Rising Sun Reviews
Together, they are involved in a major culture clash where the Japanese business men want to wipe the case under the carpet. However, they look for the murderer as the law states. But they find more than just a killer.
There are a lot of unexpected twists in this movie. And that is the reason to watch it, despite that the movie lags at times. Some twists may have you think you predicted it minutes before it happens on-screen, but the film will go in another direction.
There are some strong performances in this film from many in the cast, but many characters are not well developed. If you read the book this movie is based, you may get a better feel for the poorly developed characters.
The stars of the movie, Snipes and Connery, work well together. They really do a good job at bringing their characters' relationship to life.
One thing this movie does well is making you guess who the killer is. And, let me warn you, there are a few plot twists which just might throw you off track. There are also other clues to throw you off in subplots related to the main mystery plot.
Believe it or not, there really isn't a lot of gun and hand-to-hand battles. The martial arts is part of the movie, but it's not a major part of the storyline. The fights are pretty weak in fact, and are poorly choreographed.
The special effects are fairly typical, and only a few stand out. They do help with revealing clues to the mystery though, and some make it even more of a mystery.
If you ask me, the movie doesn't put the novel it's based upon on my "Must Read" list, but I might check it out to see how different it is to the movie. I do suggest that you may want to check this movie out.
Two detectives are assigned to uncover a murder in the Japanese crime world. One, is a slick, young no-it-all who is trying to learn the ropes, and the other is an expert on Japanese culture. The expert has to teach the hothead how to behave in his new environment, while they both simultaneously try to stop their investigation from being intervened by people trying to kill them. It's a potentially engaging story, but the film is plagued with too much ridiculousness for you to appreciate it.
Wesley Snipes and Sean Connery give basic performances. The acting ends up being more bad than good, mainly because of the corny one-liners that are delivered throughout the movie's duration. If they had a better script to work with, than maybe this movie would have been a little bit better. It seems as if both actors struggle with their deliveries throughout the movie, mainly because of the poor lines that they were given.
The fight scenes are entertaining but too few and far between for you to enjoy yourself. When they occur, they stay on the screen for a brief period of time, and then return to the same boring repetitive dialogue that you were dreading fifteen minutes earlier.
When all is said and done, "Rising Sun" doesn't meet any of the requirements it sets out to accomplish. It wasn't a compete mess, but it certainly doesn't have many positive aspects to it whatsoever. With a premise that certainly had potential, this movie ends up being one to skip over.