It Doesn't Add Up
It was just another job for Emerson Kent (John Cusack) and his partner Grey (Liam Cunningham), go in kill two men and make sure there are no witnesses. Except when a young woman comes running after Emerson he can't bring himself to complete his orders and watches as Grey assassinates her. It leads to Emerson forced to take a psych evaluation and taken off of serious duties as a black ups agent to baby-sit Katherine (Malin Akerman), a code announcer to Europe. But when the station comes under attack things get more than a little complicate in a battle of survival.
I think I am on a losing streak when it comes to movies as the last 7 I have watched have seriously left me under whelmed and none more so that "The Numbers Station". Now my trouble with "The Numbers Station" is I expected more from a movie starring John Cusack and whilst he gives his usual high level of performance giving us everything from angst to quiet moodiness as well as some softer looks this movie is below him. In fact this movie is below Malin Akerman as well who ends up doing frantic whilst doing good looking but ending up with a character devoid of depth just like Cusack's.
Of course "The Numbers Station" isn't about character development it is all about the numbers, what they mean, why someone is ordering Katherine dead and what goes on at what looks like some sort of military bunker. The thing is that it does such a lousy job of trying to entice you in to this unfolding mystery that you don't care about the mystery, about the significance of the numbers or who is behind it all. And sadly no matter how much I like John Cusack as an actor, he is not overly convincing when it comes to the action especially in fight scenes.
What this all boils down to is that "The Numbers Station" ends up one misfire for me and from the casting through to the styling it just failed to draw me in, engage me and get me interested in what the heck was going on.