The last time I saw John Cusack play a gun-toting badass was in 1997’s “Grosse Pointe Blank”. He seems to be channeling the Martin Blank character for “The Numbers Station”, where he plays a CIA agent who must protect “Watchmen’s” Malin Akerman from a small army of gun-toting assassins. All the while trapped in some wacky underground facility with absolutely no cavalry on the way. That’s gotta suck.
“The Numbers Station” is the Hollywood debut of Danish director Kasper Barfoed (“The Candidate”), and looks like a good time for fans of action movies. It’s actually the kind of movie I didn’t expect Cusack to be doing these days. Isn’t gun-blasting flicks more of a young man’s game? At one point Ethan Hawke was supposed to star in this thing.
Anyways, check out the trailer below, check it outers.
After his latest mission goes disastrously wrong, veteran CIA black ops agent Emerson Kent is given one last chance to prove he still has what it takes to do his job. His new assignment: guarding Katherine, a code operator at a top-secret remote CIA “Numbers Station” where encrypted messages are sent and received. When an elite team of heavily armed assailants lays siege to the station, Emerson and Katherine suddenly find themselves in a life-or-death struggle against an unknown enemy. With the station compromised and innocent lives at stake, they must stop the deadly plot before it’s too late.
Also starring Hannah Murray, Liam Cunningham, Lucy Griffiths, Bryan Dick, and Richard Brake.
Cusack watches over Malin Akerman April 26, 2013.