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Rising Sun Reviews

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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.
July 10, 2012
Snipes and Connery do unexpectedly well together.
July 1, 2012
Mediocre whodunit that is elevated to watchability by Connery, Snipes, and Keitel.
½ June 24, 2012
a underrated modern noir with some snappy writing that gets alot of crap for being xenophobic by people looking for more shootouts and moral hand holding. Possibly Connery's best character performance.
June 15, 2012
The premise was good, but the film fizzled despite the promising casting of Connery and Snipes. Not a lot of action in this supposed action pic, and cross-cultural aspect was handled badly.
June 9, 2012
Le duo Snipes/Connery marche bien. Un thriller que j'apprecie beaucoup de part son ambiance tres japonaise plutot bien retransmise. Un polar toujours aussi bon a regarder.
June 1, 2012
A film that tries for the dramatic thriller, but falls short with its tedious, Japanese culture oriented, gap filled plot. It was funny to have Connery as the fighting master and Snipes as the cop. But the Snipes dominated the fighting scene. This is probably a great example of the book being much better than the movie. Oh and Buscemi made a small random appearance.
½ May 12, 2012
Not a bad movie,but it is very rare that a movie outshines the book it was based on.Wesley Snipes(one of the biggest stars of the 1990s) and Sean Connery (one of the biggest stars of the 20th Century) do a pretty bang-up job,but it still actually lacking in a lot of areas,which the movie suffers for.
Super Reviewer
May 7, 2012
the clash of cultures was fun to watch. the book was much more interesting but it was fun to watch these characters walking around. it works in certain cases but overall its a bit of a miss
May 1, 2012
I like the intricacies of explaining the Japanese culture.
April 9, 2012
I love this movie. Sean Connery and Wesley Snipes are an awesome duo...
½ March 31, 2012
A decent mystery film, but not perfect by any means.
½ March 24, 2012
A real good crime flick that keeps you entertained mostly. I will agree with one critic, who states "Just runs out of breath....literally." The film does drag itself to the finish line but What really makes this film work is the chemistry of Connery and Snipes, The film itself is very predictable with each "twist" predicated a mile away. I think a tighter edit and a better reworking of the script could of really helped this film tremendously. Still great performances from Sean Connery, Wesley Snipes and Harvey Keitel makes this a nice watch from the early 90's - Recommended
March 2, 2012
A fairly average thriller, saved massively by Sean Connery. Considering it's 19 years old it's aged very well.
½ February 25, 2012
loved this one back in the day
½ February 23, 2012
the edinburgh milkman and notorious american tax dodger in workmanlike adaptation of a Michael Crichton thriller.
February 12, 2012
An adequate film but nowhere near as good as Michael Crichton's novel which it was adapted from. While Philip Kaufman is a good director, I feel he did not match the intensity of the novel and did not depict well the tension between US authorities in Los Angeles and the Japanese businessmen who took hostile takeovers in the US to another level. Kaufman tried like hell to portray it but he did not do so well. Sean Connery was very good as the Japanese expert John Connor but Wesley Snipes was miscast as Web Smith. Harvey Keitel was excellent and he helped to save this film from being a total disaster but this film adaptation could have been so much better.
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