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1990s, Drama - Conspiracy

Mercury Rising (1998)

Duration 1h 51m Rating (UK) 15
Source of story A book “Simple Simon” by Ryne Douglas Pearson
Writers/Script Lawrence Konner, Mark Rosenthal
Additional Info Alec Baldwin only appeared in this because of contractual obligations. When did he do anything else, we might ask.
Director Harold Becker
Starring Bruce Willis, Alec Baldwin, Miko Hughes, Kim Dickens, John Carroll Lynch
Elevator Pitch An FBI undercover operative is relegated to being a stake-out man and in that role finds himself protecting an autistic boy who has accidentally cracked a secret government security code, and as a consequence is being hunted by an assassin, who has already killed the boy’s parents. He finds himself on the police wanted list, so he alone can prevent further murders.
Content A number of tense events involving the assassin and some shoot outs mainly with handguns. The man and the boy are on the run, in cars on foot and in trains. The geeks in the secret service work in their office. The villain of the piece frightens everybody. There is no nudity, romance or drug taking, but just a bit of drinking.
A View This was not much liked by the critics – too formulaic they said, but it has aged well and is still worth a view. Of course this could be just me. I am a bit of a Bruce Willis fan and enjoy conspiracy movies.

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