Mercury Rising [HD DVD]
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Simon has cracked a multi-billion-dollar NSA code, which was leaked into a children's puzzle book just to see if it could be done - and by whom. Soon a single wet team (one assassin) is sent to murder Simon's parents, and the action begins. It's a massive chase scene, with the NSA murdering its own in their murderous pursuit of Simon, and the FBI at its wits' end trying to help.
Though I was disappointed this film portrayed Simon as 11 instead of the original 16 years old, everyone was super-impressive in this, including the smarmy, hammy Alec Baldwin as the NSA thug-director. This film marks the actual beginning of attempts to teach movie audiences about autistic kids. It must have been a complete laugh for Willis.
By the time he did this, he had under his belt the first three "Die Hard" films, "Twelve Monkeys", "Last Man Standing", "The Fifth Element" and "The Jackal". Miko Hughes did some intense studying for such a small boy in order to portray autism perfectly. I can't really tell why he's vanished into a sad obscurity, since he's still acting.
This was way before autism-related films had become as common as they are today - "Rain Man" notwithstanding - and is the only film portraying an autistic child in a major starring role.Read more ›
Furthermore, the pacing was suspenseful all the way through, except in those moments in which the film must establish that the child, Simon, lives with loving parents, or that Bruce, as the FBI "man-of-action" agent, must slow down to tentatively figure out how to interact with (and protect) the extremely sensitive, reactive Simon. At these moments, NATURALLY there will not be any car chases, crashing planes or other explosions. How about that??!! And while we all know that Bruce will get the bad guys in the end (sorry, was that a spoiler?? :-< ), during most of the movie we see Bruce getting deeper and deeper in a hole, and I, as viewer, had no way of guessing how he was going to get out, even in the last 10 minutes. So that seems pretty suspenseful to me!!
One more thing, and this is something I seem to find only in Bruce Willis movies and NOT with any other "action hero": Bruce is able to convey moments of touching tenderness (don't miss the last 3 minutes!!), and this has the effect of making the viewer all the more invested in the characters and the outcome of the movie. A dimension beyond far beyond cartoonish, Road Runner-type explosions and mayhem.
By the way, something else I noticed. Mel Gibson, in his movies, gets socked, beaten down, and goes into his poor-ole-me martyr-shtick. Bruce's action-guy shrugs it off and gets sarcastic. Which do you prefer?Read more ›
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Excellent movie. It just shows you that even kids, or adults with disabilities, you can still have an impact in this world. Good acting for the whole cast.Published 4 months ago by LEGALINFO
Compelling, edge of your seat story. That's some great acting by the boy.Published 4 months ago by Barb B
Before the NSA made a name for itself as a rogue anti-Constitution anti-American government agency this movie used the NSA in its plot a just that--a rogue agency killing Americans... Read morePublished 7 months ago by S. T. Peterson
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