- Rated R
- 124 mins
- I rated 4 stars (Really Liked It)
I've always been a little curious about this film; I remember a whole lot of buzz about it when it came out, but never knew much about it. Denzel was the biggest thing since sliced bread back then, but I never got around to seeing this one. As you might remember from Red State, I'm quite partial to John Goodman, so I thought I'd give it a go.
The film begins with Denzel as a tough, but inscrutable detective witnessing the execution of his biggest catch do date. From the onset we're clued into the supernatural element underpinning the movie.
The bad guy dies, but the demonic spirit residing in him is released. It seems that the freshly dead serial killer, was in fact an all-around nice guy who probably loved kittens; the heinous murders committed by him were the work of a fallen angel.
The fallen angel, named Azazel, wants to take over Denzel, but it seems Denzel is too pure to succumb easily (by touch) and must be taken when the demon is in spirit form (it sounds dumb and tedious, but is actually played out well in the film).
Murders keep happening, and all signs point to Denzel. John Goodman, being an all-around awesome individual, remains his trusted partner and confidant. Eventually, Denzel figures out the game with the help of a severely unattractive women, and the story moves to resolution.
Denzel figures out how he could kill the fallen angel (???) and puts the plan in motion. Shockingly that plan goes to pot, and the end turns out perfectly.
It's so rare to see a standard film end so beautifully. I honestly can't remember the last time I really enjoyed a story's resolution.
Fallen is a standard "company" film, but I cannot say enough about how they decided to end the film. Wonderful change of pace, and it re-affirms my belief that there are really good films out there. Goodman does an admirable job as the side-kick, and Donald Sutherland makes an appearance. Tony Soprano plays a dirtbag cop, making it that much better. The soundtrack isn't bad either. All-in-all, good film.