Simon is a nine-year-old autistic boy who has cracked the government's new "unbreakable" code. This skill renders the new billion-dollar secret code vulnerable, especially if enemies of the United States should learn of Simon's abilities and capture him. Program chief Nick Kudrow orders the "security threat" eliminated, but Kudrow hasn't counted on renegade FBI agent Art Jeffries (Bruce Willis).
|Release Date||:||April 2, 1998|
|Genres||:||Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller|
|Production Company||:||Imagine Entertainment, Universal Pictures|
|Production Countries||:||United States of America|
|Writers||:||Ryne Douglas Pearson, Lawrence Konner, Mark Rosenthal|
|Casts||:||Bruce Willis, Alec Baldwin, Miko Hughes, Chi McBride, Kim Dickens, Robert Stanton, Bodhi Elfman, Carrie Preston, Lindsey Ginter, Peter Stormare, Kevin Conway, John Carroll Lynch, Kelley Hazen, John Doman, Richard Riehle, Chad Lindberg, Hank Harris, Camryn Manheim, Jack Conley, Maricela Ochoa, Peter Fontana, Kirk B.R. Woller, James MacDonald, Gwen McGee, Ned Schmidtke|
|Plot Keywords||:||assassin, loss of family, fbi, bangkok, national security agency, boy, child in peril, fbi agent, autistic child, autistic, autistic savant|
I just watcehd this on DVD, loved it and was literally stunned to find that most people, in particular those that write movie reviews for a living slated this.
Maybe its because in 2004, some six years after its original release we are seeing a revival of the action/thriller (Bourne Supremacy etc).
So, what didn't I like, not much. I would like to have seen more made of the kids codebreaking, they could really have milked that and didn't, the opening scene was just to cliché in setting up Willis's character as were the characters of his big black boss and hard nosed chief. The very last scene was typical US syrup but was thankfully very short.
What was good? everything else, I loved the idea behind the story, Miko Hughes is totally amazing to the point I had to check the next day to find out how the hell they managed to get a autistic kid to act (is isn't autistic but is a damn fine actor), Willis really does add vulnerability to a role that he has played many times before, with the movie underpinned fantastically with a John Barry soundscore and Harold Becker carefully crafts what for me was a very enjoyable movie watching experience and stands head and shoulders above many I have seen recently. 3/5 for me