Midnight Eagle (2007)



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Movie Info

When a nuclear-equipped, stealth-type American strategic bomber code-named Midnight Eagle bursts into flames during a routine training flight over the Northern Alps, an ex-war photographer-turned-nature-loving shutterbug attempts to prevent the missing weapons from falling into enemy hands. Based on author Tetsuo Takashima's popular novel of the same name, director Izuru Narushima's urgently paced action film stars Takao ďsawa, Yűko Takeuchi, Hiroshi Tamaki, and Eisaku Yoshida.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Yasuo Hasegawa, Kenzabur˘ Iida
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 23, 2008
Strand Releasing - Official Site



as Yuji Nishizaki

as Keiko Arisawa

as Shinichiro Ochiai
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Critic Reviews for Midnight Eagle

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (6)

A stupor-inducing, would-be thriller from Japan whose sporadic action and inept storytelling is as generic as its title.

Full Review… | December 7, 2007
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Often gripping and ultimately poignant

Full Review… | November 24, 2007
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

There are many new Japanese movies that deserve a stateside release. Why this hapless mess beat them out is a question that deserves an answer. (I won't hold my breath waiting.)

Full Review… | November 24, 2007
New York Post
Top Critic

A personal and political melodrama with perfunctory gunplay and explosions.

November 23, 2007
New York Times
Top Critic

It's frustrating that Midnight Eagle is more concerned with puffed-up nationalist pride than logic. How did five characters' paths all converge at the exact same minute anyway?

Full Review… | November 20, 2007
Village Voice
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The film's brisk pacing can't hide the fuzzy logic of the tenuously structured, convoluted script.

Full Review… | October 29, 2007
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Midnight Eagle

This combination of an action adventure and thriller, known as Midnight Eagle, is a worthwhile watch, despite the fact it does have its share of flaws.The story is straightforward, despite some minor plot holes, as it revolves around a stealth bomber crashing in the snowy northern alps. The big deal is that it has a nuke loaded on board.The pacing of this picture is slow and it is a bit long, as the run time is about 10 minutes over 2 hours. The first 2/3rds takes a Breaking News approach by involving media as part of the story. The emphasis on it isn't that strong though, which makes it nothing special. The last 30 minutes or so has most of the action and it is also highly climatic.As I previously mentioned, the pacing is slow, as this is definitely more about the characters than the action. I'm not saying that this a bad thing, but a story like this needs to have more suspense and maybe even more action.Takao Osawa is the main character, but he doesn't take control of this movie until the latter parts. Yuko Takeuchi plays an attractive journalist and she is the one that carries this movie in the earlier stages. A-Saku Yoshida and the rest of the supporting cast are pretty good as well.The slow pacing and lack of urgency in the story is a bit of a letdown, but Midnight Eagle is still a movie to consider watching.

JY Skacto

Super Reviewer

A solid drama with elements of suspense and tension thrown in. Despite its serious plot flaws (a downed US stealth bomber with a nuclear warhead would certainly be destroyed by US forces within short order), the movie works more as a poignant drama. It is a bit preachy at times and drags in places (the film runs over 2 hours and would be better suited to the 90 minute range). Acting is decent, with the child IMO performing best. It is worth a watch!

alan jay

Super Reviewer

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