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Mercury Rising [HD DVD] (1998)

Bruce Willis , Alec Baldwin , Harold Becker  |  R |  HD DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bruce Willis, Alec Baldwin, Miko Hughes, Chi McBride, Kim Dickens
  • Directors: Harold Becker
  • Writers: Lawrence Konner, Mark Rosenthal
  • Producers: Brian Grazer, Karen Kehela
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital-Plus 5.1), French (Dolby Digital-Plus 2.0)
  • Subtitles: French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: August 14, 2007
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000RF1QEC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #260,457 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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    Product Description

    Art Jeffries (Bruce Willis), a renegade FBI agent, combats ruthless federal agents to protect Simon, a nine-year-old autistic boy who has cracked the government's new "unbreakable" code. He can read MERCURY, the advanced encryption code, as easily as other kids read English. This skill renders the new billion-dollar secret code vulnerable, especially if enemies of the United States should learn of Simon's abilities and capture him. Program chief Nick Kudrow (Alec Baldwin) orders the "security threat" eliminated, but Kudrow hasn't counted on Jeffries getting involved. As they are trailed by deadly assassins, Jeffries quickly realizes that no one can be trusted. Now time is running out, and he discovers his only hope of survival is using Simon's special ability to bring their adversaries to justice.

    Take off your thinking caps and toss 'em in a corner, 'cuz 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 outmaneuver 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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    21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A very Good and Emotionally Charged Action Film April 3, 2006
    This is an action film with a lot of emotion behind it. It has a real heart felt story that questions plausibility and true credibility at times but it really hits home as it evokes genuine sentiment and feeling through a brutal world we now live in. This to date is the last great action film staring Bruce Willis. His performance of the dedicated civil servant doing what is right against all odds is admirable. His adversary Alec Baldwin stands for all that is wrong with a system that is supposed to protect our way of life and liberties while sacrificing the innocent trying to protect it at the enrichment of his own ego. At the center is a small autistic boy who supposedly can compromise Baldwin's plans who is being protected by FBI agent Willis who has fallen from grace. In simplest terms it is a film of right and goodness against greed and evil. On that level this film works. This film contains one of John Barry's last great scores as it gives credence to the story by bringing our most tearfully compassionate emotions to the surface while driving the narrative with an impassioned purpose. I like this film a lot I think because it takes the hardened tough good guy hero image and on an emotional level shows what drives him and what's really makes his heart tick.
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    18 of 24 people found the following review helpful
    By Pamelot
    As the mother of an autistic child, I was intrigued by this movie when I found it while channel surfing. I choose not to comment on the believability or likeability of the plot, but will say instead that the actor who played Simon, the young autistic boy, did an OUTSTANDING job. The writers, apparently, also did some research on the condition. The use of the cards Simon kept pinned to his belt was right on the money. Autistic children comprehend so much better visually, and through the printed word, than they do through listening to people speak. The scene where Simon is spinning wheels on a toy car is also very realistic. My only other comment is on the irony that, in 1998, before anybody figured out or suggested that mercury causes autism (this is a theory first posed in 1999 and gaining more and more credibility every day),the producers had the foresight to name their movie about an autistic boy "Mercury Rising."
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    5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars pretty darn good August 8, 2000
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    when bruce wills appears in movies with adults he tends to make me annoyed. but when he appears with kids.He seemes very good. this move is great it way be a dumb action movie but it has some heart.Miko hughes gives the best perfomance. he really seemes autstic. most movies such as house of cards and jounery of the heart deal with autisum but you can tell. they dint reasach it. thismovie does however. thats the main resoni like it. It also has is willis second best movie....
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Love Mercury Rising March 12, 2012
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    I thought the child playing as Simon did an excellent job. I Think Willis has always been an excellent actor but I love this movie because of the child's character.
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    4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Mercury should have risen higher June 17, 2005
    By tommy
    This is by far one of the most underrated movies ever and Bruce Willis's most underated movie ever. The little kid in this movie did good acting. Alec Baldwin is was a good bad guy in this movie. This sort of showed a father side of Bruce Willis. I had to buy the DTS mode because it's way better than 5.1 sourround sound. There sure were a bunch of good movies in the year 1998 and this certainly got overshadowed. Buy it action lovers.
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    4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Mercury Rising January 16, 2010
    Bruce Willis is an outcast FBI agent who is assigned to protect a 9 year old autistic boy who is the target for assassins after cracking a top secret government code. This moves at a breakneck speed building tension along the way as various covert types try to put a bullet in Willis and companies collective head. "Mercury Rising" is a very entertaining and solid thriller.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Actually 3.5 Stars... but worth watching! June 29, 1999
    By A Customer
    Ok here we go. The bad guys are Balwin and a top secret government agency which has an encrypted code for all its agents called Mercury Rising. Well lo and behold a 9 year old Autistic boy breaks this code which was in a puzzle magazine as a test for code breaking geeks. Ummm, somehow this sounds dumber than it really is. Enter now the renegade FBI agent Willis, who somehow gets assigned to investigate the boy's parents murder. (Who were murdered by Baldwin's top secret government agency). Now that is the setting for the clashes which follow. Willis kidnaps the boy to save him from being killed. And then a all too nice of a lady Kim Dickens (who is very cute by the way)befriends Willis, :), and the Boy and helps Willis protect him. Actually Willis (A stranger) shows up at her apt. at 2am and she lets him in. Umm,? There are some very good action scenes. Great 5.1 DD sound in a few places. Overall a relatively good flick. I think Baldwin, Willis and Dickens do a good job. The 9 year old boy came across pretty credible also. Just lean back, relax and enjoy and you won't be disappointed. 3.5 STARS.
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    5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars A great blend of action and suspense. July 19, 2000
    "Mercury Rising" is the Bruce Willis/little kid vehicle that came before his success in "The Sixth Sense," and while the premise and the execution of the plot are different from "Sixth," the film manages to show that Bruce Willis can work with an actor of any age. He plays Art Jeffries, an FBI agent who is in over his head at the bureau after a difference in opinion with his superior over a bank heist. Meanwhile, a small, autistic boy named Simon receives a puzzle book, and while reading it, he discovers a secret government code called "Mercury," meant to keep officers in the American Embassies safe from harm. He calls the number that he picks up from the puzzle, and the head of the Mercury project, played by Alec Baldwin, sends one of his henchmen to eliminate the problem. Soon, Simon is found in his bedroom closet by Jeffries after the murder of his parents, leading into a cat-and-mouse chase that spans the entirety of the film. The film contains a high amount of suspense, and although a lot of the mystery aspects of the film are in the norm for the genre, some of the plot contains originality. John Barry's score fits the film greatly, and some of his chords and melodies can be traced back to his previous movies such as "The Scarlet Letter." Actors all give believable performances, and special effects are all the craze when they get to show their stuff. All in all, not a bad film.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    4.0 out of 5 stars really like this one
    Good story, great acting.
    Published 7 days ago by Janet
    5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this movie
    I purchased this movie but gave it to my sister, I could not resist to purchase another one for home. Read more
    Published 7 days ago by Sakae
    4.0 out of 5 stars An empathetic cast elevates the "action drama", Mr. ...
    An empathetic cast elevates the "action drama", Mr. Willis's clear bond with the child, and clear character development highlight this very watchable movie
    Published 9 days ago by HN Courtney
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great
    Great movie; one of Willis' best.
    Published 2 months ago by LoveOneAnother
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    you will not be disappointed
    Published 2 months ago by Andrea M. Fernandez
    4.0 out of 5 stars New Life for an excellent Bruce Willis movie
    Gréât little Movie, better than expected.
    Blu-Ray great, just great, images And sound, and just about the mobie, one of the best Willis' character ...
    Published 5 months ago by Thocrown
    4.0 out of 5 stars Keeps you on the edge of your seat!
    A very exciting movie, full of intrigue and drama. Bruce Willis is perfect in his role, protecting the child, and Alec Baldwin is believable as the villain. Read more
    Published 5 months ago by Bev
    5.0 out of 5 stars An action movie a woman can love!
    Some of Bruce's movies aren't "women friendly," in that they're not "soft" enough. He may be trying to save his wife or children, but after that, it's all beating... Read more
    Published 6 months ago by Hyzenthlay
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
    Excellent movie. Great story line and enough action to keep me interested. Outside of Die Hard, probably one of Bruce Willis' best movies.
    Published 10 months ago by Jared Bird
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