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At Theaters: 4/3/1998 On Video: 9/15/1998
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 52 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 049802
Studio: Universal Pictures Inc.
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A tender relationship develops between an embittered FBI agent and the child he comes to protect. Although seemingly unlikely allies, they share one thing in common: isolation. As an autistic child, Simon lives in his own impenetrable world (of puzzles and maps). Conversely, Jeffries' isolation is self-imposed. He is a disillusioned and broken man who has pushed too hard too often, alienating himself from his associates who write off what he cannot prove but knows to be true as his own paranoia. Together, these two people must learn to trust one another in order to survive.

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Action Thriller - Mercury Rising is an extremely generic action thriller which tries -- not very successfully -- to add touching character interaction between Bruce Willis and an autistic boy. Viewers looking for little more than a diverting action film will probably be satisfied with the collection of shootouts, chases and fights. Others may find the attemps to make Willis a sensitive Dad kinda guy silly and unnecessary. Competent, but instantly forgettable.

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Cast and Crew Heading
Bruce Willis (Die Hard)
Alec Baldwin (The Hunt for Red October)
Miko Hughes (Spawn)
Director: Harold Becker (City Hall)
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About The Production
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PROFANITY: Strong and fairly frequent
VIOLENCE: Several graphic shootings and beatings
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Brief scene of drinking alcohol; use of prescription barbituates
ACTION: A few chase scenes, lengthy shootouts

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There comes a time in a critic's life when he simply has nothing to say about a film as gruellingly generic as Mercury Rising, but he's got space to fill so he keeps on talking anyway. This is the kind of action film where dogs jump out of nowhere to spook an audience, where glass shatters in slow motion, and where children are placed in jeopardy. It's a hero with a gun, a villain with an attitude, a woman with nothing to do but cringe in fear and a script with time to kill. It's competent, business-like and utterly uninspired.

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Based on an Exit Polling of 199 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
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13-19Teens (M)
13-19Teens (F)
20-29Yg Adults (M)
Fairly High
20-29Yg Adults (F)
Fairly High
30+Adults (M)
30+Adults (F)
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FBI agent Art Jeffries (Bruce Willis) is despondent and without hope, teetering on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Relegated to routine assignments, following a botched undercover operation for which he was made the scapegoat, Jeffries is a man adrift in a world he distrusts, betrayed by a government agency to which he has dedicated his life. But when he is assigned to investigate the disappearance of a nine-year-old autistic child whose parents have been mysteriously slain, he unknowingly stumbles into a situation that is anything but routine.

While exploring the scene of the murders at a modest Chicago home, Jeffries discovers the missing boy hidden in a crawl space. The autistic child, Simon (Miko Hughes) is deeply traumatized and unable to speak, and the hard-edged agent immediately feels an intuitive connection with the boy's pain and isolation. His cop instincts also tell him that the boy is in danger, prompting him to demand police surveillance at the hospital where Simon is being cared for. When the surveillance is inexplicably dropped, Jeffries takes the boy under his own protection and flees.

Although his associates disregard Jeffries' accusations, chalking them up to his paranoia, an attack on Simon proves Jeffries' theory unbeknownst to Art. Simon, who is a savant, a condition not uncommon in people with autism, has, in fact, become the target of ruthless assassins after inadvertently deciphering a top-secret military code, Mercury. This code serves to protect American espionage operations around the world and was thought to be infallible and indecipherable. The two fugitives are now on a collision course with the most powerful and covert government force in the United States-the omnipotent and elusive National Security Agency (NSA) led by high-ranking NSA official, Lt. Colonel Nicholas Kudrow (Alec Baldwin), determined to use whatever means necessary to protect the code on which he has staked his career and made a name for himself. Moreover, he will not let himself or the code be taken down by a 9-year-old autistic child.

Now outcast from the FBI and unable to seek help from the police, Jeffries and Simon are alone, in peril and on the run.

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