Day of the Falcon (2013)

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Starring Antonio Banderas (Desperado), Mark Strong (Zero Dark Thirty), Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire) and Tahar Rahim (The Eagle), Day of the Falcon is a soaring epic of honor, greed, betrayal and love from award-winning director Jean-Jacques Annaud (Enemy at the Gates). After years of bloody conflict, the leaders of two rival kingdoms reluctantly agree to end the fighting. But when oil is discovered between their territories, the war is re-ignited. Now it is up to their children - young … More

Rating: R (for violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Jean-Jacques Annaud, Menno Meyjes
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 25, 2013
Runtime:
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Cast


as Prince Auda

as Emir Nesib

as Sultan Amar

as Princess Leyla

as Thurkettle

as Prince Saleeh

as Sheikh of the Beni S...

as Ibn Idriss

as Nesib Colonel

as Magroof

as Sergeant Talib

as Khoz Ahmed

as Hassan Dakhil

as Doctor of Law

as His Majesty's Theolo...

as Theologian with Thic...

as Fadlallah

as Young Doctor

as Sheikh Al Talebyn

as Sheikh Bani Sadr

as Sheikh Bani Khalid
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Critic Reviews for Day of the Falcon

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (3)

A far, far cry from "Lawrence of Arabia," but it has its diversions.

Full Review… | March 4, 2013
New York Times
Top Critic

A movie that's fascinating in many respects, but doesn't really work as the lavish entertainment intended.

Full Review… | February 21, 2012
Time Out
Top Critic

This ambitious desert epic may be a bit slow and confusing at the beginning, but I found the exciting second half of the movie worth waiting for.

Full Review… | March 1, 2013
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

There's an enormous amount of perverse pleasure to be had here for those who get off on the annihilation of nuance.

Full Review… | February 28, 2013
Slant Magazine

Pedestrian storytelling and clunky dialogue leaves this would-be epic drama about a power struggle between feuding kingdoms in soon-to-be-oil-rich 1920s Arabia bogged down in the sand

Full Review… | March 5, 2012
Movie Talk

While a plot contrivance late in the day ensures that an opportunity for a climactic battle sequence is not wasted, the film is not really an action epic, but a sweeping story about belief sets in the Arab world.

Full Review… | March 1, 2012
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Audience Reviews for Day of the Falcon

Not great, not horrible. I can't say it is a must see, but it will entertain. Those that gave the rave reviews must really love "the boy that becomes a hero" theme, despite a lack of deep character development that one would want from a movie like this. Mark Strong was good, as usual, though...

itsjustme2004
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

½

In "Day of the Falcon," Thurkette(Corey Johnson), an oil company scout, finds oil in the otherwise barren Arabian Desert. That comes as news to Emir Nesib(Antonio Banderas) who at first does not see what the big deal is. But once he does see the possibilities for modernization, he comes around. The only problem is the oil is in a no-man's land that Nesib agreed with Sultan Amar(Mark Strong) not to go near some years before.

As historical fiction, "Day of the Falcon" fares pretty well in displaying an example of nation building with the help of a neat montage while also demonstrating how true it is that any new technology is applied first towards military and sex. But as drama, not so much. Not only is the movie heavily contrived but it seeks to use paper thin characters to desperately search for a middle way between rampant materialism and fanatic beliefs. It's sad because there might be a fourth way in taking a more environmental stance. When Nesib says all he needs is the air and the sun, he does have a point.

Harlequin68
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

½

There's a title card near the beginning that states the story takes place in the early 20th century. Since it is no more specific than that, it is difficult to tell if it takes place in the 1920s or 1930s. I'm also not sure if any of it is based on historical events or if it is completely fictionalized. A bit more context could have helped. The various Arabic tribes are still not united, but how much time has passed since Lawrence and WWI?

Annaud oversees a production with an international cast and crew. In the tradition of Lawrence of Arabia, Banderas, who is originally of Spanish decent, and Strong, who is English, play two Arabic sultans. Strong's Amar is religious and holds on to the traditional ways. Banderas's Nesib is willing to modernize with technology and is interested in becoming wealthy from recently discovered oil in a contested part of the desert. Let's back up. Amar's two sons are given to Nesib about a decade earlier as a kind of peace offering. The older son trying to escape once he has reached maturity and being killed in the process sets a renewed conflict in motion. Tahar Rahim as Prince Auda, the younger son, is really the main character. The movie is filled with characters and events, which are quite cliched, such as Auda wearing glasses to show he is a nerdy librarian and not a warrior, as well as Auda's star-crossed love of Princess Leyla (Pinto). Whenever Auda has a scene with his half-brother Ali though, their interactions are fascinating. Ali, a bastard son of Amar whose modern medical practices are at odds with orthodox Islam is excellently played by Riz Ahmed. Rahim plays the rare sympathetic and introspective character at the center of this war movie fairly well. It is a coming of age story with a few thrilling desert battles as Auda finds he has the skills to lead. Annaud continues to make these international co-productions with English dialog to hopefully benefit from English speaking film markets, however there are several lines, especially at the conclusion, which sound awkward. Between one Dutch and two French writers perhaps something is lost in translation.

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Byron Brubaker

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