Other reviewers are too hard on this film (by jwb001)
I've watched most films on the IMDb list "Best action movies in 2014/2015" http://www.imdb.com/list/ls075110196/ , from the highest rated down to "Falcon Rising".I really do not understand why other users have given "Falcon Rising" such a low rating at present, 5.7/10 from 4,359 users . In fact, I gave the film 10/10 simply to counterbalance the naysayers.During the film, a character states that Brazil has the second-largest population of Japanese people besides Japan. I noted to myself, "After the film finishes, I will try to verify this statement; if <more>
it's true, I will write a review on IMDb".It's true. See the article "Japanese Brazilian" on Wikipedia. Such attention to accuracy reflects well on the film to me."Falcon Rising" is an excellent action film. Definitely better than "Non-Stop" 7.0/10 , "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" 6.2/10 , and "Taken 3" 6.0/10 .
Very good action movie. White was epic in this one ...already looking forward to Falcon Rising II. Would have liked to see Laila in more scenes though however she probably might have stolen some of the thunder away from White which was obviously not the directors plans. Brazil is always a great backdrop for action movies as some gritty hardcore action flicks City of God etc. have all come out from Rio. For the next movie i would hope an even more hardcore approach to ramp up the violence and intensity and hopefully continue keeping the sex and profanity at a minimum. I give this movie two <more>
thumbs up and i personally would rate it 7.0 instead of 5.7.
Outstanding but needs a bit more work!!! (by oscarman45)
I knew I'd seen Michael Jai White from somewhere else, so a quick check on here and voilà - The Dark Knight.Well I was impressed with Michael Jai White and his moves but and there's always a but...the fight scenes could have been a little more choreographed. As far as fresh new moves for a movie, it didn't hold back one bit. There are some great one-liners in there but it just lacked something.On the hole, I was kept watching, didn't flinch and fell into the film. It's a good movie despite some peoples low rating but what it does clearly show are the very low and dark <more>
sides of Brazil...every country has them!!! Enjoy :-
Meet the most under-used action hero in film.. (by A_Different_Drummer)
In my IMDb review of Blood and Bone, I not only top-rated the film a no-brainer but pointed out that Michael Jai White was probably the most entertaining action star out there, with split-second moves and a friendly gravitas that lets him connect with the viewer.That second part was clearly NOT a no-brainer, because, other than the IMDb faithful, no one else seems to have caught the hint.Now, a few years later, director Ernie Barbarash, who seems to have had a penchant for working with Van Damme, finally made the smart choice.For all intents and purposes, this could be White's <more>
long-awaited sequel to Blood and Bone. It is a slow-starter but frankly to see White in an action scene is well worth the wait. And the benefit of a slow start is that it builds. Not a lot of films today can claim that.I will close this review with a challenge to anyone in Hollywood with ears to hear and eyes to see. White seems in peak condition but history tells us that he probably has only so many of these films in him before he goes the way of Seagal and starts wearing designer clothes based on tents. Somebody should notice this guy and let him start making the films he was meant to make.
I thought it was a B movie, boy was I wrong (by imdb-9665)
So when I first saw the trailer for this movie I thought it was going to be your typical predictable Hollywood action flick. As we all do sometimes I resolved myself to just forgive anything corniness and just enjoy the movie. I sure was in for a surprise; this movie is anything but cliché -- it was a genuine rockbuster of a film that blew me away.The fight scenes were really well done and even the acting was surprisingly good. There were maybe a couple small action film stereotypes but they were subdued to the point where they weren't insulting e.g., ending fight scene at the docks <more>
against the bad guys, boss, etc. In all I was highly entertained and I recommend the movie.
For everyone who liked the good old action flicks like Rambo, this was a good movie. (by stinemonster)
I grew up watching Mel Gibson, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone and Harrison Ford action films. All of those guys are old and so we don't see too much from them anymore. We need some new and younger guys to come out and take over for the old timers.I liked this movie. It was a good old typical action flick and the action was good. It didn't have the story behind it like Indiana Jones or Rocky. It was a lot more like Rambo but it was still good. I hope they come out with more sequels to this.The acting was good. The action was good. There was enough explosions and fire fights <more>
to keep you entertained. They even threw in a little sword fighting. They covered just about everything.For everyone giving this a low rating, you must have hated Rambo, grew up in a different time or just don't like good action flicks. If you don't like the good old action flicks, then please don't rate them.
Dumb fun, though not quite heavy on action like you may believe (by QCTeamkill)
Falcon Rising is the kind of movie that is easy to sell with an action packed trailer.However, it has less action then what you may believe there is. That's not to say it's not an action movie, but the action scenes are quite few and far between.The movie starts with our hero drinking and playing Russian roulette. If he really wants to kill himself, he should have loaded his gun with all the bullets, but that's besides the point.The point is that he has a sister who cares about him. After a talking scene at the restaurant, they part ways.Suddenly, the movie is set up in Brazil-Rio <more>
de Janeiro, where most of the plot happens. His sister is a cop and she gets brutally attacked. Our hero discovers it and he goes to Brazil to investigate.During the first half of the movie, there were only 2 fight scenes one in the first five minutes and the other about halfway . The second half gets better and it focus more on the action, which is what we came to see.When the action happens, it's cool. No cuts, no shaking cam, no implied deaths. It's everything clear and well filmed.The last fight is a little different because it's our hero against 3 guys at the same time.It sets up a sequel, if they want to make one. The action scenes and Michael Jay White are a must see.
Michael Jai White, a classy action hero (by Axel the Movie Slayer)
This is one for action fans, and Michael Jai White fans. If you're either of those you'll want to give this a watch. The fight scenes featured in the movie are top-notch, performed wonderfully by MJW. His movements and fluidity for a man his size is always great to watch. It's a thrill to watch him dispatch several attackers at once with brutal efficiency. Fans of fancy flying kicks will love this stuff. His character is strong and entertaining to watch. Lateef Crowder shows off some of his exotic Capoiera skills too. The location is different from the norm in this type of movie, <more>
it's set in the favelas of Brazil and looks like it was actually filmed there. The interesting, bright and colorful location makes the film a bit more unique and compelling, with a plot integrated into the seedy underbelly of the area. Speaking of the plot, it's nothing particularly new or fascinating, but it gets the job done, and the film is never boring. There is just enough mystery to keep you interested, and there's more plot than a film like Ninja and its sequel. If you enjoyed other films like Blood and Bone, Undisputed 2 & 3, or some of JCVD's recent efforts, you'll want to see this. Make sure to pay the few bucks to watch it legitimately to support this sort of film getting made.
Straightforward, Entertaining, B-Movie Action Film that Soars on the Charisma of its Leading Man (by DareDevilKid)
Reviewed by: Dare Devil Kid DDK Rating: 3.9/5 starsThat old saying about first impressions being the most lasting? Well, it certainly holds true with . In all aspects, "Falcon Rising" is the very definition of a B picture - low budget, predictable plot, second tier actors, with the exception of a popular leading star, yet a generic star at the very best. It's a straightforward vengeance tale with no other ambition than to entertain, and entertain it does in copious amounts along with indulging us with a tough-as-nails leading action hero to root for till the very end.That said, <more>
it has something. And that something is evident in its opening minutes, when the Director astutely pans on the close-up of a hand dropping bullets into shot glasses, and then pouring whiskey over them. Then the camera shows the man with the hand drinking that high-caliber cocktail, after which he spits the bullets out, loads a couple into a revolver, and plays some Russian roulette. The audience is also given glimpses of our hero, John Falcon Chapman's PTSD- induced flashbacks that he suffers from the carnage witnessed in military combat. Shortly afterward, finding himself in the middle of a convenience store robbery, he invites a robber to shoot him. Demands it, in fact. "You either shoot me, or stop wastin' my time," he says, and then proceeds to beat the guy silly. Clearly a tormented soul here. That friends, is an opening, especially when this particular tormented soul is played with the charisma and conviction that star Michael Jai White brings to the role. In fact, it's reminiscent of the wild-eyed conviction Mel Gibson brought to a similar opening situation in the first "Lethal Weapon" movie. Crazed charisma, grabs the attention every time.Thus grabbed, one is willing to follow White's character, a muscled wedge of a man with a bad case of post-traumatic stress disorder from his service in Iraq, to the slums of Sao Paulo, Brazil, where his social worker sister Laila Ali, Muhammad Ali's daughter has been beaten and left for dead by unsavory characters. Falcon flies to Rio, calling in help from an old war buddy Neal McDonough who works there in the U.S. consulate. Director, Barbarash thrusts us into the chaotic and colorful atmosphere of the sprawling favela slums in Sau Palo, where Falcon begins his own investigation into his sister's attack, asking uncomfortable questions in the favela, and uncovering a corrupt in the city's seedy underbelly that includes a world of drugs, the sex trade, corrupt cops, and organized crime syndicates battling for control. "Falcon Rising" is a welcome throwback to 1980s action films, with strong men at the center going up alone against an unambiguously evil foe - a Japanese Yakuza outfit in this case. In colorful Brazilian surroundings, White's character, a deadly martial artist, brings acres of pain to legions of unsavory characters.Nothing new here, but well-directed by Ernie Barbarash, and White's electrifying performance coupled with some crackling one-liners makes it all seem somehow fresh. "Falcon Rising" is an entertaining film with a thrilling physical performance from its star, Michael Jai White.