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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Review of film: “THE FALL” -- REFLECT before you plunge into this

Review of film:   “THE FALL”   --  REFLECT before you plunge into this  = 

                  [ RATING:  6 of 10 stars ] 

Date Rated: May 28, 2008 | Rel. Date: May 9, 2008 =

This film (by Tarsem Singh) was shot in a number of wonderful locations (such as India), has some impressive sets and costumes and some quite good acting by leads LEE PACE (as injured stunt actor Roy Walker) and charming young CATINCA UNTARU as Alexandria, the girl who tries to help him recover in a hospital after World War I...

...  What it doesn’t have is a sensible, clear story you can really enjoy, since Roy is such an inherently depressed character who creates stories for Alexandria to try to induce her to get him excessive medications. There are some humorous elements, and some fabulous architectural structures you can take pleasure in...

...  But, I think you’ll have some difficulty in truly enjoying the film as an overall experience: it’s not bad, it’s just frequently somewhat confusing, and, to me the whole doesn’t add up to more than the sum of its disparate parts. In other words, it’s more fascinating than pleasurable. Best to think twice before you decide to spend your time seeing it.

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