| Too bad the script and one bad acting turn
sink Mercury Rising beyond rescue. Given an understated performance by Bruce Willis
as a disaffected FBI agent and an excellent young co-star in Miko Hughes playing an
autistic savant, youd have to guess this was a winner. Too many improbabilities and
characters as flat as a blank piece of typing paper govern the fate of Mercury Rising. Alec
Baldwin is over the top playing the military villain. You can blame Baldwin or you can
blame the script, but the result is disastrous either way.
Willis is Art
Jeffries, an FBI undercover specialist who becomes too emotionally involved with the
perpetrators he has infiltrated. In an early morning hostage shoot-out, Jeffries loses his
cool over the manner in which his FBI colleagues dispose of the cult members holding
hostages in a bank. The result is a demotion to telephone surveillance duty. Meanwhile, a
young autistic boy inadvertently deciphers a secret cryptographic code in a puzzle book.
Colonel Kudrow(Baldwin)orders his heavies to dispose of the boy and his family. The
assassin cant find the boy before the police arrive to answer a 911 call from the
dying father. Since Jeffries is close by, the FBI sends him to investigate. He finds the
boy hiding in a hidden cubby and takes him to the hospital. Before you can say Alec
Baldwin, the heavy is dispatched to the hospital to finish off the boy. Jeffries comes to
the rescue, grabbing the boy from the hospital. Everybodys after Jeffries and the
boy. I can promise you this: before Mercury Rising ends, Jeffries gets to have two
confrontations with Kudrow, some good wine is wasted, and the boy says "Art is a
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