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The Numbers Station (2013)

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Average Rating: 4.4/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 4

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After his latest mission goes disastrously wrong, veteran CIA black ops agent Emerson Kent (John Cusack, 2012) is given one last chance to prove he still has what it takes to do his job. His new assignment: guarding Katherine (Malin Akerman, Watchmen), a code operator at a top-secret remote CIA "Numbers Station" where encrypted messages are sent and received. When an elite team of heavily armed assailants lays siege to the station, Emerson and Katherine suddenly find themselves in a

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May 28, 2013

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John Cusack replays his role as a lethal operative with occupational angst for a routine thriller with a female cryptographer at secret CIA site. Dire workplace issues ensue.

May 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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A predictable hodgepodge of uninteresting psychological cat-and-mouse, dimly lighted action filmed by director Kasper Barfoed in standard-operating shaky-cam ...

April 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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With Cusack's help, Barfoed holds your interest without resorting to car chases, a rarity in a contemporary thriller.

April 26, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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This dreary spy drama is as flat and airless as the concrete bunker in which it unfolds.

April 25, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Akerman does work hard to keep up the energy level. Cusack, though, seems bored by the superficial proceedings, which don't even offer the distraction of a real romantic connection or a suspenseful confrontation.

April 25, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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There are some decent shootouts, but the movie's strongest assets are the soulful performances ...

April 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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The claustrophobic location gives the film a clammy suspense, though it's so dimly lit that it's sometimes hard to work out who is shooting at whom.

June 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

A potentially intriguing idea is thrown out the window in this predictable low-budget thriller.

June 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com
Cinemalogue.com

There's an interesting, timely idea in this espionage thriller, as well as adept leading actors who are able to make the most of the script's dry wit.

June 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Contactmusic.com
Contactmusic.com

The Numbers Station is a cheap and predictable thriller that works only because of its two leading cast members: John Cusack and Malin Akerman.

June 2, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

'The Numbers Station' is a competent film and it does manage to create some tension. But you're conscious of the fact that it all feels familiar and wondering why there isn't a little more to it.

May 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

John Cusack is back in a ferocious spy role updated to the information universe. Look out.

May 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Monsters and Critics
Monsters and Critics

John Cusack's usual clipped way of talking serves him well in the role of a disillusioned black ops agent. He's also convincing in the film's gunplay sequences and in his guarded interaction with others.

April 27, 2013 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Cusack's glum visage immediately lays a wet blanket over Danish director Kasper Barfoed's English-language debut and keeps it firmly in place until the final fade-out.

April 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Television Without Pity
Television Without Pity

It's little wonder the movie spends so much time running in circles when we see where it ultimately goes.

April 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Mark Reviews Movies
Mark Reviews Movies

The Numbers Station is a lean, tactile thriller that grabs you from the opening and keeps you aptly entertained.

April 25, 2013 Full Review Source: MovieWeb

Assembled from competent elements and featuring more dedicated performances than one might expect, The Numbers Station is still a tad too nondescript to leave much of an impact.

April 25, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

If you're looking for a dynamic, politically-tinged thriller, you could do a lot better, but you could also do a lot worse.

April 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Racket
Film Racket

Claustrophobic and repetitive...a numbingly tedious would-be thriller.

April 25, 2013 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

Strictly for fans of the stars and perhaps those with an insatiable curiosity about career low points, the feature is certainly digestible, but rarely memorable.

April 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Blu-ray.com
Blu-ray.com

The Numbers Station is watchable for the things it gets right, yet it is impossible not to think that a lot of pieces to this puzzle are missing.

April 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat
Aisle Seat

Audience Reviews for The Numbers Station

It wasn't great nor awful. It fell somewhere in between. I am usually biased when it comes to John Cusack films. I am and have been a huge fan of his for forever. In my opinion he never turns out a bad performance. He just has the misfortune of being in bad films.
The movie reminded me a bit of Wanted. Not nearly as good though, but still worth seeing if you get a chance.
August 8, 2013
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The code has never been compromised. Until now..

Mediocre movie! This movie is like those novels from authors you've never heard about sold at petrol stations and supermarkets, the kind of fiction that exists purely to shift a small portion of units to generate some kind of income. A potboiler, really. Just a way to keep food on the table for the screenwriter and add to the revenue streams of the film company, in some small way. There is precisely nothing exciting, interesting or original about this movie. It's just a copy-paste straight to DVD thriller flick about spies and stuff. Hire the cameramen, find some location to shoot it, get the actors there on time, let's get this crap over and done with and move on with our lives. That's all I got from the Numbers Station. Nothing but a money grab. This is why piracy exists, because film companies are so utterly uncompetitive.

When the moral values of a longtime wetwork black ops agent is tested during his last operation, he receives an unfavorable psych evaluation. Now he is given a break and a seemingly uncomplicated assignment of simply protecting the security of a young female code announcer, code resources and remote station they are assigned to. After an ambush and one phone call later, it becomes a complicated fight for their survival.
June 12, 2013
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April 23, 2013
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A stereotypical espionage thriller, The Numbers Station is competent enough but isn't very engaging. When a US secret intelligence base is attacked a CIA agent and a cryptographer have to hold off a strike team and regain control of the dispatch system in order to stop a series of assassinations. John Cusack and Malin Akerman lead the cast and give solid performances. However, the writing is rather poor and employs some insane logic in regards to how the CIA works. While it's fairly entertaining and delivers some thrills, The Numbers Stations is formulaic and predictable.
December 3, 2013
Dann Michalski

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