Image Entertainment | Release Date: April 26, 2013
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norseJul 27, 2013
Actually a really suspenseful movie new concept, no overly complex backstory, characters that aren't overexplained. John Cusack carries the movie, the bad guys are bad and believable, the narrative is structured for slow unveil. WorthActually a really suspenseful movie new concept, no overly complex backstory, characters that aren't overexplained. John Cusack carries the movie, the bad guys are bad and believable, the narrative is structured for slow unveil. Worth watching. No clue why the critics hated it. Expand
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the_antibobAug 4, 2013
Unfairly maligned by most everyone who seemed to be demanding Grosse Pointe Blank II. This definitely is not that movie. Also not the standard action thriller suggested by the trailer. It is a very good existential portrait of aUnfairly maligned by most everyone who seemed to be demanding Grosse Pointe Blank II. This definitely is not that movie. Also not the standard action thriller suggested by the trailer. It is a very good existential portrait of a spy/assassin ground down by the reality of his profession. Emerson Kent could be Martin Blank, 15 years later, if he had missed his high school reunion. Cusack's performance reminds me a bit of John Hurt's anxiety- ridden killer in The Hit (1984). Expand
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Tss5078Jun 3, 2013
John Cusack is a terrific actor and he proves it once again in The Numbers Station. Recently, Cusack has done a lot more direct-to-video stuff, deciding to be a big fish in a much smaller pond, and it has worked out very well. The NumbersJohn Cusack is a terrific actor and he proves it once again in The Numbers Station. Recently, Cusack has done a lot more direct-to-video stuff, deciding to be a big fish in a much smaller pond, and it has worked out very well. The Numbers Station is a secret CIA base in a secluded part of England, where encoded messages are sent to agents in the field. Emerson (John Cusack) was one of those agents, until his conscience caught up with him, and he is assigned to guard the station, a quiet, lonely job, until terrorists break in, and he is the last line of defense. A movie like this, with a small cast in a secluded location, only works if the stars of the film can keep you're attention and make the story believable, and both Cusack and Malin Akerman both do a terrific job of it. This movie is more about the intensity of the situation and the reaction of the people involved than it is about killing bad guys, and that is why Cusack was perfect choice for the lead in this film. Few actors bring the experience of intensity that John Cusack brings to a project. The story here, wasn't anything unique or extraordinary, but it was an action film from a more psychological point of few. Most action films are more about big explosions and special effects, the story is secondary, but in The Numbers Station, things are reversed and that's why I liked it so much. It's a fun film, that will keep you guessing, with a cast that will engage you the whole way. It may have been an independent direct-to-video film, but it has the bite of a much larger beast. Expand
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HotelCentralFeb 2, 2020
Here's the thing: The Num8bers Station isn't a James Bond gimmick-fest. It's not a Wick action-murder fantasy. It's not Tom Cruise flying helicopters into railway tunnels or going for a jog on the 80th floor windows of a skyscraper. It'sHere's the thing: The Num8bers Station isn't a James Bond gimmick-fest. It's not a Wick action-murder fantasy. It's not Tom Cruise flying helicopters into railway tunnels or going for a jog on the 80th floor windows of a skyscraper. It's a spy flick. The plot involves someone, apparently the Russians, using our own intelligence infrastructure against us in an attempt to decapitate the US intelligence services. Because in the world of this film assassinations are commonplace and the ends justify the means, any means, any time, anywhere, and never mind how savage the means might be.

Well, there's at least one guy with a conscience who decides that wholesale slaughter isn't quite what he signed up for.

So the film delivers no glamorous super agents. There are no fist fights or gun battles lasting half an hour. No car chases with people driving off the roofs of buildings. No Cigarette boats jumping from one canal to another. No helicopters flying upside down inside aquariums full of molten lava. No Plenty O'Tooles in bikinis.

It's mostly about this one spook in a bunker. His job: protect the numbers, the codes, the computers, and the woman who runs them. If that's not enough then go look for some guy in a jetsuit. Just follow the trail of centerfold models.
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