Rising Sun (1993)


“They say if you resort to violence, then you’ve already lost.” – John Connor

Number of Times Seen – 1 (11 Jul 2017)

Brief Synopsis – Two LA detectives must investigate the mysterious murder of an escort in the boardroom of a Japanese company.

My Take on it – Michael Crichton was such a great writer and this is one of the cases where his written words are so poorly adapted for the screen.

The book is so much better than the end product that was made here and I never can understand why sometimes they choose to change a book so much when adapting it.

Sean Connery and Wesley Snipes are completely mismatched here as partners and many of their interactions seem to be completely pointless instead of finding interesting ways to further the story.

They have a few chase scenes that are a bit interesting to watch, but the truth is that the way the whole story is presented is quite agonizing to watch and I would have much preferred it if they had adapted the story much closer to what the original author envisioned instead of trying to Hollywoodize it all, thus destroying a potentially good idea.

Bottom Line – The book by Crichton was much better because it gives us so much more background.  Connery and Snipes have no chemistry together and many of their interactions are completely pointless.  The chases can be fun to watch, but the way the story unfolds is just agonizing to watch because it comes across as being so silly.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The character of Cheryl Lynn Austin is described in the book as a “Tatjana type” model. In the movie, she is played by Tatjana Patitz. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy

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