1 1/2 Stars
Art Jefferies (Bruce Willis) is a F.B.I. agent, who becomes the sole protector of an autistic boy. Simon (Miko Hughes) is no ordinary handicapped child, he has cracked the most advanced encryption code known to man. This ability renders Simon a threat, especially if he were to become captured by foreign enemies. Shadow Program Chief Nick Kudrow (Alec Baldwin) orders that Simon be classified as a “security threat” and must be eliminated immediately. Jefferies and Simon quickly realize they are on their own and no one can be trusted. As the formerly disgraced agent and the autistic boy elude attackers and discover the conspiracy behind a double murder also linked to the code, they must use each other to brink Kudrow to justice.
Harold Becker is a peculiar choice to direct, his strengths lie in drama. This is evident because the movie excels on the theatrical side and is butchered on the action front. It’s apparent Becker handed off the fights, stunts, and gunplay to his second-unit crew. The pieces don’t fit, making the whole movie feel like a patch-work job that barely clings together from scene to scene. All of this confusion is hammered home by an over-bearing score from the usually magnificent composer John Barry. Mercury Rising is a cold fish, it’s D.O.A.
Director: Harold Becker
Stars: Bruce Willis, Alec Baldwin, Miko Hughes