Mercury Rising (UK)
Someone knows too much
Running Time: 107 mins
Retail Price: £19.99
Content Type: Movie
Art Jeffries (Bruce Willis), a renegade FBI agent, combats ruthless Federal agents to protect Simon, a nine-year-old autistic boy, who has cracked the government`s new `unbreakable` code.
He can read Mercury, the most advanced encryption code, as easily as other kids read English. This ability renders the new billion-dollar secret code vunerable, especially if enemies of the United States should learn of Simon`s abilities and capture him.
Program Chief Nick Kudrow (Alec Baldwin) orders the "security threat" eliminated, but Kudrow hasn`t counted on Jeffries getting involved. As they are trailed by deadly assassins, Jeffries quickly realizes that no one can be trusted. Now time is running out and he discovers his only hope of survival is using Simon`s special ability to bring their adversaries to justice.
Feature commentary with director Harold Becker
Watch the Mercury Rising an original documentary featuring interviews with director Harold Becker, cast members Bruce Willis, Chi McBride, Kim Dickens and producer Brian Grazer
Cast & Filmaker`s Notes
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
Dolby Digital 5.1 English
Dolby Digital 5.1 French
Dolby Digital 5.1 Spanish
Dolby Digital Stereo 2.0 Portuguese
Dolby Digital 5.1 German
Dolby Digital Stereo 2.0 Italian
Ryne Douglas Pearson
Director of Photography:
Patrizia Von Brandenstein
Thomas J. Mack
Columbia / Tristar
Your Opinions and Comments
Willis is doing his usual job of semi-acting. Hughes is rather annoying (probably due to his precise portray of an autistic kid) and Baldwin is nowhere to be seen.
The video transfer is ok. Nothing amazing, but ok. There are no compression signs and the special effects are simple, yet convincing.
The DD 5.1 soundtrack is good. The surrounds are used frequently and the LFE channel is very active. The disk boasts an impressive collection of 7 audio tracks in various European languages - very rare for a movie which is not an animated feature.
The menus are all still.
The extras include a commentary, a 30 minute behind the scenes look, some deleted scenes, a photo gallery and some production notes.
Bottom line - a rather boring thriller that does not deliver the goods. Sorry.