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10/15/2017 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Beautiful Hollywood fantasy w/ a human heart.

A breathtaking example of pure visual storytelling, Tarsem Singh's fantasy epic THE FALL plays out like a more bizarre and sometimes darker version of THE PRINCESS BRIDE. Shot in 28 different countries over four years and using no computer generated imagery, the scale and scope of the physical production is astounding. Despite its gigantic size and majestic scenery, there is a smaller and sometimes touching story at the center.
A stunt man named Roy is injured on set in 1920s Hollywood. Broken physically and psychologically, he meets and befriends a young girl Alexandria who is also a patient at the hospital. He tells her a story to pass the time which transports them to a mythical timeless locale where five superhuman adventurers battle an evil tyrant, rescue princesses, and other dari...

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01/31/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"The Fall" by Yojimbo

A paralyzed stuntman entertains a little girl with fairytales while in hospital with the ulterior motive of tricking her into helping him commit suicide. A great deal has been made of the fact that this film was shot in 20 countries around the globe, but my question would have to be: "Why?" The locations although visually spectacular have no bearing whatsoever on the story and the film amounts to little more than a flick book of postcards of famous places. It's all very nicely shot and the costumes are magnificent, but the so-called "allegory of a broken psyche" is just storytelling as a clumsy and unsophisticated metaphor for the main character's state of mind. The tale itself is like hearing the unfocused, unexciting and unfunny rambling of someone who is terminally sorry for themself w...

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09/18/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

A Rich Work Of Art

It is as though Singh embarked on a comprehensive examination of the planet, plucking just the right locations, like a painter would with hues, to create this tapestry of luxurious delights. The Fall is one of the most rich, entrancing tales to be told through film. Both adorable, and beautifully sad, it's a pleasure for the senses, as well as the heart, in much the same way that Pan's Labyrinth succeeded.

The characters are dear, and the use of somewhat unknown (or inexperienced?) actors greatly increases your ability to sink in and take their situations seriously. Playing the role of the damaged stunt man, Lee Pace will (or maybe SHOULD) gain much respect for this difficult performance, and for proving his ability to impressively carry a film along side a child. He not only achieved ...

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06/08/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

The Fall is Better Than Pan's Labyrinth

Some really interesting visuals tha reminded me of The Cell (for obvious reasons), Hero (because of the strong colors), Pan's Labyrinth, and even The Princess Bride. All of which, I consider to be at least "good." The Fall is better than Pan's Labyrinth mostly because of the story and how it interwines with real life. While Pan's Labyrinth tries to pretend that the fairy tale is true, The Fall does not.

The acting is superb all around with both the lead "stunt man" and the little girl taking most of the lines. While they both sort of play multiple characters, it is clear that they can act in multiple settings.

The visuals in this thing really made the movie good for me. It actually reminded me of a Salvador Dali painting at times. Beyond the visuals though, the story was rat...

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