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Academy Award-winner Denzel Washington stars as a tenacious homicide detective caught in the grasp of unimaginable evil in thesuspense-thriller Fallen. Detective John Hobbes (Washington) and hispartner, Jonesy (John Goodman), apprehend a demonic serial killer andwitness his execution--but the grisly murders continue. Do these newslayings point to a copycat killer--or something even more sinister? Asthe investigation unfolds, Hobbes' superior officer, Lieutenant Stanton(Donald Sutherland), makes a frightening discovery. Now, DetectiveHobbes confronts one waking nightmare after another as he battles theevil that dwells within the hearts and souls of the Fallen.]]>
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The plot is about Detective John Hobbes (Denzel Washington), who has just captured serial killer Edgar Reese (Elias Koteas). Before Reese is executed, he speaks to Hobbes in a strange language and tells him a riddle, asking him why there's a space between Lyons and Spakowsky. Hobbes doesn't think much of this and watches silently as Reese is executed in the gas chamber.
The next day, another murder occurs, and Hobbes and his partner Jonesy (John Goodman) check it out. To his shock, Hobbes finds the same riddle Reese told him scrawled on the wall of the victim's apartment. Unraveling the clue and with the help of an intelligent woman named Gretta Milano (Embeth Davidtz), he discovers that a demon called Azazel had inhibited the body of Reese and can switch from one human host another with a simple touch.
The premise itself is chilling, yet I was a bit hesitant to watch this film. The critics' reviews were mixed but all of them seemed to agree that the film was a bit slow moving. The truth is, Fallen is a bit slow for the first forty or so minutes, but the last eighty minutes are full of intriguing ideas that are well explored along with plenty of extremely suspenseful scenes, especially the ending, which, by the way, has a great twist.
Regarding the suspenseful moments of the film, they can truly be described as edge of your seat.Read more ›
Denzel Washington is appealing as always as the good guy and John Goodman is surprisingly low-key for most of the movie. All the characters are very interesting and the special effects are creepy. The story is pure "Hollywood theology" mean also means the characters - include the heroes - in here have no clue about God or the purpose of life.
The DVD provides excellent entertainment. The visuals are decent on this disc and sound-effects are chilling in spots. As the demon sees through the eyes of people and passes by with these "whoosh" sounds, it's very effective. As mentioned, the film doesn't need a lot of violence to succeed with it's horror-type tale.
One note about the final scene. if you get confused, you aren't alone. Maybe I'm not too bright because it took me a couple of viewings to see it all in perspective.
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 ›
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This movie is much deeper than I realized when I first watched it...such a powerful movie.Published 22 days ago by Sherell C.
Top film top actor great story line with the suspence and a well thought out ending it's a good film for the family over 15sPublished 29 days ago by Amazon Customer
It was Denzel Washington so, of course, it was good. He's one of our favorites. BUT the subject was dark indeed. I would not recommend this for children.Published 1 month ago by darlene b money
Great movie! Makes you think about what is REALLY going on in the world from a spiritual standpoint. My husband and I have watch this movie at least 5 times! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
one of those movies you have got to pay attention to whats going on..excellent movie..Published 1 month ago by Blake Stephens
Time is on my side... Love this... went to watch it and it was on VHS. Had to update.Published 1 month ago by katrina marie
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