The Number Station (2013)

logoDirector: Kasper Barfoed

Writer: F. Scott Frazier (Screenplay)

Starring: John Cusack, Malin Akerman, Liam Cunningham, Richard Brake, Bryan Dick, Finbar lynch, Lucy Griffiths, Joey Ansah


Plot: When special force guy Emerson Kent (Cusack) fails to perform on duty, he is sent to babysit a code operator Katherine (Akerman) in a remote CIA broadcast station. He is content with the job but when one day he reports for duty with Katherine something is very wrong. The station has been compromised and the operatives they are replacing are missing. They must go into a life and death situation to survive and uncover the truth.


Verdict: A thriller with national secret at high risk.

Story: The idea of a secret code operating system being compromised is a good idea for a story, showing how the two agents involved would be able to fight to protect something that would have high risk for national secret. This story is a bit of a mix between flashbacks of action while the present discovers the aftermath. It doesn’t set anything a light and is not too original. (6/10)


Actor Review: John Cusack – A disgraced agent who is very cold throughout not letting himself getting to close to the operator. Cusack is slipping with his performances recently and this continues that trend. Pay Check Performance Award (5/10)


Actor Review: Malin Akerman – A chatty civilian who works as the code operator who also tries her hardest to get to know Emerson with little success. Malin plays the role well showing how simple the civilian working in a harder role can be performed with ease. (8/10)


Actor Review: Liam Cunningham – Partner and boss of Emerson who helps re-assign him to a role to bring his confidence back after the incident. Has very little screen time to show his role which could have been much more important to the overall story. (5/10)


Actor Review: Richard Brake – Leader of the team who take the operating station, very determined to get his message out and will do to any lengths to do so. Very cold villain, who puts enough in to show and make you believe how twisted he can be. (7/10)


Actor Review: Lucy Griffiths – Is one of the operative who gets captured and has to help the villains do the work. Has a good showing in this but never get enough time to do anything other than scream. (5/10)


Director Review: Kasper Barfoed – Has a good idea but fails to create enough tension to make any real impact in the thriller genre. (6/10)


Action: Short gun battles, fights and flashbacks that don’t do enough to make the action flow. (5/10)

Thriller:  Again doesn’t make the tension grow enough before making something happen. (5/10)

Chemistry: Katherine’s character tries to create a bound between the characters but Emerson doesn’t. (5/10)

Believability: It could very much be true if you want to believe the government are up to things we don’t know about. (8/10)

Chances of Tears: NONE (0/10)

Settings: Good setting but doesn’t use it to any real effect. (6/10)
Oscar Chances
: No

Chances of Sequel: Unlikely

Suggestion: I would say a few thriller fans may enjoy this, being short helps suggesting it as many people can get bored with thriller this will fill a short spell one evening but it is hard to say go out your way to see it. (If it is on)


Worst Part: No tension.


Overall: A thriller lacking the thrills


Rating 61%

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