Chapman is an ex-marine in Brazil's slums, battling the yakuza outfit who attacked his sister and left her for dead.


Ernie Barbarash


Y.T. Parazi





Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Jai White ... John 'Falcon' Chapman
Neal McDonough ... Manny
Jimmy Navarro ... Thiago
Millie Ruperto ... Katarina
Lateef Crowder ... Carlo
Masashi Odate ... Hirimoto
Hazuki Kato ... Tomoe / Nurse
Laila Ali ... Cindy
Sala Baker ... Gang Member 2
Arianna Benitez Arianna Benitez ... Child Prostitute
Jazmín Caratini ... Nurse
Jonathan Cardenales Rolon Jonathan Cardenales Rolon ... Cage Officer
Daniel Cardona ... Kuka
José Caro José Caro ... Dr. Christo
Ernesto Concepción Ernesto Concepción ... Bruno


FAVELA, the first installment in the CODENAME: FALCON franchise, introduces former marine John "Falcon" Chapman, a dark anti-hero driven by guilt and suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, who will destroy himself unless given something else to destroy - a useful weapon-of-last-resort for the U.S. State Department. When Chapman's sister is brutally attacked while on assignment in Brazil, Chapman flies into Sao Paulo to track down her assailants, quickly entering the city's seedy underbelly and discovering a world of drugs, the sex trade, corrupt cops, and organized crime syndicates battling for control. Written by Anonymous

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence throughout, and some sexual references/content | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


It's mentioned in the film that Brazil has the largest Japanese population outside Japan. This is correct; there are an estimated 1.6 million people of Japanese descent in Brazil, making up around 1% of the population. See more »


At around 29:32 John takes a police officer's sidearm right off her. When he gives it back at 30:07 he is lasering (also known as crossing, muzzling or sweeping) the detective (Thiago) standing next to him with it. This is a violation of one of the most basic rules of firearm safety: The muzzle of a firearm should never point in a direction in which, if discharged, it would do injury where injury is not meant to be done. Trained military personnel would never ever wave a firearm around like that, especially with a round chambered and the weapon being ready to fire. See more »


[Manny and John discussing Falcon's government agent job]
John 'Falcon' Chapman: So you're saying if I take the job, you'll make sure Cindy's taken care of.
[Manny nods approvingly]
John 'Falcon' Chapman: And what if I don't?
Manny Ridley: There's always so much I can do.
John 'Falcon' Chapman: When do I start?
Manny Ridley: You already did.
[Hands John an envelope with the word FALCON]
Manny Ridley: Your old call sign.
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Alternate Versions

There is a second version of the film which uses different angles in violent scenes (various headshots) and shortens the death of Carlo. That version was created by the the studio itself (probably for TV broadcasting). Unaware of two different versions, the German version distributor Black Hill released the cut version. After details of the uncut version were released on, the uncut version was released as well. It was released e.g. in Germany (the uncut version was released later as well). See more »


References Spawn (1997) See more »


Brazilian Rhythm
Performed and written by Pedro R. Bastidas (SACVEN)
Courtesy of Music Supervisor Inc.
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nice flick for MJW fans :)
9 September 2014 | by aliabbas_04See all my reviews

Well...what can i say. It was fun to watch Michael Jai White in Action since i saw his movie "Blood and Bone". Script was nice and White's acting & especially action scenes were amazing. Like Steven Seagal's movies, Michael Jai White's movies also don't get that much of a rating that they normally deserve but overall it was entertaining. Action/Fight scenes are worth watching and movie was a low budget but still it kept me on my seat till the end because of the main actor in leading role. i don't know what to say here in the review because you all know the plot, so just watch it by yourself & then decide. But yeah...i can guarantee one thing that you won't get bored out of this movie because whenever you feel like it's gonna get a little boring; that's where an action/fight scene pops in. :D

so, have fun watching this movie. i give it 6 out of 10, and 1 bonus point for Michael Jai White. :P

Cheers :)

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Release Date:

27 November 2014 (Kuwait) See more »

Also Known As:

Falcon Rising See more »

Filming Locations:

La Perla, San Juan, Puerto Rico See more »


Box Office


$4,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,691, 7 September 2014

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Strohberry Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Soundelux (uncredited)


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