Rising Sun
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When Michael Crichton wrote his best-selling thriller Rising Sun, he wrote the character of hero John Connor with Sean Connery in mind. For Philip Kaufman's film version of the novel, Sean Connery, needless to say, fits seamlessly into the role of a legendary police detective who is an expert in Japanese culture. The story takes place in the towering office building of the Japanese Nakamoto Corporation in Los Angeles, who are negotiating a deal with Microcon, an American electronics firm. During a gala held one night in the Nakamoto offices, the body of a woman, Cheryl Lynn Austin (Tatjana… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 35%

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"It would be nice to see Connery doing something intrinsically interesting instead of trying to make something inherently dull entertaining. And it would be good to see Snipes cut loose more than he is able to here."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"I found it pretty entertaining, as well as provocative in some of its comments about contemporary life."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"It never rises past a second-rate thriller."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"aufman's heavy-handedness and a half-baked script with unfocused performances to match render this unentertaining, vacuous nonsense."
‑ , Film4
"An intriguing, sensual whodunit that would have been even better had it not succumb to political correctness and changed the identity of the killer from Crichton's novel."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, FulvueDrive-in.com
"As the plot grows more intricate, strangely the tension dissipates, until finally the movie just seems to run out of breath."
‑ David Ansen, Newsweek
"Kaufman's PC adaptation falls awkwardly between the conventions of the Hollywood conspiracy thriller and something intended as more artily significant."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Kaufman's film is flawed. but not as bad as critics claim-- charges of racism made this adaptation controversial even before it was seen."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The film grafts a fiercely modernist feel onto characters and themes right out of a 1940s film noir--an impressive achievement that more than makes up for a ponderous storyline."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The film disappoints, but Snipes and Connery don't."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"When working in genre territory before, the idiosyncratic Kaufman has shown a marked tendency to debunk or subvert conventions. Playing it straight here, he brings little to the table."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"It directs attention not to the internal reasons for America's economic problems, but to inscrutable, generalized, unknown others from abroad, whose yellow skins and strange manners announce their evil purposes as much as their unfair trade practices."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"What should have been a tense political thrilling blockbuster, ends up a wasted effort with a limp storyline that once again fails to give the book justice."
‑ Angie Errigo, Empire Magazine
"Snipes at his coolest still can't save this xenophobic piece of studio flotsam."
‑ Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium
"A 1980s style film adaptation of a Michael Crichton novel."
‑ Jonathan W. Hickman, Entertainment Insiders
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