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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

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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

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, 7 September 2014

Gross USA:

$11,774

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$267,476
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Strohberry Films See more »
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Soundelux (uncredited)

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Trivia

The real location used in the movie for the favela is not Rio de Janeiro, it's "La Perla" neighborhood from Puerto Rico! See more »

Goofs

When Thiago is throwing the barrels at Falcon in the port fight, they make the sound of metal barrels, rather than plastic as the are shown. 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

Brazilian Rhythm
Performed and written by Pedro R. Bastidas (SACVEN)
Courtesy of Music Supervisor Inc.
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Michael Jai White makes the movie...
12 October 2014 | by destroyerwodSee all my reviews

Well, this enter the "you seen that before" category from the get go. There is nothing original about the plot. Ex Marine Falcon is out of the battlefield with post war trauma, the only thing he care for in this world is his sister. She get attacked and left for dead in Brazil and he goes after the people doing it.

The rest is your typical plot of any movies of that sub genra... BUT the main focus here is that this movie star Michael Jai White, the guy can be pretty impressive on screen. Not only does he has an intimidating presence and know how to act, but he fight really good too.

This is what makes the movie. Its true there is not as many fights as one would like, but when they happen, they are pretty good, and its really what i consider a very cool B action movie. If you like what veterans like Lundgren, Van Damme, Seagal or such do these days, you will love this one as its a bit above in my book. The thing is, MJW can fight, and its obvious the only reason why this movie does not shine more is the lack of fighting sequence for a plot development, which can't be seen badly either.

I had fun watching this, and i heard they plan it to be a series of movies, so i am interest to see what Falcon has in store next.


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