History Film / MercuryRising

19th Apr '16 8:13:34 AM marcoasalazarm
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* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: As part of his EstablishingCharacterMoment, Kudrow labels Simon ([[IdiotSavant and others like him]] "retards" during his tirade about how he didn't approved the publishing of a message with Mercury on a magazine.

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* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: As part of his EstablishingCharacterMoment, Kudrow labels Simon ([[IdiotSavant and others like him]] him]]) "retards" during his tirade about how he didn't approved the publishing of a message with Mercury on a magazine.
19th Apr '16 8:12:32 AM marcoasalazarm
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* IdiotSavant: Simon Lynch. Just to show to the audience how good he is, he is seen solving a jigsaw puzzle from the blank, reverse side.

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* IdiotSavant: Simon Lynch. Just to show to the audience how good he is, he is seen solving a jigsaw puzzle from the blank, reverse side. The term "savant" is actually used by the technicians to describe Simon's ability to (''instinctively'') break Mercury to Kudrow.


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* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: As part of his EstablishingCharacterMoment, Kudrow labels Simon ([[IdiotSavant and others like him]] "retards" during his tirade about how he didn't approved the publishing of a message with Mercury on a magazine.
17th Apr '16 12:23:15 PM marcoasalazarm
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* CIAEvilFBIGood: The "NSA is Evil" variation of the Trope, represented by Kudrow and [[TheDragon Burrell]] (the NSA technicians involved in the plot are very innocent about the situation, even if they were the ones who created the whole mess).



* FBIGoodCIAEvil: The "NSA is Evil" variation of the Trope, represented by Kudrow and [[TheDragon Burrell]] (the NSA technicians involved in the plot are very innocent about the situation).


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* PublicSecretMessage: After a very extensive formal test of the Mercury code labeled it as completely uncrackable, one of the NSA technicians published a message created with Mercury (which included a contact number) on a puzzles magazine. He tries to explain away that he was trying to check out if it was possible for it to remain uncrackable when tossed against puzzle experts and the occasional IdiotSavant, but Kudrow [[SurroundedByIdiots is quick to (quite angrily) point out that this publishing was done without his permission]].
17th Apr '16 12:17:04 PM marcoasalazarm
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The film was a modest box office hit, its wordwide gross estimated to 93,107,289 dollars. About 33 million of these dollars came from the United States market, where it was the 61st most successful film of its year. It received mostly negative reviews, dismissed as an uninspired action film with stock situations. Willis won a UsefulNotes/GoldenRaspberryAward as Worst Actor for three of his 1998 films: ''Film/{{Armageddon}}'' , ''Mercury Rising'' and ''Film/TheSiege''. On the other hand, Hughes was praised for his realistic depiction of autism and won a Young Artist award.

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The film was a modest box office hit, its wordwide worldwide gross estimated to 93,107,289 dollars. About 33 million of these dollars came from the United States market, where it was the 61st most successful film of its year. It received mostly negative reviews, dismissed as an uninspired action film with stock situations. Willis won a UsefulNotes/GoldenRaspberryAward as Worst Actor for three of his 1998 films: ''Film/{{Armageddon}}'' , ''Mercury Rising'' and ''Film/TheSiege''. On the other hand, Hughes was praised for his realistic depiction of autism and won a Young Artist award.



* DeathOfAThousandCuts: How Burrell dies

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* DeathOfAThousandCuts: How Burrell diesdies--the explosion of various windows because of gunfire ends with him being peppered with dozens of shards which cut him to death. Also an aversion of SoftGlass.



* FBIGoodCIAEvil: The "NSA is Evil" variation of the Trope, represented by Kudrow and [[TheDragon Burrell]] (the NSA technicians involved in the plot are very innocent about the situation).



* ObstructiveBureaucrat: Lomax

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* ObstructiveBureaucrat: LomaxLomax, Art's boss.


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* WellIntentionedExtremist: Kudrow wished Simon dead because Simon can crack the Mercury code reflexively, and Mercury is not only the toughest code the NSA has, but also the one used by every single one of the spies that America currently has on assignment (so if an enemy power gets hold of Simon, it would risk the entire intelligence community). Kudrow ''tries'' to sell this to Art, but Art points out that Kudrow's unhesitating use of MurderIsTheBestSolution [[FauxAffablyEvil makes it very insincere]].
15th Apr '16 9:04:58 PM CaptEquinox
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* HollywoodAutism: Actually a not-too-unrealistic portrayal.
--> '''Jeffries.''' Autism... does that mean nothing gets through?
--> '''Nurse.''' No. It means ''everything'' gets through.
25th Dec '15 10:17:04 AM SeptimusHeap
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* WellIntentionedExtremist: Nicholas Kudrow would not hesitate in ordering the deaths of just about anyone, all in the name of the [[KnightTemplar Security of the United States]].
** Probably not really the case, though, since Art did give an option to Kudrow -namely: calling back all undercover agents before revealing that mercury was cracked- but Kudrow doesn't seem to think about this solution for not even a moment. Moreover we never see him talking about this situation with his superiors, for example before ordering to wipe out a whole family. It seems more like that Kudrow is only using the Well Intentioned Extremist mask as a cover for his fear to admit the failure of his work and to avoid to face the consequences of this failure on his brilliant carrier.
25th Dec '15 2:21:54 AM Dr_Zero
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** Probably not really the case, though, since Art did give an option to Kudrow -namely: calling back all undercover agents before revealing that mercury was cracked- but Kudrow doesn't seem to think about this solution for not even a moment. Moreover we never see him talking about this situation with his superiors, for example before ordering to wipe out a whole family. It seems more like that Kudrow is only using the Well Intentioned Extremist mask to cover for his fear to admit the failure of his work and the consequence on his brilliant carrier.

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** Probably not really the case, though, since Art did give an option to Kudrow -namely: calling back all undercover agents before revealing that mercury was cracked- but Kudrow doesn't seem to think about this solution for not even a moment. Moreover we never see him talking about this situation with his superiors, for example before ordering to wipe out a whole family. It seems more like that Kudrow is only using the Well Intentioned Extremist mask to as a cover for his fear to admit the failure of his work and to avoid to face the consequence consequences of this failure on his brilliant carrier.
24th Dec '15 5:24:40 PM Dr_Zero
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** Probably not really the case, though, since Art did give an option to Kudrow -namely: calling back all undercover agents before revealing that mercury was cracked- but Kudrow doesn't seem to think about this solution for not even a moment. Moreover we never see him talking about this situation with his superiors, for example before ordering to wipe out a whole family. It seems more like that Kudrow is only using the Well Intentioned Extremist mask to cover for his fear to admit the failure of his work and the consequence on his brilliant carrier.
15th Nov '15 11:49:21 AM nombretomado
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Elsewhere, 9-year old Simon Lynch (Hughes), an [[UsefulNotes/HighFunctioningAutism Autistic]] IdiotSavant, manages to break the code in a puzzle magazine and finds a telephone number. Which he innocently decides to call. He has just, unwittingly, broken cryptographic code called "Mercury", created and used by the National Security Agency (NSA) since the RonaldReagan Administration (term 1981-1989). The code was allegedly so complex that its creators believed no computer on Earth can decipher it. But two of them, Dean Crandell (Robert Stanton) and Leo Pedranski (Bodhi Elfman), had decided to put this to the test. They had published the code in the magazine to see if anyone could solve it. Unfortunately for all involved, Lieutenant Colonel Nicholas Kudrow (Baldwin) sees the boy as a liability. He sends [[ProfessionalKiller Hitman]] Peter Burrell (Lindsey Lee Ginter) to take out Simon and his parents. He already has plans on how to deal with the security leak.

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Elsewhere, 9-year old Simon Lynch (Hughes), an [[UsefulNotes/HighFunctioningAutism Autistic]] IdiotSavant, manages to break the code in a puzzle magazine and finds a telephone number. Which he innocently decides to call. He has just, unwittingly, broken cryptographic code called "Mercury", created and used by the National Security Agency (NSA) since the RonaldReagan UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan Administration (term 1981-1989). The code was allegedly so complex that its creators believed no computer on Earth can decipher it. But two of them, Dean Crandell (Robert Stanton) and Leo Pedranski (Bodhi Elfman), had decided to put this to the test. They had published the code in the magazine to see if anyone could solve it. Unfortunately for all involved, Lieutenant Colonel Nicholas Kudrow (Baldwin) sees the boy as a liability. He sends [[ProfessionalKiller Hitman]] Peter Burrell (Lindsey Lee Ginter) to take out Simon and his parents. He already has plans on how to deal with the security leak.
9th Mar '15 1:02:48 PM LongLiveHumour
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The film was a modest box office hit, its wordwide gross estimated to 93,107,289 dollars. About 33 million of these dollars came from the United States market, where it was the 61st most successful film of its year. It received mostly negative reviews, dismissed as an uninspired action film with stock situations. Willis won a GoldenRaspberryAward as Worst Actor for three of his 1998 films: ''Film/{{Armageddon}}'' , ''Mercury Rising'' and ''Film/TheSiege''. On the other hand, Hughes was praised for his realistic depiction of autism and won a Young Artist award.

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The film was a modest box office hit, its wordwide gross estimated to 93,107,289 dollars. About 33 million of these dollars came from the United States market, where it was the 61st most successful film of its year. It received mostly negative reviews, dismissed as an uninspired action film with stock situations. Willis won a GoldenRaspberryAward UsefulNotes/GoldenRaspberryAward as Worst Actor for three of his 1998 films: ''Film/{{Armageddon}}'' , ''Mercury Rising'' and ''Film/TheSiege''. On the other hand, Hughes was praised for his realistic depiction of autism and won a Young Artist award.
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