Mercury Rising

1998

Mercury Rising

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In this action suspense thriller, nine-year-old autistic savant Simon deciphers a government code and calls in for his prize. Worried about national security, NSA officials send an assassin to kill him. His parents are killed but he is saved by an FBI agent who drags him through Chicago to protect him.

Cast

Bruce Willis
as Art Jeffries
Alec Baldwin
as Nicholas Kudrow
Chi McBride
as Tommy B. Jordan
Robert Stanton
as Dean Crandell
Bodhi Elfman
as Leo Pedranski
Carrie Preston
as Emily Lang
L.L. Ginter
as Peter Burrell
John Carroll Lynch
as Martin Lynch
Kelley Hazen
as Jenny Lynch
John Doman
as Supervisor Hartley
Richard Riehle
as Edgar Halstrom
James MacDonald
as SWAT Team Leader Francis
Camryn Manheim
as Dr. London
Jack Conley
as Detective Nichols
Maricela Ochoa
as Charlayne
Peter Fontana
as Pasquale
Kirk B.R. Woller
as Lieutenant
Betsy Brantley
as Special Ed Teacher No. 2
Margaret Travolta
as Autism Expert Nurse
Tiffany Fraser
as Night Nurse
Koko Taylor
as Koko Taylor
Matt Levert
as Tommy Jordan Jr.
Lisa Summerour
as Dana Jordan
Gwen McGee
as Security Woman
Kristina Eliot Johnson
as Special Ed Teacher No. 1
James Krag
as Rookie Agent Roger
Wadell Brown
as Bank Security Guard
Tim Grimm
as Ted/Security Guard
John Scanlon
as South Dakota Helicopter Pilot
Brent Freeman
as Marine Guard
Gary Hand
as Kudrow's Assistant
Steve Key
as Cop at Lynch House
Darryl Alan Reed
as Ambulance Driver
Steve Rankin
as WGEX Helicopter Pilot
Maureen Gallagher
as Flea Market Lady
Mark Collins
as Train Conductor
Denise Woods
as Nurse in Elevator
Kim Robillard
as Motorman
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Critic Reviews for Mercury Rising

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (29)

Audience Reviews for Mercury Rising

  • Jan 12, 2016
    All big 80's action stars have made some very bad films and Bruce Willis was no different, it's not a terrible film just pretty boring, There's not allot of action, The plot was pretty silly and had some plot holes and things that never make allot of sense, Nothing memorable nothing we haven't seen before.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Sep 07, 2013
    Why the rating is so low?! Mercury Rising possessed many qualities that you don't get from any other action movies - good plot, cast and what an ending! Bruce Willis and Alec Baldwin shines, respectively, as both the good and bad guys. Although, Miko Hughes did good, his character doesn't justify an autistic kid by far and that's quite disappointing. Overall Mercury Rising is one of the best action movie I've ever seen!! 8.2/10.
    Mesh B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 28, 2013
    Mercury Rising is a stereotypical '90s action film that's fairly entertaining, but familiar. When a 9-year-old autistic boy accidentally cracks a top secret government encryption code a rogue section of the NSA attempts to eliminate him. The story's pretty ridiculous and is full of plot holes, but the chases and fight sequences add a lot of energy to the film. Bruce Willis, Alec Baldwin, and Chi McBride lead the cast, and are able to add some personality to otherwise rote characters. A by the numbers thriller, Mercury Rising delivers a solid and enjoyable film that's full of action.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 01, 2012
    This is a rather formulaic, and predictable thriller, which is a real shame since the premise had a lot of potential. Bruce Willis stars as an outcast FBI agent whose chance at redemption comes in the form of protecting a 9 year-old autistic boy who managed to crack a high level government code hidden in a puzzle book. The code got cracked, and due to the secrets involved with it, the cracker has to apparently be silenced, and that's where the film fails to live up to some of its potential. The target is a young autistic kid, and I can't really remember anyone challenging the moral question of eliminating the kid given the circumstances. The film sorta toys with the idea of who is more of a villain, but mostly it just relies on being a typical cat and mouse chase thriller. Willis tries his best with the material, but doesn't do anything remarkable. The same can be said for most of the cast, save for Miko Hughes as the autistic kid, who actually does show some chops with having to play a difficult part with some amount of sensitivity and nuance. See this if you want, but don't expect much since, despite the premise, it's a rather forgettable piece of work.
    Chris W Super Reviewer

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