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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... John 'Falcon' Chapman
... Manny
... Thiago
... Katarina
... Carlo
... Hirimoto
... Tomoe / Nurse
... Cindy
... Gang Member 2
Arianna Benitez ... Child Prostitute
... Nurse
Jonathan Cardenales Rolon ... Cage Officer
... Kuka
José Caro ... Dr. Christo
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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Release Date:

27 November 2014 (Kuwait)  »

Also Known As:

Favela  »

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Box Office


$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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Did You Know?


Michael Jai White and Lateef Crowder also appeared in the short film Mortal Kombat: Rebirth (2010) although they did not share any scenes See more »


Although the first scenes are set in New York City, the skyline shown after the failed robbery attempt is that of Los Angeles, California. 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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References Showdown in Little Tokyo (1991) See more »


Chapman's Jazzy Bar
Performed and written by Shahar Stroh (as Shahar)
Courtesy of Hila Music
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Good martial arts action
11 September 2016 | by See all my reviews

After watching two Steven Seagal movies this weekend, I have a basis for comparison to say that this is fine action entertainment. Surely, the plot/story could have been better, but it's far from boring, and one does get to care for the characters. Most of the actors playing Brazilian didn't quite speak proper Brazilian Portuguese, but unless you speak Portuguese you won't notice it, and I didn't care that much, although it does take away some of the authenticity. There's some predictability, so if you're expecting something very original, you'd be disappointed.

This movie delivers different scenes and locations, a story that makes you wonder a bit what's going to happen next, great martial arts fighting from Michael Jai White and even some cool Capoeira moves from Lateef Crowder. The gun fights are also pretty good. If you love action, this movie is fun and leaves you wanting more. Wish there was a sequel...

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