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Detective John Hobbes is searching for a criminal he's already met... already caught... and already killed
Homicide detective John Hobbes witnesses the execution of serial killer Edgar Reese. Soon after the execution the killings start again, and they are very similar to Reese's style.
Fallen has just enough supernatural and demonic elements to qualify for Hoop-Tober. It may be tenuous and a bit of a stretch, but I hope Cine lets me away with this one.
When a serial killer sentenced to death invites the detective who caught him to his execution, it wasn't just to say cheerio. Elias Koteas has made a career out of playing weirdos, and again convinces as the Rolling Stones fan with an abominable plan for revenge from beyond the grave. This is a film with a very clever premise and a creepy vibe from the very start. Denzel Washington plays the cop whose life is about to be turned upside down by demonic goings-on as an ancient…
Really surprised by this film. I could see why one would hate this but if you get into it it's pretty cool. The demon transfer thing is pretty stupid but I accepted it and they did some cool things with it. Denzel is, as always, awesome. He really raises the film and he's got a couple nice scenes with the ever reliable John Goodman. Neat stuff.
Deserves to become a classic. Well written, twisty turny, suspenseful, intriguing, clever, beautiful autumnal visuals, wonderful cast and a superb punchline. Don't know what's not to love. Half a star off perfect for being about angels and we all know that's just silly.
Really feels like Se7en with Denzel.
It came out three years after but they may have well been released simultaneously. There was a whole string of movies that went for the red and black motif, movies that absolutely needed a big twist at the end. Fallen sets up that twist in the beginning and let's us wonder how Denzel almost dies.
Fallen is a bit more Gothic than I remember Se7en being but they're both fixated on religion. In Fallen, a demon follows people around, murdering them while setting up a serial killer narrative. Serial killer narratives were huge in the 90s. You've got Denzel playing himself like he always does. Not that that's a bad thing, I love watching…
Denzel as a cocky detective who's on the trail to find a body-jumping demon named Azazel. Somewhat brainless, twisty, atmospheric and adhered to the clichés of its thriller genre. Also forever altered my listening of Rolling Stones' "Time Is On My Side", holy shit. Koteas and Goodman do it gleefully! While nothing in Fallen actually challenges as transcendental for 90's detective films, it's certainly interesting. Those crowded, urbanized streets which change from autumnal to winter kind of bespeak a cold and edgy feel. Hoblit's tilted, blurry close-ups of bodies touching each other as a hiss sound emanates the screen was also initially creepy. Then it became so prominent that unintentional laughs were had. There's also a final "reveal" which completely negates all of the narration which preceded it, but whatever. This was a strange, silly yet disorienting experience that was more than watchable. Gandolfini's beasty 'mo is legendary.
I have a lot of time for this film. It probably got a little lost amongst the clamouring around the (slightly) similar Se7en. There's two great central performances here too - Washington and Goodman both on good form. And the way that the 'spirit' reveals itself through song is highly effective - simple but powerful.
I saw this at the drive-in when it first came out. The main things I remember is that it was hotter than hell that night, the 'twist' ending blew my mind and the movie genuinely freaked me out. It was also one of the first DVDs I bought. I would have rated this 5/5 hands down.
Now, not so much. It's a better premise than an actual movie and it's only the great cast, especially Denzel, that's makes this as watchable as it is. And it's quite watchable.
But it's interesting to me that I found this so frightening in 1998 and I wonder if that was because I would have described myself as agnostic back then, so I guess…
Solid supernatural yarn with Denz doing what he does best.
Extremely "so that's it?" ending
One of my favourite Denzel movies and very much in line with The First Power. Goodman is great here, and ELIAS KOTEAS is absolutely amazing.
A pretty silly, very typically 90s 'gothic supernatural thriller/serial killer mystery' that seemed to be all the rage. While there is a typically assured Denzel Washington performance at the centre of this, it really doesn't elevate itself much beyond what one would have seen in a middle of the road episode of Millennium, and is certainly a pretty average film all-round.
Hidden gem from Denzel. Erratic & insubstantive, but stylish nonetheless. It will get the Rolling Stones stuck in your head.
Denzel made this film. and john goodman. like i definitely wouldn't have paid much attention to them without it. and so much 90s feel. and "ohp you didnt expect this did you" grinning plot things. catchy music. cool.
It's no "The Omen" or "The Exorcist" nor I would say it's in Denzel's TOP 10 but still it's one hell a film. Story is quite compelling and engaging and performances are astonishing. John Goodman is otherworldly as allways but especially at the ending. I can't believe I haven't seen it before...
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