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Film Watch - 330. The Numbers Station

Published July 14, 2013

Fast 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: **25

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