It has been quite some time since the last Ass Whoopin Wednesday post that I did and like I promised it would return. Now the question was what film was I going to choose for the return and Falcon Rising caught my eye on Netflix. Michael Jai White (Tyson) stars as John ‘Falcon’ Chapman, a former Marine who is having a hard time adjusting to life after the military. One day after a visit from his sister Cindy (Laila Ali), he finds out that she was brutally beaten almost to death in Brazil. So, John travels down to Brazil to get to the bottom of it, but he’ll have to deal with the corruption that runs wild in the Favelas of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The film also stars Neal McDonough (Captain America: The First Avenger) as Manny Ridley, Lateef Crowder (Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice) as Carlo Bororo, Masashi Odate (Letters From Iwo Jima) as Hirimoto, Hazuki Kato (Muppets Most Wanted) as Tomoe, Millie Ruperto (Presumed Dead In Paradise) as Katarina Da’ Silva, Jimmy Navarro (Heroes From Another Land) as Thiago Santo, Daniel Cardona (The Preppie Connection) as Kuka, and the film was directed by Ernie Barbarash (Cube Zero). Before we get into the review of the film, lets check out some stats:
Alright, lets look at the stats here as Michael Jai White racked up 34 kills/knockouts with an epic fight at the end of the film. The only thing we really know about his past is that he has flashbacks to the time he was in the military and that he has PTSD. That is pretty much all we know which is why I wrote somewhat. He has no love interest in the film, but his sister is practically beaten to death which is good motivation to want to get them back and believe me he gets the job done. I have to be honest and say that while I did enjoy the film, I am so used to White playing the part of a villain rather than the role of a hero. It took a little getting used to because I still think he makes a better villain. The film has some pretty awesome fight scenes in it though like the one towards the end of the film, but there are just times in the film when things get awkward. There is one moment when he is beating the crap out of someone and then all of a sudden they are OK with each other. That is essentially the only thing really wrong about the film other than the liquor store robbery scene which was corny as hell. According to one source, they are apparently working on a sequel to the film and you know me, I’ll probably check it out and post it here. Nevertheless, this isn’t that bad of a film because it is an action film after all. I am going to give the film 3.6 fists out of five for a final grade.