Day of the Falcon (2013)

Day of the Falcon (2013)
Day of the Falcon (2013) DVD/Blu-Ray

By: Henry J. Fromage (Four Beers) –
How many beers do you recommend for this movie?
1 Beer! A Toast! Great Movie!2 Beers! Good Movie!3 Beers! Okay Movie!4 Beers! Mediocre Movie!5 Beers! Awful Movie!6-Pack! Bad movie! Do not be Sober!

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One of the principal joys of aimlessly meandering through the IMDB pages of famous actors is coming across a title wand wondering “What the hell is that?”  Now that internationally financed pictures are getting more clout, this is happening more often.  Foreign producers with money to blow are signing up A-listers for projects that get little to no American exposure.

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Basically, like really, really expensive Japanese commercials

Black Gold, at $ 55 million, is the most expensive Arab-backed film about an Arab subject ever.  A good chunk of that was spent on Antonio Banderas, Mark Strong, and Freida Pinto.  Loosely based on the rise of Saudi Arabia’s ruling House of Saud, Banderas is an Arab leader who finds that oil is the key to taking his domain from poverty to prominence.  He is opposed by a more traditional chieftain (Strong), whose two sons he holds as hostages and raises as his own.  It’s those two boys, though, that will determine the future of a nation.

A Toast

I have to admit, I have a bit of a weak spot for sweeping historical epics.  We certainly get enough of them these days for my taste, so the ambition alone for this one is worth a toast.  And the film does do some things well, from James Horner’s bombastic yet suitably epic score to a couple of dynamite battle sequences towards the end.  Some scenes, particularly a twilight ambush where the hot reds of flames contrast with the cool, dark blues of incoming night, are simply beautiful.

Nothing takes me back quite like a burning tank and/or oil well

The other admirable quality of the movie is its plot, which isn’t afraid to take risks and straight up murder main characters.  The twists don’t always make logical or medical sense, but they certainly keep you on your toes.

Beer Two

The first lesson of Moviemaking 101 is “Show, Don’t Tell.’  Director Jean-Jacques Annaud was apparently sick that day.

Beer Three

Sometimes it seems like Annaud is trying to justify an epic tale by creating an epic runtime.  A good 15-20 minutes could have been trimmed out of Black Gold’s 130 without losing much of anything.

Beer Four

This Arab-financed, French-directed film was based on a German novel of all things.  And it runs into many of the issues of poor adaptations, especially trying to include too much and the failure to recognize that good prose does not always make for natural-sounding speech.

Well, since the 1600s anyway

Verdict

Mediocre movie, 4 Beer Movie, Movie Boozer, 4 Beers, Cheers

Unfortunately, most of the bad of this film is concentrated in the beginning.  Stick it out: it gets better, especially if you’ve been thirsting for a good ‘ol Arabian epic.

 

Drinking Game

Take a Drink: every time you see an oil well

Take a Drink: every time every time a camel dies

Take a Shot: every time someone switches allegiances

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