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Issue: Spring 2013

Fallen movie review

I want to tell you about the time I almost died.

When John Hobbes (Denzel Washington) sees a convicted killer put to death he believes he has justly ended a murderous series, but after the execution the murders start up again. Has he put the wrong man in jail, or is something else happening?

Time is on my side.

This film starts out as a moody crime thriller, but quickly takes a step into the supernatural.

When does a cop have to step outside the law to achieve justice? What about saving the world?

Movie poster, Fallen; Festivale film review

Movie poster, Fallen
Don't trust a soul.

This is a horror film, not gorey, not given to sudden screaming effects, but instead moody, well-paced and scary.

No one is safe.

Some things you should never know. And if you know, you should never, ever tell.

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by Ali Kayn
Australian release 19 March 1998
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See also: Denzel Washington (Inside Man, The Taking of Pelham 123, Heart Condition, John Q, Out of Time, Devil in a Blue Dress, The Hurricane, Remember the Titans, Deja Vu); John Goodman (Always)

Just the facts:

Title: Fallen (1998)
Written by: Nicholas Kazan
Directed by: Gregory Hoblit
running time: 124 min
rating: M

The Players: Denzel Washington, John Goodman, Donald Sutherland, Embeth Davidtz, James Gandolfini

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