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Fallen (1998)
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by Ryan Arthur

"Tiiiiiime, is on my s- *BLAM*. Yes it is. Thank you."
3 stars

Kinda creepy, but not quite creepy enough.

Fallen is a supernatural thriller based in reality. It has some good moments and good performances, but the parts don't really add up to a whole.

Denzel Washington plays Hobbes, a detective who, along with his partner Jonesey (John Goodman) is investigating a series of murders. The murderer (Elias Koteas) has been caught and summarily executed, but murders keep happening, all of them identical to the ones the murderer committed. It seems he was possessed by a fallen angel (the "Fallen" of the title) named Azazel, and he's not gonna stop. The spirit (if that's what it can be called) moves from host body to host body, a plot device that plays out in an especially eerie sequence where a street full of people seemingly threaten Hobbes, all of them at one point or another possessed by Azazel.

Fallen is all right. It's not the worst film in the world, but it's far from the best, either. Washington was an interesting choice for the role, although he's still too down to earth. Goodman is fine, although Donald Sutherland (as Washington and Goodman's superior) is a little out of place, as is Embeth Davidtz (Schindler's List) as an expert on angels and the supernatural.

Oh, and that Rolling Stones' song will get stuck in your head, making you want to go on a murderous rampage.

It's a good idea, well directed (by Gregory Hoblit of Primal Fear), but in the end the twists and turns just are too predictable. It builds up to an unsatisfying climax.

Maybe a rental, but don't pay full price.

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originally posted: 11/19/98 02:30:45
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User Comments

11/28/12 Grant Brilliant movie, casting fabulous and for those who criticise the movie - really watch it! 5 stars
11/03/08 Shaun Wallner Thought this was a good film. 4 stars
2/23/07 David Pollastrini I saw it but have no memory of it so it must have sucked 2 stars
6/16/06 Michele awesome 5 stars
11/06/05 noops not a good climax...bla bla..... 2 stars
8/11/05 ES Such an excellent and creepy movie, one of the best from Mr. Washington 5 stars
6/29/04 Moo ...Draahhp the gaahhdd daahhmmn gun, Hoohhbbes... 5 stars
6/29/04 Sylver Wheep, this movie RULES. Dunno what you're talkin' bout if you hate it - WATCH IT. ^_^ 5 stars
5/07/04 Maartje Wonderful story, amazing film!! 5 stars
4/08/03 Jack Sommersby Decent scripting tripped up by clunky directing. 2 stars
3/05/03 R.W. Welch Overly contrived mumbo-jumbo mystery. Skip it. 2 stars
9/26/02 snowconehead horrible narration of the plot twist 3 stars
2/09/02 Alex Pydd watch it, you'll love it. promise. 5 stars
1/15/02 Andrew Carden Oscar-Worthy Performance By Washington Makes This A Must-See. 5 stars
7/08/01 luke vanessa has the worst review of any movie on this site did she even watch the movie? 5 stars
2/17/01 Jake A rip off of Shocker with Mitch Pileggi. Not original at all. 2 stars
9/24/00 Deborah You really had to pay attention to understand what the hell was going on. 4 stars
9/21/00 Sully Tremendous movie!!!! Best fright nite movie ever made!!! 5 stars
7/18/00 Matthew Bartley Very creepy and original 4 stars
1/24/00 val donnelly intellectual crime/supernatural thriller 4 stars
8/05/99 Exhibit A I feel that this is a confusing movie with a brilliant ending, (time is on our side) 5 stars
8/02/99 John McDevitt A solid movie that all leads up to the utterly brilliant twist at the end. 5 stars
10/14/98 Chi-Fan Hu Kind of a confusing movie. 3 stars
8/31/98 Mister Whoopee Denzel... lost it. What the hell was this bollocks? 1 stars
8/25/98 Miss Stress thisi s the story on how i almost killed myself in the theater! 1 stars
8/15/98 {{{OZ}}} I only saw the trailer but it looked dumb as hell. 2 stars
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  16-Jan-1998 (R)
  DVD: 07-Jun-2005



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