Film Watch – 330. The Numbers Station

the-numbers-stationFast Facts

Title: The Numbers Station
Director: Kasper Barfoed
Year: 2013
Run time: 1hr 29m

Background Info

The trailer for this one looked interesting, and I was intrigued that it had Hannah Murray in it, of Skins fame. It took us a while to get round to watching the film but it was lovely and short and just right for a sleepless summer night.

Live Blog

4:20 – Dead man’s worth less than a Big Mac.
7:49 – You see someone get shot and your first question is “Why did you do that?”
9:14 – She used to be in Skins. Only made it ten minutes into the film, too.
12:25 – Ooh, many bunkers.
13:45 – Not just a bunker, a bunker with a microphone in it!
15:38 – “I like the idea of serving my country, even if I don’t know exactly what it is I do.”
26:09 – Oh, it’s fun hearing American’s saying British place names.
30:20 – He’s brilliantly not comforting.
36:35 – So John Cusack is turning into Nicolas Cage, right?
40:25 – “He knows what he’s doing, he’s a professional. And you’re… you.”
43:02 – I think it must be good to be a trained CIA Bond-type whatever, if only so as not to be scared of going into dark basements.
48:20 – “I can’t work in silence, so you might as well entertain me.” That’s me!
51:33 – This really is one big Apple ad. They’re even using the Magic Mouse.
59:12 – I like his little half smile.
1:01:41 – Why don’t they listen to the person that says ‘stay here’?
1:13:05 – Always with the car not starting!
1:18:28 – For a minute there, I thought it was all going to end up a bit Reservoir Dogs.

Conclusions

This is not a good film, but I did enjoy watching it quite a lot. It has potential, the underlying idea is great and the way some of the scenes unfold is unique but perhaps not pushed to their best limit. I thought it was predictable but not in a hideous cliché kind of way. Cusack was very good as the monosyllabic damaged agent who does have a heart really. Not recommended at all, but still not a complete waste of time.

Rating: 2/5

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