Falcon Rising

2014

Action / Adventure

158
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 43%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 40%
IMDb Rating 5.8 10 6058

Synopsis


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Cast

Neal McDonough as Manny Ridley
Michael Jai White as John 'Falcon' Chapman
Lateef Crowder as Carlo Bororo
Sala Baker as Gang Member 2
720p.BLU
758.44 MB
1280*720
English
R
23.976 fps
1hr 43 min
P/S 3 / 53

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by micglou 3 / 10

Cookie cutter and boring

Although I normally like a B-movie with Michael J White, this is absolutely not one of them. Bad acting, bad directing and camera-work, a thin cookie cutter plot and a disappointing White. Normally White will deliver some great fighting scenes despite a terrible movie and that normally makes them worth watching for me, but this one was way below what I expect from him... he looked stiff and even the 'boss fight' wasn't entertaining for a second. And when White is in the same movie as Lateef Crowder and they're opposite of each other a viewer would expect at least one awesome fight, but the director even skipped that part. This movie was a waste of my time. With 3 stars out of 10 I'm being pretty generous.

Reviewed by Comeuppance Reviews 4 / 10

The action scenes are quite good. The movie around it, not so much. 

John "Falcon" Chapman (MJW) is a suicidally depressed ex-Marine with PTSD whose emotional problems are exacerbated by alcohol abuse. That may seem dark, but things start to look up for Falcon when a new mission gives him renewed purpose in his life. Unfortunately, though, the mission involves his sister Cindy (Ali), who was attacked and hospitalized while in the favelas of Brazil. Falcon arrives in Sao Paulo and proceeds to beat up a bunch of people in his quest for answers. Teaming up with old contact Manny Ridley (McDonough), as well as gaining some new friends and foes along the way, Falcon discovers some surprising revelations about the crime syndicates of Brazil - the Japanese Yakuza is all over the place. Will Falcon find out who his sister's attackers were without getting himself killed in the process? We love Michael Jai White, or MJW as we call him, and we're happy to report he's still "got it". His Martial Arts abilities are cool, brutal, and top-notch. By far the best thing about Falcon Rising are the fight scenes, all of which involve White. Unfortunately, the movie AROUND it isn't so hot. The plot is paint-by-numbers and you don't get hooked in to the storyline like you could or should. We know a lot of people criticize action movies, saying that they're dumb and the plots are perfunctory window dressing so that the action setpieces can exist. In the case of Falcon Rising, that's a valid observation.

If you take another DTV movie we watched recently, Green Street 3, it doesn't compare to Falcon Rising at all, because GS3 works any way you slice it - with action, without action, low budget, high budget, whatever. It's just a good movie that satisfies the viewer. The acid test for action is - would the movie be good if you took out the action scenes? In the case of GS3 the answer is yes. In the case of Falcon Rising it's no. Director Barbarash was responsible for the Van Damme films Assassination Games (2011) and 6 Bullets (2012) so he should know the rules by now. And he commits another no-no… We don't like CGI bullet hits. We don't like CGI blood. We don't like CGI anything. "Speeding up" the action to cover it up doesn't work, and turning the blood into a "mist" is not a valid masking device either. Is doing this less expensive than squibs? Is it somehow an improvement in the development of mankind that nerds on a computer can now hit Alt-B for blood and Alt-E for explosion? This is considered acceptable and good? Especially when you have a charismatic and talented Martial Artist like MJW at the helm, CGI stuff should be eschewed.

Michael Jai White fans - and action fans in general - will appreciate the action scenes, which are quite good. The movie around it, not so much. 

Reviewed by FlashCallahan 7 / 10

Your old call sign......

John "Falcon" Chapman is driven by guilt and suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

When Chapman's sister is brutally attacked while on assignment in Brazil, Chapman flies into Sao Paulo to track down her assailants

But he quickly enters the city's seedy underbelly and discovers a world of drugs, the sex trade, corrupt cops, and organised crime syndicates battling for control.

It's a comforting image, when you see a straight to video action star in a one sheet looking down and slightly angry, with a shirtless gangster holding a samurai sword. It's comforting because you know exactly what your going to get, a revenge film with lots of fights and a decent final boss fight.

These films have been around since the mid-eighties, and it proves that people still love these films, even if they won't admit it, because they follow a narrative that is as old as time.

Tortured soul, who drinks a lot, has a fight in a shop by people holding the place up, gets visited by his sister, she gets hurt, he wants revenge, and there are lots of wonderfully choreographed fight sequences.

And if you hadn't guessed that those cops are corrupt the minute they appear on screen, you haven't seen enough of these films.

It's nothing new, it doesn't attempt to be anything that it isn't, and it's all the better for it.

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