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. Included on the DVD is a full-length audio commentary by director Hoblit, screenwriter Nicholas Kazan, and producer Charles Roven. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.Read more ›
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.
The entire premise of the movie is totally un-Biblical and anytime a film uses a Biblical concept (demons) then totally twists it around without regard to the source, it is diminished in my eyes. Also, the movie is a wicked movie, wicked in the sense of its overpowering evil and the fact that there is no catharsis. Movies like that just aren't very entertaining to watch.
Nevertheless, there are a couple of reasons to watch FALLEN. First, there is Denzel Washington; he's just a fascinating actor to watch perform. However, the main reason to watch this film are because of its supporting actors: John Goodman and Donald Sutherland. They outshine Washington in almost every scene.
If you enjoyed THE EXORCIST, you may like this movie. It's also worth watching if you're a Washington or Goodman or Donald Sutherland fan. Other than that, I'd reccommend watching something that leaves your emotions purged instead of pent up.
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Found it long boring and predictable. Not the worst movie i have seen but a dud for a good actor like Denzel.Published 10 months ago by wb
Interesting theme of the myth of Azazel coming into the realm of a regular life of a detective, Denzel Washington, who to his utter disbelief has to battle an intractable foe who... Read morePublished 24 months ago by joe renaud
Ce film était déja très bon mais maintenant il l'est encore plus avec une meilleure image et un meilleure son si vous l'aviez en dvd acheter le aussi en... Read morePublished on Oct. 18 2012 by Patrice Gagné
this is a genuinely creepy and mysterious movie,and it maintains that
atmosphere throughout,but stops just short of being oppressive. Read more
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... Read morePublished on July 18 2004 by snalen
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 morePublished on July 6 2004 by Amazon Customer
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 morePublished on May 21 2004 by Ryan Orvosh
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 morePublished on May 11 2004 by Red