Midnight Eagle Reviews

October 7, 2008
An unexpectedly personal thriller that thrives on complexity.
December 21, 2007
Poorly structured, filled with coincidences and plot holes, and laced with scenes of more-than-usually cloying sentimentality, this is oh!-so-far from the best representative of current Japanese cinema or of Asian cinema in general.
December 7, 2007
A stupor-inducing, would-be thriller from Japan whose sporadic action and inept storytelling is as generic as its title.
November 30, 2007
Like a series of subplot ships slowly meandering downstream to a final narrative focal point, Midnight Eagle has to be one of the most languid political thrillers ever conceived.
November 28, 2007
This is pure big-budget formula filmmaking, from the morally compromised hero who regains his self-respect to the spunky reporters, grim military strategists, winsome child, glib political posturing and tense countdown to apparently inevitable disaster.
November 24, 2007
Often gripping and ultimately poignant
November 24, 2007
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.)
November 23, 2007
A personal and political melodrama with perfunctory gunplay and explosions.
November 22, 2007
As they say in Japan: sugoi! Cool!
November 20, 2007
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?
November 20, 2007
Less an adventure than a confused message drama about Japanese military preparedness, it will have trouble building even a niche audience.
November 18, 2007
After early hints of potential Schwarzenegger-ish goofiness, Midnight Eagle settles into near-complete torpor.
October 29, 2007
The film's brisk pacing can't hide the fuzzy logic of the tenuously structured, convoluted script.