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  • Summary: A top secret American forces strategic bomber known as Midnight Eagle suddenly vanishes in the Northern Alps. Its payload is a specialized nuclear warhead. If it were to explode, the entire nation of Japan would be hurled into an unprecedented calamity. Prime Minister Takafumi Watarase convenes an emergency meeting of the Security Council of Japan. An elite squad from the Self-Defense Force able to operate in severe mountains conditions is formed, and heads off to try and recover the fuselage. Amidst the violent barrage of gunfire from agents of an enemy nation, an actual war is about to begin in the heart of Japan, 62 years after the end of World War II. (Strand Releasing) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 7
  2. Negative: 2 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    75
    Gripping and ultimately poignant thriller.
  2. 63
    This is pure big-budget formula filmmaking.
  3. Reviewed by: Matt Zoller Seitz
    60
    Izuru Narushima’s film is a personal and political melodrama with perfunctory gunplay and explosions.
  4. Reviewed by: Russell Edwards
    50
    While key blockbuster elements (ticking bombs, intrepid reporters, lightweight politics) are all present, the film's brisk pacing can't hide the fuzzy logic of the tenuously structured, convoluted script.
  5. Reviewed by: Aaron Hillis
    50
    Convoluted action saga.
  6. 25
    There are many new Japanese movies that deserve a stateside release. Why this hapless mess beat them out is a question that deserves an answer.
  7. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    20
    A stupor-inducing, would-be thriller from Japan whose sporadic action and inept storytelling is as generic as its title.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. Mar 14, 2014
    10
    I found this film to be totally enjoyable. Disaster awaits East Asia. Will our anti-hero save the world?
    The background scenery is
    breathtaking, and the action sequences provide anxious thrills as the audience is taken through two story lines that become one. A deeper analysis of the main protagonists would require a lengthy paragraph. Suffice to just sit back, enjoy the film, enjoy the action, and become engrossed in the story that is partially political melodrama and pure action adrenaline. Expand

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