The Numbers Station
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After his latest mission goes disastrously wrong, veteran CIA black ops agent Emerson Kent (John Cusack, 2012) is given one last chance to prove he still has what it takes to do his job. His new assignment: guarding Katherine (Malin Akerman, Watchmen), a code operator at a top-secret remote CIA "Numbers Station" where encrypted messages are sent and received. When an elite team of heavily armed assailants lays siege to the station, Emerson and Katherine suddenly find themselves in a life-or-death struggle against an unknown enemy. With the station compromised and innocent lives at… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 32%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"John Cusack replays his role as a lethal operative with occupational angst for a routine thriller with a female cryptographer at secret CIA site. Dire workplace issues ensue."
‑ Bill Stamets, Chicago Sun-Times
"This dreary spy drama is as flat and airless as the concrete bunker in which it unfolds."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"Danish director Kasper Barfoed, who makes his English-language debut here, makes fine use of the movie's tight constraints, painting it in concrete hallways, electrical panels, and glowing computer screens."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
"There's an interesting, timely idea in this espionage thriller, as well as adept leading actors who are able to make the most of the script's dry wit."
‑ Rich Cline,
"John Cusack is back in a ferocious spy role updated to the information universe. Look out."
‑ Ron Wilkinson, Monsters and Critics
"A predictable hodgepodge of uninteresting psychological cat-and-mouse, dimly lighted action filmed by director Kasper Barfoed in standard-operating shaky-cam ..."
‑ Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"Akerman does work hard to keep up the energy level. Cusack, though, seems bored by the superficial proceedings, which don't even offer the distraction of a real romantic connection or a suspenseful confrontation."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"The claustrophobic location gives the film a clammy suspense, though it's so dimly lit that it's sometimes hard to work out who is shooting at whom."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
"The Numbers Station is a cheap and predictable thriller that works only because of its two leading cast members: John Cusack and Malin Akerman."
‑ Jeremy Lebens, We Got This Covered
"John Cusack's usual clipped way of talking serves him well in the role of a disillusioned black ops agent. He's also convincing in the film's gunplay sequences and in his guarded interaction with others."
‑ Betty Jo Tucker, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"With Cusack's help, Barfoed holds your interest without resorting to car chases, a rarity in a contemporary thriller."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"Cusack and Akerman scramble down a series of dimly lit, identical-looking passageways. The setting is as ill-defined as the characters."
‑ A.A. Dowd, AV Club
"A potentially intriguing idea is thrown out the window in this predictable low-budget thriller."
‑ Todd Jorgenson,
"'The Numbers Station' is a competent film and it does manage to create some tension. But you're conscious of the fact that it all feels familiar and wondering why there isn't a little more to it."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"Cusack's glum visage immediately lays a wet blanket over Danish director Kasper Barfoed's English-language debut and keeps it firmly in place until the final fade-out."
‑ Ethan Alter, Television Without Pity
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