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Rising Sun Reviews

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August 18, 2013
I'm really surprised that Philip Kaufman was able to make such a boring film.
June 18, 2013
gr8 crime story and good chem between the 2 leads
½ June 16, 2013
God, they screwed this up good. Crichton's novel was brilliant, but the film version is a disgrace. Connery is perfectly cast, but the distracting inclusion of Wesley Snipes and his hip-hop gangsta baggage makes this a totally confusing, embarrassing mess. Skip it.
June 6, 2013
The only great thing in this movie, is the whole style of Connery. He's the one that makes the movie watchable...
May 24, 2013
Dim, dumb, this Sun is no fun
½ May 23, 2013
While many people may hate this movie, For me, It actually did quite well. The story is about Cheryl Lynn Austin who after having rough sex is found murdered from being strangled at the US offices of a Japanese corporation. police Captain Webster Smith and John Connor who is an expert in Japanese culture are sent to investigate the murder (please no Terminator references nor jokes allowed). They investigate the murder along with police Lieutenant Tom Graham played by Harvey Keitel and video expert Jingo played by Tia Carrere and with everyone wanting this case to be closed, they find out that the footage they found of the murderer was altered and the real murderer is still hiding somewhere. Overall, this was a general action movie but was a great mystery movie and you need to be in great focus to like this film. Sean Connery and Wesley Snipes make a great duo. I want Sean to come back in another future movie and if Wesley does appear in The Expendables 3, that would be awesome after he is now released from prison from his tax conviction. Rising Sun gets a 7/10.
March 7, 2013
A call girl has been murdered at a Japanese office building in Los Angeles, and the current liaison officer to the Japanese, "Web Smith" (Wesley Smipes) has been called in to help investigate. However, on his way to the murder scene, he gets a call to pick up a former cop (Sean Connery) who knows much about Japanese culture and its people.

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.
February 1, 2013
If you can, for 2 whole hours, look past and/or stomach non-American Sean Connery's role as an American who literally bad-mouths every single thing that has to do with his home country here, the USA, and in turn praises every single thing that has to do with Japan and it's 'far superiority' to the USA, to the point where he cowardly and jellyfish-spinedly kisses the ass of every single Japanese character and condescends to every single (inferior, stupid, worthless, clearly corrupt if they're American) American character in this film right before your very eyes, then this is an ok little thriller, but his patriotically heroic tough-guy James Bond days are long gone! Why not simply title this racist piece, "Kill Whitey"? Catchy, true to sentiment and doesn't mince words.
January 1, 2013
Connery and Snipes are great together in this murder thriller!
½ December 30, 2012
Directed by Phillip Kaufman, (The Right Stuff (1983), The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988) and Henry & June (1990)), and based upon Michael Crichton's 1992 best-seller, which was optioned for the screen even before it was published. This is an enjoyable thriller with some good thrills, and a good cast. It does drag a bit towards the end, and even the ending is a bit of a downer, but it's good up to then. In Los Angeles, in a building of a major Japanese conglomerate, escort Cheryl Lynn Austin (Tatjana Patitz) is found brutally murdered in a sexual attack. Police Detective Web Smith (Wesley Snipes) and former police captain John Connor (Sean Connery) are sent to investigate. Connor is an expert on Japanese affairs, and his expertise comes to good use in this case. But it's a complex one as it looks like Eddie Sakamura (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa), son of the chairman is identified by the security cameras as the killer, but he isn't. As Connor and Smith dig deeper, they find that Eddie has been used to cover the identity of the real killer, who was erased from the video. It's a good thriller, and Connery gives a good performance too, and he plays off well against Snipes, who holds his own. It does lose it's way towards the end, but it's a good, atmospheric thriller with appearances from Harvey Keitel and Steve Buscemi.
½ December 28, 2012
Hay que estar atento por que si no te pierdes y no entiendes y se volverį aburrida
December 7, 2012
This was £3 at work!
December 3, 2012
One star for Sean, one for Wesley.. and one for the movie.
½ December 3, 2012
THE worst film i have ever seen.
½ November 25, 2012
'Rising Sun' provides for an entertaining 2 hours despite it's visual ugliness and a bad script.
½ October 21, 2012
Some of Snipes' best work and Connery isn't half bad either.
September 10, 2012
A fucking awesome movie.
½ July 29, 2012
Not a bad thriller, although the anti-Japanese sentiment is a bit alarmist.
July 28, 2012
Not the best action film on the market and offers little in the way of unique events and plot, but overall a pretty good movie. Strays in a big way from the source material, but that is to be expected. In this case, however, that straying resulted in the plot taking weird turns and in parts making very little sense. It does wrap up nicely so the plot holes are acceptable, but it would have been better off to just stay on track with the source material and play out that same story in a bigger and bolder way.
½ July 27, 2012
"Rising Sun" contains a story that could have gone either way. If it was done correctly, at best we could have had a mildly pleasing mystery. If done the wrong way, which it was, the audience would end up with a mostly silly film that reflects/conveys nothing important, and leaves you completely speechless, and not in the good way. There are elements in this film that if worked on, could have made this movie solid. But with some very bland performances, and sup-comical dialogue, this movie pretty much falls flat on its face.

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.
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