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Falcon Rising (2014)

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

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Ernie Barbarash

Writer:

Y.T. Parazi

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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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Action | Adventure

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 November 2014 (Kuwait) See more »

Also Known As:

Favela See more »

Filming Locations:

La Perla, San Juan, Puerto Rico See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,691, 5 September 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$8,691, 5 September 2014
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Production Co:

Strohberry Films See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Soundelux (uncredited)

Color:

Color
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

During a lull in the gun battle in the favela, we see that Carlo's pistol has a "stovepipe" (fired brass has failed to eject and is stuck in the ejection port), rendering the pistol inoperable. He makes no move to clear the obvious malfunction. See more »

Quotes

[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 schnittberichte.com, the uncut version was released as well. It was released e.g. in Germany (the uncut version was released later as well). See more »

Connections

References Spawn (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Dinner With The Chapmans
Performed and written by Shahar Stroh and Neal Acree
Courtesy of Hila Music
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Solid action movie with the best, MJW
20 November 2014 | by designstudio609See all my reviews

7.5/10

I agree with A_Different_Drummer's review for this movie and his Blood and Bone review. MJW is one of the best action stars out there and is still under-utilized. While this movie started off slowly, the second half was very entertaining and worth it. Predictable story but who cares, it's all about the style for this movie.

MJW needs more roles, I will watch anything with him in it. If you haven't seen Blood and Bone or Black Dynamite yet, go ahead and do yourself the favor.

Though this one isn't his strongest movie it beats the usual 6's and 7's on IMDb that are churned out by Popllywood.


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