Mercury Rising [HD DVD]
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Genre: Feature Film-Action/Adventure
Rating: R
Release Date: 14-AUG-2007
Media Type: High Definition DVD

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

Customer Reviews:

  • Silly, contrived, low budget parody of the genre.
    Mercury rising hooks you with an interesting premise... Disabled boy has incredible ability to read top secret code effortlessly, putting government officials in difficult position and leaving boy vulnerable to attack, protected only by tough but sensitive cop. The foundation is quickly laid for chase scenes, double-crossings, and a whole host of other relatively predictable, but entertaining FBI/CIA/police/top secret facility "everyone you thought was a good-guy turns bad when the heat's on and it's up to the hero to save the innocent boy/girl/world" suspense tricks of the type you expect in a modern action thriller, but enjoy even though you expect them, because you didn't really rent this for intellectual stimulation anyway, did you?. Of course not, and as Sunday night purchasers of an easy-watch flick, we don't mind suspending reality just a little bit for effect.

    What we do mind, however, is suspending any semblence of intelligent thought. We do mind taking the time to drive to the video store, shell out four bucks, make popcorn and settle into our easy chair, only to be left at the end of an hour (which is all I could take before pressing the eject button) feeling that the fact that this movie attracted a large box office reflects somewhat sadly on the prospects for the human race. Not exactly chicken soup for the Sunday night blahs. To add insult to injury, we have to go out of our way to return the movie on Monday. We can't just clobber it with a hammer.

    The problem with Mercury Rising is that there are so many instances of the utterly ridiculous that the suspense is lost, and the movie becomes little more than a thin parody of its own genre. At times you wonder of you're watching Bruce Willis or Leslie Neilson.

    What are we to make, for instance, of the autistic boy's complete lack of friends, relatives, neighbors, child care workers, teachers, or anyone else who takes the slightest interest in his welfare? Who can expect us to believe that his parents are his only link to the world, and that when they are gunned down in cold blood, the tough but soft-hearted cop (Willis) is the only one who cares? How can we accept that the beaureucrat in charge of America's security (Baldwin) could ever conceive of working with the two bumbling oafs who purportedly came up with the top secret code in the first place? How can we believe that the gunman in charge of exterminating anyone and everyone who knows about the code leak would ply his trade with an eighteen inch gun/silencer combination on crowded city streets in broad daylight? What are we to make of Willis, whose mission is protection of the boy, leaving the child in a crowded cafe, under the custody of a woman whom he has never met? And are we really to believe any sensible woman would take charge of a stranger's child, let alone an autistic child?

    As if the introduction of this stranger into the plot isn't laughable enough, the director makes it completely ludicrous by dragging up the overused "I've only met you once but that gives me the right to knock on your door at three-a.m. because you're a softie and I'm really desparate for a place to sleep and I promise I won't rape you" trick. Hilariously, the woman opens the door. Even more hilariously, she believes Willis when he tells her that he is an FBI agent, but that he has nowhere else in the world to turn. That's right. No friends. No relatives. No hotels. No motels. No nothing. It's a very strange world in the universe of low budget film making. Good thing he met her yesterday, otherwise he'd just have to camp in the park, or sleep in the car.

    Which Willis did the day before, by the way. Very tired from running around all day with an autistic kid. Just parked and dozed off while the kid sat there beside him. Slept through the night. Slept through sunrise. Slept through rush hour traffic. Slept through the kid opening the door and walking out. Pretty sound sleeper for a cop protecting a kid from assassins, I'd say.

    No problem, though, because he woke up and found the kid five minutes later wandering just a few blocks away. Kid hops out of car while cop sleeps. Cop awakes in a panic, but finds kid strolling down the street safe and sound. That's about the tautest suspense scene you'll find in Mercury Rising.

    At every turn, overused gimmicks and silly contrivances wreak havoc with the plot. Take for instance, the events in the hospital where the boy is taken for examination after his parents are shot. Strap him to the bed, why don't we? That's always therapeautic for an autistic child after his parents have been shot. Good idea, let's just strap him to the bed, and leave him alone for the night. And by the way, let's make sure we don't put any blankets on him. And since nobody cares about him, we can certainly believe that the nurse on duty doesn't know his parents have been shot. Or did she forget that when his "parents" requested a transfer to another floor? But Bruce doesn't forget. No sir. Our hero puts two and two together in a flash. He knows that dead parents can't request a transfer, and smells something fishy. Rightly so. He rushes to the X-ray floor, just in time (of course) to find our gunman about to shoot the boy. Say, why is it that gunmen always have to request a transfer and call off the security guards. before they shoot someone in a hospital. Is that hospital protocol? I bet it's part of nurse training, learning to say "Sorry sir, you can't shoot that patient. He hasn't been transferred yet, and his security guards haven't been called off. Come back tomorrow. No doubt you'll find him in X-ray, no guards, no staff. It's nice and quiet down there. You can shoot him then. But be sure to come exactly at three o'clock, because the action hero is due to make is rounds at three-o-five. Of course if you come early, that's your perogative. But if you come early, you won't be allowed to shoot. You'll just be allowed to transfer the patient around the hospital until the action hero turns up."

    But the comedy isn't limited to the script. It's right there in the action scenes too. Take for instance the foot chase scene in which our hero tries to apprehend the gunman who's just shot the computer programmer in cold blood. As the gunman shoots at Willis, Willis, ever the community-minded cop, turns to a crowded staircase and yells "down". Instantly, the entire crowd stops and, as one, drops to its knees. No panic, no pushing, no movement. Only a hundred dollar budget for fill-ins and a scene shot in ten minutes. Done. Onto the next. Let's get the gunman shooting at the hero now. But let's create some confusion and suspense. Hmm, what could we do... Think... Think... I know! I have a terrific idea that's never been done before. How about we have some tourists just walk out innocently between the gunman and the hero, blocking the shot. Now gunman, you look stupid and confounded. Wave your gun around as if you're trying to get a clear shot past the innocent tourists. Good. Now panic-stricken crowd, you just stay frozen. Now tourists, you just walk out here, about a dozen of you. Don't take any notice of the guns or the panic-stricken crowd. You're Chinese, remember? You just think it's part of American culture. Snap pictures, OK, and talk a lot. Let's get the girls in front here. OK. Ready... Roll-em! That's a wrap.

    The only rise you will get out of Mercury Rising is your blood pressure, if you can endure it. Willis was great in Die Hard (the original) and has steadily gone downhill since...more info

  • A good movie
    Excellent movie, good plot, able to follow, action packed. Perfect visual experience on hd dvd....more info
  • Excellent Movie - may seem stupid to Average IQs ~over-head!
    Bruce Willis is in an all too real situation. People don't want to believe the system is the way it is, so they aren't going to believe it. It's really scary to think these things happen in our society. It makes us feel powerless. Who can we trust in a crisis? Albeit, the life of one autistic child is certainly not more important than all the lives lost in this film. If you believe the system got cleaned up at the end, it was all worth it. See this movie....more info
  • Mercury Rising--What an ironic title for an autism movie!
    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." ...more info
  • Mercury should have risen higher
    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....more info
  • IQ Falling
    This one could easily serve as Exhibit B in any indictment of knee-jerk Hollywood anti-Americanism. Exhibit A would have to be a better film.

    The premise concerns an autistic child who is able to sightread extremely high-order classified ciphers. He's accomplished exactly that with the National Security Agency's latest version, which he's accessed through one of the lamest plot twists imaginable. (They've placed it in a puzzle magazine to beta-test it--no, I'm not making this up.)

    So great -- the NSA hires the kid and turns him loose on Chinese, French, and other unfriendly ciphers, right? No they do not. Wake up -- this is Hollywood. They send goons out to kill him, which is where Bruce Willis, playing a conflicted law-enforcement officer of uncertain antecendents, comes to the rescue. From there on it's the standard huggermugger--unnecessary hairbreadth escapes, elite assassins who turn dopey at the most convenient moment, all-but-omniscient villains who can't see the obvious trap at the climax, etc.

    The acting was phoned in. Willis can do many things well, but he can't do conflicted. For some peculiar reason, the guy who fed Buscemi into the wood chipper in "Fargo" has his hair dyed black in this one. All traces of quirkiness evident in his performance for the Coens has vanished here.

    The sole exception to the overall blandness is provided by the Bloviator himself, Alec Baldwin. Perhaps the film's major offense is the implication that whole scheme is being carried out in support of Iraqi agents working against Saddam. (Kind of getting a jump on Fatboy Moore here.) Baldwin repeats this contention several times during the film, very impressively, too. With conviction, you might say.

    All in all, this is a film that makes "Enemy of the State" look good. A clearer recommendation I cannot provide....more info

  • enjoyable, not meant to be a political Bell-Weather
    However you write it,...
    Yes , it is a Bruce Willis film, so if you like Bruce Willis it is fun. Plenty of great screen, edge of the seat moments, and very well done. Miko, who also appeared in a Wes Craven film, shows great tone and skill, in the film.
    Mercury, the code, is cracked accidentally by an autistic child, and calls a phone number for a prize. Then Baldwin, one of them ... can't tell them all apart, decides to go ballistic.
    Its one Patriot against a false patriot, and you can decide who is who, and that is the battle.
    Its an enjoyable popcorn film. If you have to analyse the film, maybe you are also doing a political analysis of Mother Goose :-)
    Anyways, it is what it is ... and some great action scenes, a classic FX shot when one villain gets shredded to death as he tries to kill the good guys, and plenty more.
    Another cool Bruce Willis film.
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  • Good film, bad company
    THe film itself is fun, but i found it really annoying that not long after I got the "regular" bar bone DVD they came out with another version that has all the extras. Can't they get it right the first time?...more info
  • Not like Willis. But has some wonderful drama
    This was a good rent movie, but not like other films of Willis. It has a touching drama with the kid, but on the other hand, it has some bad minor actors that don't know how to act....more info
  • A very Good and Emotionally Charged Action Film
    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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  • What ever happened to Kim Dickens?
    Mercury Rising brings to the screen the story of an FBI agent who takes it upon himself to protect an orphaned autistic boy whom the NSA wants dead for having cracked a multi-million dollar government code.
    What is important to note is that Alec Baldwin's words in the film do ring true when he says that America needs a secret code to protect her from espionage both from her foes as well as her allies! He is rightfully referring to a specific country in particular, small and yet extremely influential worldwide (especially within the USA), which is considered a close friend of the US and yet has repeatedly been caught spying on America. For some reason... the media always downplay the story whenever it surfaces. Hmmm...
    Bruce Willis, Miko Hughes, Alec Baldwin, and the rest of the cast carry out their performances very well. Kim Dickens was delightful as Stacey; what ever happened to her?
    The setting, the plot, and the dialogues are all wonderful!
    As for the rating, it should have been PG-13.
    In a nutshell, it's probably not a movie you would want to add to your collection, but it will surely provide for an evening's entertainment.
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  • Ok movie to rent
    Too unbelievable and predictable. Not too suspenseful either...more info
  • Mercury Rising - An Outstanding Movie!
    Bruce Willis again shows his great range of acting ability! It is a great thriller! If you haven't seen this film I strongly recommend it. The supporting actors and actresses do a fantastic job too! As a lover of movies I would also recommend this film for seeing again and again. Now for an interesting book: A Night in the Tropics (Book 1) (Hardcover)...more info
  • Not the Bruce Willis we know in Die Hard
    It's kind of hard to picture Bruce Willis as the sentimental type. However, in this movie, he takes on the responsibility of an autistic boy and breaks all the rules to get to the bottom. Along the way you see Bruce Willis with a heart for this child. Not a bad movie, not the best either....more info
  • Excellent movie, one of the best, not for average IQs
    This movie is for anyone who lives in the real world, if they enjoy living in it a little more without risking their own skin. Bruce Willis plays a real good guy gone good. Too many people die to justify the cause. But the process is interesting....more info
  • A very Good and Emotionally Charged Action Film
    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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  • another boring movie
    The director has wasted an interesting story and the film is simply boring. Everything is expected. Not worth for wasting your time to watch it....more info
  • SO VERY VERY BAD
    Let me just say first that I forgive Bruce Willis very easily when he makes a bad movie. And this IS a bad movie. Make that VERY bad. There is no suspense, originality. Even the kid is annoying. If it had been a little girl maybe it could have been better. Even John Barry's musical score is bad. If you want to see a GOOD Bruce Willis movie buy LAST MAN STANDING....more info
  • This was great
    i thought this movie was awesome! i saw it with some friends and we all felt so sorry for the little boy, we almost cried! this story is touching, yet action packed, its a really good balance of the two....more info
  • It grabbed me from the beginning...
    Although in my opinion, the role of Baldwin is a waste of time and possibly money, but the idea is interesting, and the growing bond between Willis and the boy gets you close to the screen. If you are OK with Bruce Willis acting skills, you have to see this one....more info