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Fallen [Blu-ray] (Bilingual)

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Although it received mixed reactions from critics and audiences alike when released in 1998, this supernatural thriller benefits from a sustained atmosphere of anticipation and dread, and its combination of detective mystery and demonic mischief is handled with ample style and intelligence. Under the direction of Gregory Hoblit (who fared better with Primal Fear), Denzel Washington plays detective John Hobbes, who witnesses the gas-chamber execution of a serial killer (Elias Koteas). But when another series of murders begins, Hobbes suspects that the killer's evil spirit has survived and is possessing the bodies of others to do its evil bidding. Even Hobbes's trusted partner (John Goodman) thinks the detective is losing his grip on reality, but the dire warnings of a noted linguist (Embeth Davidtz) confirm Hobbes's far-out theory, and his case intensifies toward a fateful showdown. Although its idea is better than its execution, and the story's film noir ambitions are never fully accomplished, this slickly directed thriller has some genuinely effective moments in which evil forces are entwined into the fabric of everyday reality. Among the highlights is a memorable scene in which Detective Hobbes must track the killer as the evil spirit is transferred between many people via physical contact. Even if the film is ultimately less than the sum of its parts, it's an intriguing hybrid that resides in the same cinematic neighborhood as Seven and The Silence of the Lambs with a cast that also includes Donald Sutherland and James Gandolfini. --Jeff Shannon

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3.0 out of 5 stars Ho hum July 18 2004
By snalen
Format:DVD
Denzel Washington is John Hobbes, a homicide cop who is called to investigate a killing that looks very like the work of recently executed Edgar Reese and is disturbed to find that whoever did it seems to attach real significance to the odd riddle Reese teased him with shortly before dying. The riddle's solution leads him to the case of another cop's mysterious death in a remote mountain cabin thirty years previously and to that cop's surviving daughter, now an academic expert on angels. And deciphering the words of Aramaic Reece spoke to Hobbes in the same pre-execution conversation thickens the plot still further...
It's natural to bracket this film with Rupert Wainwright's 1999 "Stigmata" as a pair of ambitious, quite expensively cast, mainstream Hollywood attempts from the late 90's to breathe a little new life into the old "Exorcist" theme of possession neither of which quite comes off. This one is pleasant enough to watch, taking the form of what at first seems a fairly conventional police procedural thriller until the supernatural elements start to crowd in. The first half is the best with its intriguing sense of mystery. Things get weaker when the mystery dispels and Hobbes is left in no doubt about the strange game of demonic tag he has stumbled upon. The problem here is that what Hobbes find out is intended to be truly disturbing and scary and, well, it isn't all that much. SO an OK mystery movie that turns into a rather ineffective horror movie that is well enough put together to sustain interest but won't linger in the memory.
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Simply put, "Fallen" is a pure classic in the psychological thriller genre! Very few films in this genre that attempt such status actually ever achieve as successfully as this film does. From the very beginning of this film to the end it is an intense, script and character driven silver screen masterpiece. One of the most interesting aspects of this film is that it can be watched over and over again, given time in between viewings, and one can pick up different things every time, making it that much better.
Performance wise, Denzel Washington delivers one of his most powerful and memorable performances in this fine film. Of course, over the years he's proven himself to be one of Hollywood's finest in that very few films of his are less than spectacular. This particular role for him almost engenders the aura that it was specifically written with him in mind as the lead. John Goodman's performance is right on par with his usual style of acting, making the film that much better. Donald Sutherland's performances over the years have been, to me, somewhat spotty with his performance in this film being one of his better ones. The only other film that I've watched in which Embeth Davidtz, and incredibly beautiful actress, has starred in was "Schindler's List." Her performance in "Fallen" is extremely memorable, leaving one to the conclusion that they should check out her other films. Of special note is seeing a pre "Sopranos" performance by James Gandolfini.
It's official, I'm a fan of Director Gregory Hoblit's films as he's not only deftly directed this fine film but other enjoyable films such as "Frequency" and "Hart's War.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very original and very interesting plot! Nov. 6 2003
By Eric
Format:DVD
I rented this movie from Blockbuster last night, and I am kind of glad that I did because this movie was damn right good. Of course I plan to buy this film, but I am here to write a review and here it is. Mr.Washington plays a detective named John Hobbs, he captures a cold harded killer named Edgar Reese, and he witnesses his execution.
But this is where it get's creepy, his soul escapes his body, and transfer's to a guard who released the gas. See Edgar Reese killed his victims, but he was controlled by a demon, and Edgar was not in his right space of mind, he was used like a puppet.
So as the demon then moves around to find other victims for it's sick game, the killings begin, the first person to kill someone always left a bowl of sugar, a box of cereal with sugar on it, and the bowl of cereal all align together.
Now as John finds out the truth, with the clues left my the killer, he then finds out about the demon and tries to stop it.
The movie is VERY good, and the best thing about is that, IT HAS NO GORE unlike other films like Slience of The Lambs, Hannibal, and Red Dragon just to name a few. So rent this or buy it and you wont regret it.
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The story itself is a step away from the more common crime/scandal dramas and powder-puffed action suspense movies, not to mention the 'Man's daughter is kidnapped, Kidnappers die, Man and daughter hug and live happily ever after' scenerio which will forever pop up with popular and talented actors (Don't Say a Word-2001, Swordfish-2001). 'Fallen' is a suspense film, yes, but with a fictional dangerous-religion twist combined with the star power and more importantly tremendous acting talent of Denzel Washington. A detective, (Denzel Washington) becomes the target of a fallen spirit's vengeance who can travel from human to human by way of a simple tap or touch. Denzel untangles the ncient mystery of this demon and consequently becomes a timid believer in it's existance and power. The movie has an eery feel and a well-supported cast including veteran actor Donald Sutherland and part-timer on the big screen John Goodman. It's unigue expression of the vengfull demon story and the beautifully done dialogue by Denzel Washington make it what I think a terrific film, not another 'Hollow Man' that most would enjoy only once for its' FX and then let it drop to the world of Star Trek fans and sci-fi people. This mysterious suspensefull drama is interesting, well-acted and worth a good amount of credit in its' originallity and good direction. And for a small number of you, guess what, it has James Gandolfini! Oh wow, yes rent it because its' got what ever his first name Soprano in it. I hate that show, don't look for a review of mine there.
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Published 19 days ago by joe renaud
5.0 out of 5 stars Doublement meilleure en blu-ray !!
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Published 22 months ago by Patrice Gagné
4.0 out of 5 stars authentically creepy and mysterious
this is a genuinely creepy and mysterious movie,and it maintains that
atmosphere throughout,but stops just short of being oppressive. Read more
Published on Feb. 1 2008 by falcon
4.0 out of 5 stars Denzel does it again
This is such a gripping movie. You never know when or in whom the killer will appear next. What a thriller. Another wonderful performance by Denzel. Read more
Published on July 6 2004 by L. King
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Good
A good friend of mine told me this movie was really good and talked me into watching it with him. Let's just say we're no longer good friends. Read more
Published on May 21 2004 by Ryan Orvosh
4.0 out of 5 stars evil
True evil is just as contagious as a cold. Fallen does what Jack Nicholson's The Pledge tried to do and failed. It was overlooked when it was out. Read more
Published on May 11 2004 by Red
5.0 out of 5 stars Fallen
Fallen is a must have for my dvd collection. Denzel Washington should have won many awards for this performance. Read more
Published on April 29 2004 by Mark
5.0 out of 5 stars just saw it and loved it!
I just rented this movie and watched it for the first time. Denzel has always been a very good actor. Read more
Published on Jan. 20 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Overlooked masterpiece...
As this film began, I was certain it was a film by David Fincher. The titles, music and approach are quite similar. Read more
Published on Jan. 5 2004 by R. Gawlitta
3.0 out of 5 stars great movie, until the predictable ending twist
this movie follows a thread you have never seen before -- devil spirits that pass through human touch, and can take up any form. Read more
Published on Dec 14 2003
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