“Rising Sun” is a decent crime film. The only reason that anybody would really seek this film out is if they are a fan of Wesley Snipes and Sean Connery, but it is good enough to hold your interest for two hours. The content of the film is definitely geared toward adults. The crime revolves around a murder that occurs in the middle of a sexual act, which resulted in a graphic portrayal of the act and then a consistent revisiting of the scene throughout the film. It definitely could have been done in a more tasteful, family-friendly manner but since I haven’t read the book, I can’t judge whether Michael Crichton’s original source material necessitated it. I definitely prefer his stories about dinosaurs to this one. Connery and Snipes offer average performances compared to their typical output and establish an interesting buddy-cop-but-not-buddies chemistry. This is a great example of using a diverse cast to bring the characters to life. The white-washing of Hollywood films is always a hot topic but this film proves two things: 1. Using actors of the proper ethnicity for their character helps to create realism. 2. When you properly use actors of ethnicity, you do not have to parade it around as a victory against racism. This film was properly cast and it isn’t necessary to turn it into a political statement. “Rising Sun” won’t leave you feeling like you wasted your time but there are hundreds of better crime films that I would recommend before prioritizing this one.
[Pictured: “Rising Sun” isn’t good but it isn’t terrible either]