Published on November 10th, 2009 | by Chris0
The Fallen (2004)
Sitting here trying to figure out what to write about 2004's The Fallen. Honestly, I can't come up with an awful lot. What you get here is some eh, alright-to-fair acting by a group of relative unknowns, in a picture that attempts to (I think) pay tribute to soldiers on three sides of WWII in Europe, the Germans, the Italians, and the Americans.
Sure its a gritty, somewhat hardcore look at life in the trenches. Points for production value all around for sure. The mud and pain and blood.... There's no denying that it wasn't easy, no matter which side you were on. We're also witness to the difficulties of life in a fighting unit, from the Italians trying to vie with their "allies" the Germans for food, or the American supply unit getting caught up with the infantry on the line during an attack... Nothing is clear cut, nothing is black and white.
And that's kind of the problem with The Fallen. Which side should we be rooting for here? The American QM unit trying desperately to stay out of the fight and accomplish their mission without actual combat? The Italians caught between their countrymen Partisans and their "alliance" with the Germans, in a sort of moral no mans land? Or the Germans themselves, faced with attrition, fatigue, and eventual destruction?
Yeah, there really isn't a bright side to the film. In the end, pretty much everyone dies that you've followed throughout. Art imitating life? Probably to some extent, but it makes for a most depressing outcome.
Speaking of the outcome, the ending is awfully abrupt, but I think it does get the point across. War sucks. Everyone dies under shitty conditions and nobody has any fun. Just for that I'm giving you points, and a still-on-the-fence, "I sorta liked it" 6/10.
Is it supposed to be a tribute to "The Fallen" on all sides? I'm not sure. You be the judge. Viewed via my trusty Netflix/Roku combination with adequate results. I was only getting 3/4 "dots" so it was a little rough around the edges...
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This DVD of the Fallen has the original Making Of Documentary that is not included in the more recent versions of the film.
DVD InformationBinding: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Audience Rating: Unrated
Brand: Anthem Pictures
Manufacturer: The Fallen Inc.
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- Thomas Pohn
- Fabio Sartor
- John McVay
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Very ambtious indy film,
This review is from: The Fallen (DVD)the Fallen is a film I never thought could be made, a WW 2 independent film. A small budget period war movie? Exactly, but this one had high hopes and was very ambitious without trying to be an action driven film. The problems with this film wasn't the production or the look of the film. The Idea was pretty cool, a story told from three different perspectives. One told from the Germans, one told from the American side and one told from the Italian side, and you can add another side which was the Italians that fought on the side of the Germans.
I liked the concept and how the actors spoke in their native tongue. All these things would have worked better if the characters were a bit more fleshed out. In any war film you know someone is going to get shot, blown up before it's all said and done. When you don't really care or feel connected to any of the characters than your really not going to get the full war movie experience. The story was paced slow with brief... Read more
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
It's not that bad. For serious WWII buffs, it's worth the buy...,
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This review is from: The Fallen (DVD)As others have said, this isn't Saving Private Ryan by any stretch of the imagination, but it's not as bad as some reviewers have stated. Looking at their other reviews, it looks like many of them are younger guys who ususally buy sci-fi flicks or electronics. If you're into stuff like Halo 3, I can see where you might find this movie boring.
I'm a WWII reenactor and collector of military vehicles. I have relatives who were in the Luftwaffe during the war, so the era of the Third Reich has always been a big field of study for me. I've collected militaria, primarily WWII uniforms and weapons, for thirty-five years, so that's who I am. Now, on to the movie.
Yes, this is a low budget movie and it reflects that. The story line could definitely have been better, the soundtrack could have been MUCH better, and the special effects are not overly impressive - as one person stated, the small charges they used to simulate bullet hits are downright explosive... Read more
23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Very Good for a low budget movie,
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This review is from: The Fallen (DVD)
The Fallen was very good for a low budget movie. It focuses on the0
fragile relationship between an Italian unit and German Unit on the
Gothic Line. It is a little confusing to follow the plot in the
beginning but once the movie got going I could not walk away from it.
The equipment and uniforms were correct and the acting was very good
(For the struggling actors in this movie they really put there all
into it. Watch the making of the fallen, none of the actors are not
professionals so they have regular jobs. One actor is even a
professional dog walker in real life and another works in a deli. The
acting they do in this movie is definitely on a professional caliber).
The fallen is a definite must see.
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Summary: I think it does get the point across. War sucks. Everyone dies under shitty conditions and nobody has any fun. Just for that I'm giving you points, and a still-on-the-fence, "I sorta liked it"