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Mercury Rising (1998)

Mercury Rising (1998)

Mercury Rising is the story of a nine y/o Autistic kid who unknowingly cracks the code of a supposedly uncrackable cypher known as 'Code Mercury'. Bruce Willis plays the good guy, Alec Baldwin the bad guy, with the twist that they both work for the state, and the difference that Alec Baldwin largely outranks the former. When the Autistic boy's (Simon Lynch) parents are murdered and Bruce uncovers a lead as to who did it, he becomes the suspect, and all the while looking for leads that end up dying, he has to keep both himself and the unpredictable and overly emotionally responsive Simon safe.

Miko Hughes plays Simon, and considering his effort made me wonder if he really was autistic or not (he wasn't), he does a good job at it!

The action's good, there's realism, there's well-mapped dialog and strong personalities, and not just dumb luck but actually a little strategy involved in chasing down the bad guy, something you can't take for granted with the average action movie. Though it ends up being a bit moody and not the most intense bout of criminal craze and carnage I tend to prefer watching, it's a captivating tale, and relevant in how cracking codes is actually illegal in the USA. If this were to happen in real life, maybe the story wouldn't have such a happy ending.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

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