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 (Not Rated)
Brand: Anthem Pictures
Manufacturer: The Fallen Inc.
Original Release Date:
- Thomas Pohn
- Fabio Sartor
- John McVay
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
It's not that bad. For serious WWII buffs, it's worth the buy...,
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
a different kind of war drama,
This review is from: The Fallen (Amazon Video)
Refreshing divergence from Hollywood style maximum pyrotechnics war movies. This was a drama, not an action movie. This movie was quite ambitious in the way it tried to flesh out characters from so many different cultural groups, something I never saw in a war movie before (maybe I just never watched enough of them, though). The costuming and props were convincing to a person (myself) who does not make a hobby of learning the detail of this time period. This was a low budget movie, obviously, but rather well done. The actors put themselves into their characters. Attention was paid to including realistic detail, for example, there was that scene where two soldiers struggled to get a cigarette lit in the wind. That would never have been shown in a cosmetically correct Hollywood glossovers. More and more we find ourselves watching foreign movies to get levels of intelligent detail complexity no longer found in increasingly simpleton Hollywood fare.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Well made for an Indie film, but the story is cartoonish and depressing.,
This review is from: The Fallen (Amazon Video)
Well made for an Indie film, but the story is cartoonish and depressing. Some pathetic Italian soldiers fight some pathetic American soldiers. There's also some brave Italian partisan soldiers, some pathetic Italian mafia guys, and some disciplined Germans tasked to conquer under pathetic conditions.
Yes, there's pathetic people in the world, but I don't enjoy watching their lives. The pathetic soldiers here were so pathetic it seemed cartoonish--if there were many like that in WWII, the movie didn't make a convincing case for it.
I gave up on this movie about 3/4 of the way through it.
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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"