After his family is killed by a Serbian gangster with international interests, NYC detective Nick goes to S.E. Asia and teams up with a Thai detective to get revenge and destroy the syndicates human trafficking network.
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
It's mentioned in the film that Brazil has the largest Japanese population outside Japan. This is correct; there are an estimated 1.6million people of Japanese descent in Brazil, making up around 1% of the total population See more »
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 »
Are you taking your medicine?
[John shows her the meds, she snatches the bottle and eats one]
Mints, really John?
John 'Falcon' Chapman:
Look, my prescription ran out and I don't like taking those things anyway, It makes my head all swimmy. Besides, you're always complaining about the shit that comes out of my mouth, At least now it's minty fresh.
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I like Michael Jae White. I really do. It's just a shame that he doesn't necessarily have the best movies. Blood And Bone and Black Dynamite are probably two of his best movies. So is Falcon Rising up there? No, not exactly. For the most part, it's a pretty decent movie to watch, especially if you're a MJW fan. Think too hard and you'll start noticing flaws and soon you'll picking apart the film. The film is cheesy, but thankfully it knows that is. The humor can be off at times and the dramatic tones can come off as soap opera like. The dialogue can be a little so-so at times and the action sequences are, for most part, watchable. Even if the sound effects are a bit odd. The acting is okay at times and the pacing can be a bit of a drag, the characters can be clichéd and cartoony at times but for the most part you know their role in the film. All in all, it's not Jae's best movie, but it's something we can gnaw on as we wait for the highly anticipated Skin Trade coming next year.
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