Rain Fall Reviews
The action-thriller part of the movie (the first 2/3 of film) is executed very well. Good acting, suspenseful plot, and outstanding cinematography. There are multiple storylines of different people/groups looking for a memory stick--it has the potential to quickly get confusing, but is clear, organized well, and logical.
The last 1/3 of the film is largely the falling action. It could be left out or truncated, without much loss to the overall storyline. But it's a nice coast down to the conclusion that's quite unique to Asian films.
The casting is off too. Our Bourne-like super agent, supposedly a native New Yorker, is played by a thoroughly uncharismatic actor who speaks English with a Japanese accent. ("Rain Fall" seems to have been made for the Japanese market where this would go unnoticed.) And the big "surprise" that comes near the end is utter logical nonsense.
There's even cheesy product-placement: A Midori sign hangs in the front window of what is supposed to be the Village Vanguard, a jazz club in Greenwich Village. (Yessir, melon-flavored Japanese liqueur is the beverage of choice in every smoky downtown New York bar.)
And then there's Gary Oldman, who's clearly in it just for the coin, and who chews up the scenery and spits it out in every frame he's in. His acting shows all the subtlety and finesse of a runaway freight train in what is surely the hands-down worst performance of his career. It is so hilariously bad, that it's good, which may be the only reason to watch this turkey.
Apart from being shamefully derivative of the Bourne films, Rain Fall is just dull. It can't even approximate the intensity of the aforementioned franchise, and Gary looks really pathetic trying to occupy space better left to Chris Cooper.
There is an aspect of Japanese culture at work in this film that some may appreciate, but aside from that, I cannot recommend this one.
Uneven but the film still kept me interested. Marginal thumbs up.