who agrees (perhaps too easily, it seems) to aid Willis in his plot to out manoeuvre the bad guys. Mercury Rising is not a waste of time compared to other formulaic thrillers but its entertainment value depends on how much you enjoy being smarter than the movie. --Jeff Shannon
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10 years on from the first Die Hard film and Bruce Willis starred in a cop role once more as an FBI agent and whilst there is no swagger and humour in this film, the serious nature of Willis' character once more sees the actor on top form in a stunning crime drama.
The opening sees Art undercover and after a confused result Art makes his feelings known which sets him on the way to be reassigned to detective work, which sets the drama rolling.
A sentimental montage sees Miko Hughes' protagonist Simon coming home from school, making a cup of hot chocolate before going to bed with his father. It is very heart-warming without being cheesy as the nature of Simon's autism is depicted with sentimental understanding dialogue and appreciation of the disease. Obviously autism is a very delicate issue to tackle which the script appreciates. From Simon's constructed environment to the untimely departure from his family the script weaves around how uncomfortable it is for the young boy. His familiar surroundings are taken away as Art struggles to keep Simon out of trouble.
Hughes is the catalyst of this film with a very powerful turn as Simon. The slow speech to the lack of eye contact is a remarkable trait of autism and for such a young person to comprehend and tackle such ideologies is staggering.
Despite the nature of the drama encoded into this 1998 picture there is still plenty of action and thrilling suspense to generate that bold masculinity. A too close to call train sequence to the final helicopter showdown this is every bit as tense as the last Die Hard picture.Read more ›
to protect a 9-year-old boy 'Simon Lynch' (Miko Hughes) who has cracked a high profile and
unbreakable code, it seems he can read a 'Mercury' advanced encryption code.
Shock waves and panic shake the NSA agency when it is realized a 9-year old has broken the
code, Head of Op's 'Nick Kudrow' (Alec Baldwin) orders that the threat be eliminated knowing he
was ordering the elimination of a 9-year-old disabled child.
What 'Kudrow' hasn't counted upon was that 'Agent Jefferies' would take it upon himself to protect
'Art' realizes the injustice of the situation, trouble is who can he trust, as he sets out to right the
wrongs, friend and colleague 'Tommy B Jordon' (Chi McBride) seems to be the only one, he also
befriends a complete stranger 'Stacy' (Kim Dickens) to watch 'Simon' while he try's to prove that
he and 'Simon' are not the enemy.
These are desperate times as 'Art' try's to avoid the pursuing assassins.
( A great portrayal by young 'Miko Hughes' of what is a widespread condition, Autism, strangely as
depicted in the film, many Autistic children have unexpected awareness)
This is an often exciting movie that contains many good action sequences and bravely tackles often
misunderstood disability issues, the film often poignant and touching.
'Bruce Willis' gives a typical performance, the kind of role that made him a household favourite.Read more ›
Ratio of the feature film:
Languages of the feature film:
- DTS Master Audio 5.1: English
- DTS 5.1: Japanese, French, German, Italian, Castilian Spanish
- DTS 2.0: Latin Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian
Subtitles for the feature film:
- Japanese, French, Italian, Castilian Spanish, German, Latin Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Greek, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Swedish, Thai, Traditional Mandarin and English for the hearing impaired
A very good picture with an excellent sound and music. I have to say that Miko Hughes who plays the autistic boy is excellent.
The little bonus is the superb score by John Barry which is very subtle and add a dramatic dimension to the film.
(no bonus except the feature film)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I had been trying for ages to replace my video version of this with a DVD. So delighted.Published 4 months ago by Michele E. Held
Although this is undoubtedly an entertaining action thriller what makes this movie unique is the outstanding performance of Miko Hughes as 9 year old Simon Lynch, an extremely... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Call me Al
Bruce Willis will always be Bruce Willis, but he is getting better over the years, I enjoyed this movie.Published 8 months ago by Paulm