DIR: Tarsem Singh • WRI: Dan Gilroy, Nico Soultanakis, Tarsem Singh • PRO: Tarsem Singh, Nico Soultanakis, Lionel Kopp • DOP: Colin Watkinson • ED: Robert Duffy • DES: Ged Clarke • CAST: Catinca Untaru, Lee Pace, Justine Waddell, Kim Uylenbroek
Director Tarsem Singh, the talent behind the film The Cell, has brought us the best film of 2008. The Fall is an amazing film with a genre mix of adventure, fantasy and drama. Very touching and heart-warming, this work of art will keep you hooked.
During the opening credits you will be wondering what it is about but it won’t be until near the end that it will become clear.
A five-year-old girl, Alexandria (Catinca Untaru) and a movie stuntman, Roy Walker (Lee Pace) form a beautiful friendship after meeting in a hospital in 1920’s Los Angeles. Their bond grows deeper through to the end of the film. Nurse Evelyn (Justine Waddell) acts like a mother-figure to Alexandria while she is in hospital.
Roy and Alexandria first form that friendship on finding out that they both received their injuries from falling. Alexandria has a broken arm and Roy’s legs are broken after a stunt.
Roy begins to tell the young girl a story about six mythical heroes who strike up a friendship and set on a journey to kill their mutual enemy, Governor Odious. Odious has done something to each hero to give each of them a specific reason to hate him. The young girl comes back every day to listen to more parts of the story, but you begin to realise that Roy is being nice to Alexandria and telling her these stories for a particular reason. He wants something in return for the continuous story telling, something that only Alexandria can help him with.
There are very impressive performances by the two main leads, especially the young girl Catinca Untaru, whose talent should be acknowledged.
The setting of the film could have been better. As it was set in the 1920s there could have been more of an old-style feel to the film. The adventure scenes lacked action and special affects that would of fitted into the film perfectly. It’s an adventure but don’t think that means that it’s full of action-packed scenes. There are a few fight scenes but mainly it’s just a love story. However, it really doesn’t need any special affects and is fine the way it is.
What was good about the film was that it switched from different times. One minute it is set in the old style 1920s hospital and then it switched to an adventurous ancient Rome style scene, which made the movie more interesting.
The film is for both children and adults as children would enjoy the story of the heroes and adults would easily become hooked on the plot of Roy’s epic, the love story.
Overall, it is a film well worth seeing and deserves a high rating. For those who love action and special effects it wouldn’t be for you but the adventurous type and the love story type would find it amazing.