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Fallen under its Spell,
This review is from: Fallen [DVD]  (DVD)
Usually a prolific actor means for sub standard films. How glad I remain that Denzil Washington proves me wrong, time and again.
I loved The Bone Collector, despite the obvious differences to the book, and Fallen is another I have slowly come to adore. Odd given that on first viewing I initially was lukewarm. For those that get that same feeling... give it a chance. On second viewing it is a lot more intense.
The story follows Det. John Hobbes (Washington) and the man he put behind bars as he is condemned to death. Swearing beforehand he will return and it's not over. When strange things begin to occur and those close to him begin to die in mysterious manners, he is forced to believe as the truth stares him in the face. Will time be on his side?
Washington as par usual is fantastic in his execution of the main character. In many respects he belongs among the best. A rare actor in that he can convey every moment: each emotion with just a simple tense look.
Fallen is greatly helped by the supporting cast: Donald Sutherland, John Goodman, and Embeth Davidtz among others. All bring a credibility to the respective roles and film whilst not becoming too hammy in the process.
Something I truly love about Fallen is the fact it doesn't always go for the cheap thrills and is prepared to hold out, giving the eventual result more substance. By far Azazel is one of the creepiest villains recently portrayed in a film.
Gregory Hoblit's direction is done well, even with some pauses that break the tension, it still carries a fluidness and the score is beautifully done, complementing the movie.
What impresses in 'Fallen' specifically is the final scene/s and the sated use of colours. Whilst there is colour it is toned down to make the film serious, working well. And the jarring twist? Wow! You'll be surprised.
For me Embeth Davidtz was the star beside Washington. A beloved actress she still held her own against Hollywood legends, admirably well. And that song: time is on my side, perfect!
In a nutshell if you like thrillers that make you think, films a la 'Kiss the Girls' you will like this. I apolgise if you don't but I hope it's to your taste. A underrated lil gem.