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Mercury Rising (1998)



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In this action-suspense thriller, orphaned nine-year-old autistic savant Simon (Miko Hughes) deciphers a government code hidden in a puzzle magazine. Calling for his prize, Simon triggers an alarm at the National Security Agency: NSA chief Nicholas Kudrow (Alec Baldwin), who says the code protects covert American operatives all over the world, sends an assassin to do away with Simon. Simon's parents are killed, but Simon survives, hiding in a secret closet crawlspace where he's later discovered by maverick FBI agent Art Jeffries (Bruce Willis). Simon is emotionally unpredictable, complicating matters as Art drags him all over Chicago, eluding Kudrow's hitman in a variety of interesting locations (train tracks, street scenes, heliport, Wrigley building) and improbable situations. Based on the novel Simple Simon by Ryne Douglas Peardon, the film features Industrial Light & Magic special FX/animation.more
Rating: R (violence, language)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Laurence Konner, Mark Rosenthal, Lawrence Konner
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 2, 2002
Universal Pictures


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 Fra...
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 N...
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 Johns...
as Special Ed Teacher N...
James Krag
as Rookie Agent Roger
Wadell Brown
as Bank Security Guard
Tim Grimm
as Ted/Security Guard
John Scanlon
as South Dakota Helicop...
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 Pilo...
Maureen Gallagher
as Flea Market Lady
Mark Collins
as Train Conductor
Denise Woods
as Nurse in Elevator
Kim Robillard
as Motorman
James MacDonald (II)
as SWAT Team Leader Fra...
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Critic Reviews for Mercury Rising

All Critics (54) | Top Critics (16)

Full Review… | April 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

January 1, 2000
USA Today
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

At one point, this was titled Mercury Falling, and that is a far more apt name for this ice cold thriller.

Full Review… | April 1, 2009

There's a lot of action but the thriller part of the movie never emerges.

Full Review… | July 17, 2007
Houston Community Newspapers

Surprisingly watchable

February 5, 2004
Atlantic City Weekly

Audience Reviews for Mercury Rising


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 Weber

Super Reviewer

Nobody's trying hard at all in this by-the-numbers Willis vehicle that has him up against a government conspiracy --- ho-hum. To demonstrate evolution: the F.B.I. useta be the bad guys in this sort of thing, but herein Willis plays one, howbeit a "rogue" agent. Oooooo.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

did not have a good plot. really bad acting.

erika bruhns

Super Reviewer

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