Film #148: RAIN FALL
2 out of 5 stars
Gary Oldman headlines this spy thriller based on a series of books by Barry Eisler. The film is directed and scripted by Max Mannix (who was one of the writers of Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s TOKYO SONATA). Sadly, this is a muddled affair that really wants to be like one of the Bourne films, but falls far short. Oldman is along purely for Western appeal, but brings very little to the table (mostly barking orders and acting shady). Kippei Shiina is engaging enough as the lead, but his acting is stiff and the fight scenes are handled poorly (mostly due to erratic editing). While there is a host of Japanese cinema’s best character actors cast, they mostly wander in and out of scenes, spouting expository speeches, and phoning it in. The film has its moments, but it is never able to soar or generate the kind of kinetic energy these films HAVE to have.