THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

CAN HE DO IT?

​​THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

#11 THE NUMBERS STATION (2013)










#10 on this year's Movie Countdown is the 2013 thriller The Numbers Station. While you would have thought we'd have gotten a cool story about these real-life coded transmission stations used by all of the foreign powers (and the US) to talk to foreign agents in the field via shortwave, we do not. John Cusick is a black ops agent for the agency who one day while knocking off people who have fled its employ, he has second thoughts about why they (and occasionally their families) have to be killed. He gets transferred to a numbers station in the U.K. to clear his head where his assignment is to protect the facility (and cryptologist Malin Ackerman, whose character is sweet and has little clue of what she's really doing). Anyway, of course, other foreign agents attack and kill the other agent and cryptologist and set up some broadcasts where the assignments are not exactly in the best interests of the U-S intelligence community. When all this is over, Cusack knows that she may be an asset that has to be eliminated because she will know too much. Cusick (who's played this type of character a few times before) is dour and thoughtful as the agent with second thoughts. Ackerman is bright and cheery until trouble starts and then she fights not to fall apart. The Numbers Station is not terrible on a slow night but don't go out of your way for it.

SHOULD TLA SEE THIS? The numbers just don't add up.