After losing a taste for killing, CIA Black Ops agent Emerson Kent is reassigned to a remote broadcast station known as a numbers station, to protect a code operator. The two quickly find themselves in the middle of a plot to fracture the CIA.
John Cusack (Emerson), Malin Akerman (Katherine), Liam Cunningham (Grey), Richard Brake (Max), Bryan Dick (David), Finbar Lynch (Michaels), Lucy Griffiths (Meredith), Joey Ansah (Derne), Victor Gardener (Fischer).
The Numbers Station begins with a bit of mild character development and plot setup that will be a familiar storyline for many. Once Emerson is reassigned to the Numbers Station things get a bit more interesting though the plot remains fairly bland. As the film progresses the plot solidifies as expected while audience investment builds slowly. The story winds down with a mild but once again expected ending.
Acting was decent in this one with Cusack delivering a bit stronger than usual. He seems to be finding a lot of roles anymore in mid-level action or spy type films. The genre seems to suit him but it also feels like he has stopped growing as an actor. Akerman was a nice choice to compliment Cusack and did well. The remainder of the supporting cast was solid.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were varied and well done with an authentic feel. Effects added most of the action in this one and were only slightly over the top at times. Dialogue was interesting and added nice depth to the story. Sound and soundtrack were both good.
Overall The Numbers Station is a good mid-level entry into the Action & Adventure genre. Those who enjoy a neatly wrapped up plot with probably enjoy this the most while those who crave action may be a bit disappointed.
With violence and foul language this should be fine for older teens and above.
copyright ©2013 Dave Riedel
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