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FALL (2022)

Find the biggest screen possible to experience the thrill ride that is FALL, an intensely unnerving visual spectacular with a surprisingly engaging emotional arc.

When Hunter (Virginia Gardner) coaxes her best friend Becky (Grace Caroline Curry) out of her emotional hole to climb a 2,000 tower, they soon find themselves stranded with no way down. Writer/director Scott Mann has crafted a thriller that hits the ground running in the opening moments of the film and never lets up. While lulls in the story pop up here and there, the unease felt by the audience never misses a beat. Stars Curry and Gardner have exceptional chemistry, their attempts to get down and their conversations about grief, conquering fear, and living life fueling much of film. Jeffrey Dean Morgan, though here in a very limited role, does what he does best and delivers the emotion necessary while costar Mason Gooding is solid and convincing (though I would have liked to have seen more of him).

I can’t say that I would ever allow a friend like Hunter to talk me into something absolutely insane like this, but for the sake of the plot, it all works. Most impressive about FALL are the visuals; the audience is there for every near-FALL, the camera taking you on the roller coaster of a ride when an item drops to the ground, while distancing shots reenforce the isolation of the characters upon a desolate backdrop. Everything looks so real, adding to the intensity of the predicament. FALL is a little bit too long for what it is depicting, the story at the core not requiring such longevity, but it never once skimps on the quality. When you think you know where it’s going, Mann’s script (written with Jonathan Frank) reveals otherwise. I’m quite impressed with how visceral FALL feels, a cinematic achievement for the senses. Oh, and confirmation that I have a serious phobia of heights.

FALL hits theaters this Friday.

Rating: 4/5

Photo from Lionsgate

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