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Festivale online magazine, March, 1998

Mercury Rising

Do you laugh when critics and reviewers talk about the 'logical successor' to an artist?

Mercury Rising features a young Rain Man. Miko Hughes plays a high-functioning autistic child with complete commitment, his performance setting a standard for the adult actors (Dustin Hoffman played the autistic adult in Rain Man).

Hughes nine-year-old character is a savant who breaks the NSA's supercode when it appears in a geek puzzle book. His call on the puzzle line starts a series of events that leaves him an orphan hiding on the streets of Chicago with maverick FBI agent Art Jeffries (Bruce Willis).

Miko Hughes as Simon in Mercury Rising, Festivale film review
Miko Hughes as Simon in Mercury Rising
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The premise is simple, the story arc is standard Hollywood, but the characterisation is strong, and the audience are carried through from beginning to end without a single mis-step.

The gunshots and bare-fisted blows have the deep resonant sound of a martial arts movie, and the blood flows freely, but as Terry points out, we are given a chance to meet the people and learn to care about them, and more importantly, Art cares, and he is our representative in this film.

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Terry says:
Willis is great when he's dealing with authority figures whose balls are bigger than their brains. He radiates desperation, incredulity and anger, taking our viewpoint on such fools to the max.

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Bruce Willis appears in The Jackal, The Fifth Element;
Chi McBride appears in Hoodlum;
Miko Hughes appears in Spawn;
Brian Grazer also produced Liar Liar
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Title: Mercury Rising (1998)
Written by: Lawrence Konner & Mark Rosenthal (Jewel of the Nile, Star Trek VI)
based on the novel Simple Simon by Ryne Douglas Peardon Directed by: Harold Becker (Sea of Love, City Hall)
Produced by: Brian Grazer, Karen Kehela, Joseph M. Singer, Ric Kidney
Edited by: Peter Honess
Director of Photography: Michael Seresin

The Players: Bruce Willis, Alec Baldwin, Miko Hughes, Chi McBride, Kim Dickens
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