Just how well do you really know yourself? This is a question Mina (Sofia Black-D'Elia) is forced to ask herself. When her parents are horrifically murdered in front of her, she is picked up by security services and told the horrible truth - her father is not the man who raised her. She is actually the daughter of a ruthless warlord who had a brief relationship with her mother. Now, the warlord wants her back, and she is forced into a horrific warzone in order to escape the man who is trying to take her, while also save the people he is willing to kill in order to achieve her aims.
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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. But the film is ultimately sabotaged by a clearly low budget and lacklustre direction that fails to connect the dots of the story. Even with some clever touches, the plot is resolutely fuzzy, and since it never comes into clear focus it's difficult for us to care what happens.
The title refers to radio stations governments have used for decades to broadcast strings of numbers that are decoded by covert field operatives. One of these agents is Emerson (Cusack), whose job is to clean up messes around America. But after a nasty incident he's having second thoughts about his career, so his boss (Cunningham) reassigns him to a numbers station in rural England, where his task is to keep an eye on civilian cryptologist Katherine (Akerman). Then the station is suddenly compromised, leaving Emerson and Katherine locked inside while a gang of baddies tries to break in.
Director Barfoed gives the movie a nicely haunted quality that builds a strong sense of menace. Cusack adds his trademark cynicism to the mix as a man who resorts to brittle humour to mask his torment over the death of a teen girl on an earlier mission, made worse by the fact that Katherine is now a "loose end" here. And so is he, for that matter. Akerman is a superb foil for him, giving Katherine a spiky braininess that catches Emerson off guard: if he's falling for her, he can't kill her. Can he? These themes are thoroughly involving, even if the script never goes anywhere with them.
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The Evil Queen, Ravenna, is very beautiful but very deadly. Early in her reign, she despaired over 'battles fought and lives lost' but now, she draws strength from the cries of war. Each day, she looks in her magic mirror and asks 'who is the fairest of them all?' The answer is always her.
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Why would aliens invade a housing estate in south London? That's the question a gang of youths find themselves asking one and other when that very thing happens in their neighbourhood. As Sam, a trainee nurse, walks home through the dark streets near her flat she's attacked and mugged by some street kids, fearing for her safety luckily the kids become distracted when they see a bright object fall to earth. Exploring the wreckage, they're attacked by a small yet fiece creature which they manage to kill.
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Have a spookily musical Halloween this year.
Just how well do you really know yourself? This is a question Mina (Sofia Black-D'Elia)...
There's an interesting, timely idea in this espionage thriller, as well as adept leading actors...
The Evil Queen, Ravenna, is very beautiful but very deadly. Early in her reign, she...
Why would aliens invade a housing estate in south London? That's the question a gang...