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.
Original Release Date:
- Thomas Pohn
- Fabio Sartor
- John McVay
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"