Fallen, The Fallen, Fallen Movie Review, Movie Review, Film Review

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The horrible part of a supposedly horror movie is trying to understand where the horror is. A talented cast with the likes of Denzel Washington, John Goodman, Embeth Davidtz and Donald Sutherland deserve a better script than the one that Nicholas Kazan provides. You must remember that this is the same man that gave us the dazzling script of "Reversal of Fortune". This thriller of the supernatural is just a bit too contrived and consequently suffers the misfortune of having two detectives as likable as Denzel and Goodman with genuine happy dispositions. All that works well until the eerie happenings commence and we have to suspend our disbelief that this is really occurring.

There is only so much that you can ask of an audience and when you have such excellent programs on TV as NYPD Blues, you can not help but wonder why they would even bother to shoot this movie. The evil that Satan creates as the fallen angel is a bit much to swallow and it is to the credit of the cast that they work very hard, and it shows, to make us get involved in this story. The fact that it all happens in a very normal, run of the mill everyday world is the kind of glue that should have us fascinated by these supernatural thrills. Instead we wind up playing touch and go or rather tag game with all the encounters of other people. Embeth Davidtz provides an interesting performance as the daughter of a cop that has been murdered or has he.

Well, we have many turns and twists to this tale and are happy when we can go home and not be threatened by the ghostly and grizzly events of this horror movie.

Warner Bros.
Produced by: Charles Roven, Dawn Steel
Directed by: Gregory Hoblit
With: Denzel Washington, John Goodman, Donald Sutherland, Embeth Davidtz, James Gandolfini, Elias Koters
Executive producers: Elon Dershowitz, Nicholas Kazan, Robert Cavallo, Ted Kuadyla
Muisc composed and conducted by: Tan Dun
Editor: Lawrence Jordan
Custome designer: Colleen Atwood
Production designed by: Terence Marsh
Director of photography: Newton Thomas Sigel
Written by: Nicholas Kazan
Rated: R
Released wide 16 January 1998

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Original Date Saturday 17 January 1998
Updated Sunday 18 January 1998