Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.
USA, 1998. Universal Pictures, Imagine Entertainment. Screenplay by Lawrence Konner, Mark Rosenthal, based on the novel Simple Simon by Ryne Douglas Pearson. Cinematography by Michael Seresin. Produced by Brian Grazer, Karen Kehela Sherwood. Music by John Barry. Production Design by Patrizia von Brandenstein. Costume Design by Betsy Heimann. Film Editing by Peter Honess.
Anyone looking to spend an easy two hours with their favourite action hero will have a good time. Bruce Willis is his usual reluctant hero self, forced to protect a young autistic boy when the child accidentally decodes a top secret government weapons code (apparently the CIA puts these things in word search puzzles for fun). Miko Hughes is totally believable as the boy, but he’s in such a lackluster film with a by-the-numbers plot that you won’t give a damn about anything involved in the making of this typical Hollywood thriller. Alec Baldwin also stars as the ruthless government agent who wants to get rid of the witness despite the moral cost.