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|
This movie has one huge problem: *its basic premise makes no sense at all*. Killing the kid is in absolutely nobody's interest. His codebreaking skill would be of immeasurable value to the very people who are trying to kill him, while safeguarding the code without killing him would be fairly straightforward. This is so obvious that it essentially ruins the whole movie.
The rest of the movie is OK if you ignore that problem. The performances are generally good, and Miko Hughes is excellent as Simon. There is nothing here you haven't seen a dozen times before, but it's generally well done. It's not worth making any real effort to see this movie, but you probably won't have a bad time if you do.