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Mercury Rising [HD DVD]

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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.

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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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  • Product Details

    • 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, NTSC, 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 Home Entertainment
    • DVD Release Date: August 14, 2007
    • Run Time: 112 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B000RF1QEC
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #157,737 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
    • Learn more about "Mercury Rising [HD DVD]" on IMDb

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    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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    For Bruce Willis movie lovers, this movie delivers on non-stop action and adventure. Here you see a softer side to him, as he is charged with protecting a little boy with autism. While the boy's actions might have been exaggerated for the benefit of the cameras, it highlights some of the challenges when children with low-functioning autism encounter strangers, new situations, etc. Exaggerations aside, the movie is fast-paced and entertaining, and I enjoyed watching Bruce save the day - again!
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    Give this Bruce Willis movie a try, and ignore that Rottentomatoes.com gives this film a Big Squashed Tomato (17%). Roger Ebert also was bored by it. Lucky for me I am not a professional (know-it-all) critic. For me, Bruce Willis is totally convincing in his part. The same or even more so for the child actor playing the autistic child.

    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?
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    I could not compare this film with any other. It stands alone with humor, compassion, nail biting edge of your seat action, intrigue, plot twists, along with heart wrenching and heart warming moments that will cause the ladies to reach for their tissues and the gentlemen to swallow hard so they don't have to reach for their lady's tissues too. This movie is unexpected and well worth watching.
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    I really love this movie. Bruce Willis, a formerly star FBI agent whose star is falling due to his insubordination while getting too emotionally involved in a case, is given what seems like a simplistic task--help police track down a missing kid. The kid's parents are dead due to what had sloppily been made to look like a murder-suicide. Willis quickly finds the kid, who is autistic and was hiding right under the noses of the police, who had just conducted an unsuccessful search for him. The movie follow's Willis' efforts to save the boy from the murderous "patriot," Alec Baldwin. Baldwin, who is a big wig in the NSA is trying to kill the boy (and anyone who gets between the boy an he) because the boy unknowingly cracked an uncrackable government code which could reveal the locations of embedded agents all over the world. Willis develops a touching relationship with the boy, who does an amazing job acting as an autistic child. The plot is interesting and so are the characters. This movie has gotten some unfavorable reviews that have left me baffled. I could not disagree with them more. I highly recommend this movie.
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    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 the snot of people. This isn't a "chick flick" by any stretch of the imagination, but ladies, if you haven't liked Bruce before, try this movie. I still cry buckets. And if you're not in love with Bruce Willis by the end of it, check your pulse.
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