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Mercury Rising

Mercury Rising falls to a weak script.

Art Jeffries (Bruce Willis), an FBI agent, has a commitment to kids, particularly those who are in the cross-hairs of government agencies.  The story begins with Jeffries as an undercover agent involved in a bank robbery led by a father who believes the United States has no rights over his self-declared society.  His two kids are in the bank as it is surrounded by over-anxious FBI agents.  Jeffries survives but the two young sons of the rebel die when the agents attack the bank too hurriedly.  For his criticism of the agency, Jeffries is relegated to sitting in cellars listening to wire taps.

Simon (Miko Hughes) is a nine-year-old autistic savant whose parents have been mysteriously slain.  Jeffries stumbles into Simon's situation which is anything but routine.  Simon is the target of a NSA official, Lt. Colonel Nicholas Kudrow (Alec Baldwin) because his affliction allows him to break a code with protects NSA agents in the field.  In Kudrow's distorted vision, Simon must die to protect the code.

The script becomes amateurish when it allows Baldwin's character to murder at will, con federal agencies, and have no oversight to control irrational administrators in his department.

Baldwin's performance has little chance with the one-dimensional Kudrow, but he does everything that is expected.  Hughes is acceptable but his part is consistently repetitive and at times irritating.

Willis is fine in the part of the troubled and somewhat eccentric character.  It's what he does best.

Most interesting is the commitment on the part of the main character to protect the child.  The villain, Kudrow, believes Simon, who has a disability, is expendable.  Jeffries is willing to risk his life for the frightened young boy.

Mercury Rising isn't hot enough to get the summer season started.

Mercury Rising


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