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Mercury Rising (1998)



Critic Consensus: Mercury Rising lays the action on thick, but can never find a dramatic pulse to keep viewers -- or Bruce Willis -- engaged with its maudlin story.

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In this action suspense thriller, nine-year-old autistic savant Simon deciphers a government code and calls in for his prize. Worried about national security, NSA officials send an assassin to kill him. His parents are killed but he is saved by an FBI agent who drags him through Chicago to protect him.

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Bruce Willis
as Art Jeffries
Alec Baldwin
as Nicholas Kudrow
Chi McBride
as Tommy B. Jordan
Robert Stanton
as Dean Crandell
Bodhi Elfman
as Leo Pedranski
Carrie Preston
as Emily Lang
L.L. Ginter
as Peter Burrell
John Carroll Lynch
as Martin Lynch
Kelley Hazen
as Jenny Lynch
John Doman
as Supervisor Hartley
Richard Riehle
as Edgar Halstrom
James MacDonald
as SWAT Team Leader Francis
Camryn Manheim
as Dr. London
Jack Conley
as Detective Nichols
Maricela Ochoa
as Charlayne
Peter Fontana
as Pasquale
Kirk B.R. Woller
as Lieutenant
Betsy Brantley
as Special Ed Teacher No. 2
Margaret Travolta
as Autism Expert Nurse
Tiffany Fraser
as Night Nurse
Koko Taylor
as Koko Taylor
Matt Levert
as Tommy Jordan Jr.
Lisa Summerour
as Dana Jordan
Gwen McGee
as Security Woman
Kristina Eliot Johnson
as Special Ed Teacher No. 1
James Krag
as Rookie Agent Roger
Wadell Brown
as Bank Security Guard
Tim Grimm
as Ted/Security Guard
John Scanlon
as South Dakota Helicopter Pilot
Brent Freeman
as Marine Guard
Gary Hand
as Kudrow's Assistant
Steve Key
as Cop at Lynch House
Darryl Alan Reed
as Ambulance Driver
Steve Rankin
as WGEX Helicopter Pilot
Maureen Gallagher
as Flea Market Lady
Mark Collins
as Train Conductor
Denise Woods
as Nurse in Elevator
Kim Robillard
as Motorman
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Critic Reviews for Mercury Rising

All Critics (57) | Top Critics (22)

There's such a lack of vision behind Mercury Rising that the title could have it going in either direction and it would still end up in the same familiar place.

April 23, 2020 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The actors' serious faces are out of place in this hopelessly silly action conspiracy.

April 21, 2020 | Full Review…

Baldwin's Kudrow is a one-dimensional, humorless variation on his corporate tyrant in Glengarry Glen Ross.

April 21, 2020 | Full Review…

Standard action fare with a false overlay of social conscience.

April 21, 2020 | Full Review…

The real treat is seeing Big Daddy Bruce playing the papa bear part to the little lost boy.

April 21, 2020 | Full Review…

An anaemic time-waster you've seen before that fails to create tension or generate the suspense this genre cries out for.

April 21, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Mercury Rising


This is a rather formulaic, and predictable thriller, which is a real shame since the premise had a lot of potential. Bruce Willis stars as an outcast FBI agent whose chance at redemption comes in the form of protecting a 9 year-old autistic boy who managed to crack a high level government code hidden in a puzzle book. The code got cracked, and due to the secrets involved with it, the cracker has to apparently be silenced, and that's where the film fails to live up to some of its potential. The target is a young autistic kid, and I can't really remember anyone challenging the moral question of eliminating the kid given the circumstances. The film sorta toys with the idea of who is more of a villain, but mostly it just relies on being a typical cat and mouse chase thriller. Willis tries his best with the material, but doesn't do anything remarkable. The same can be said for most of the cast, save for Miko Hughes as the autistic kid, who actually does show some chops with having to play a difficult part with some amount of sensitivity and nuance. See this if you want, but don't expect much since, despite the premise, it's a rather forgettable piece of work.

Chris Weber
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

Nobody's trying hard at all in this by-the-numbers Willis vehicle that has him up against a government conspiracy --- ho-hum. To demonstrate evolution: the F.B.I. useta be the bad guys in this sort of thing, but herein Willis plays one, howbeit a "rogue" agent. Oooooo.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

did not have a good plot. really bad acting.

erika bruhns
erika bruhns

Super Reviewer

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