"When you're born, sometimes the only thing you can do is become what you were meant to be"
"Day Of The Falcon" is a wonderful tale of two families attempting to squelch their differences with the union of their children. Antonio Banderas stars in this film as Emir, a father bound by honor, but tempted by greed. While, Amar(Strong), is a father that lives for days and ideas of the past. Fortunately however, for the both of them, their sons have another perspective on how their futures should turn out when all is said and done. This title is on Netflix and it's one to easily receive a 4 to 5 star rating. Are you ready to Unhinge?
The beginning of the film starts by showing a heartfelt bond of trust being formed by the two fathers, as they use their children to cement a peace treaty. Once the treaty is established, the two men go about their separate ways of providing for their people. There are many years of peace within each of their respective lands, but times are hard and finances are low. This is the weak point which some American explorers manipulate, as they uncover traces of crude within a land that separates the two parties. This land containing the crude is known as "The Yellow Belt" and it's a "no mans land" that both Emir and Amar have a sworn to leave unclaimed in the balance of their treaty.
However, Emir is contacted by the Americans and informed of the riches he could yield, if only he gives them permission to tap into their unclaimed wealth of Black Gold. An offer like this is too tempting to pass over, so Amir complies and allows the Americans to siphon the riches within "The Yellow Belt". Once, the Americans begin digging and find fountains of liquid gold, Amir's wealth grows, but along with that, so does his greed. It's not long before Sultan Amar learns of this breach in their prior agreement and sends a cease and desist message of blood and bones.
But what about the children, you ask? Well, the children, Auda(Rahim) and Saleeh(Gazi) are grown men now with thoughts and ideas of their own. It seems no one ever questioned how this breach of agreement would set off a chain of events that would reshape the face of the desert forever.
We've got to say, this movie was a pleasant surprise. Of course, we knew it would be interesting because Banderas was in it, but the acting from cast members like Tahar Rahim and Riz Ahmed kept us engaged all the way through. "Day Of The Falcon" is a top quality production that was able to tell a compelling story, all while, showing the pride an honor of the Arabic people. Once you see the film, you'll notice how some core religious and cultural beliefs play a major role in the perceptions and actions of the characters. Also, you will notice that the Americans were shown as money hungry foreigners that will do anything for a dollar, but "Hey, there's a lot of us to fit the bill"(lol).
As a wrap up, "Day Of The Falcon" is a dense movie with tons of information served over the course of two hours. What makes this film so dynamic from the rest is the way you're presented with powerful scenes without the actual flow of the film stopping. You know how a lot of movies like to pause when something significant happens, you won't find that here. Jean-Jacques Annaud did an excellent job of directing this compelling story of Greed, Honor, Loyalty and Love.
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