Mercury Rising (1998)



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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.

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


as Art Jeffries

as Nicholas Kudrow

as Simon

as Tommy B. Jordan

as Dean Crandell

as Leo Pedranski

as Emily Lang

as Peter Burrell

as Martin Lynch

as Jenny Lynch

as Supervisor Hartley

as Edgar Halstrom

as Isaac

as SWAT Team Leader Fra...

as Dr. London

as Detective Nichols

as Charlayne

as Pasquale

as Lieutenant

as Special Ed Teacher N...

as Medic

as Autism Expert Nurse

as Night Nurse

as Koko Taylor

as Tommy Jordan Jr.

as Dana Jordan

as Security Woman

as Senator

as Special Ed Teacher N...

as Rookie Agent Roger

as Bank Security Guard

as Ted/Security Guard

as South Dakota Helicop...

as Marine Guard

as Kudrow's Assistant

as Cop at Lynch House

as Ambulance Driver

as WGEX Helicopter Pilo...

as Flea Market Lady

as Train Conductor

as Nurse in Elevator

as Motorman

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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