Since when the hell did BuzzFeed start making movies?
Now I know it seems a little bit hypocritical to call out Buzzfeed for producing movies after The Daily Wire decided to throw its hat into the filmmaking business, but BuzzFeed? Who’s next Kotaku?
The problem with movie concepts like the film “Fall” is that it’s very hard to find ways to sympathize with your protagonist when they’re in a situation that they put themselves in.
Normal people don’t climb entire mountains with minimal safety measures or decide to scale 2000 ft rust-filled radio towers so you can’t sympathize with characters who find themselves at death’s door due to their own dangerous decisions. It’s like trying to feel bad for Johnny Knoxville after he goes one-on-one with a Raging Bull and loses for the 15th time in his life. At a certain point, you know what you’re getting yourself into.
“Fall” is a film about a trio of adrenaline junkies named Becky (Grace Caroline Currey), her husband Dan (Mason Gooding), and her BFF Hunter (Virginia Gardner). One day while scaling a massive mountain Becky watches her husband Dan fall to his death. Nearly two years later, Becky is a depressed alcoholic who hasn’t even begun to get over her husband’s demise.
Her father James (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) tries to help Becky move on but she doesn’t want to listen. Hunter invites Becky to come back out for another climb, this time on a 2000-foot abandoned TV tower. Becky is hesitant after Dan’s death, but then changes her mind and decides not to live in fear. The girls made it to the very top when suddenly the ladder collapses and they are both trapped in the sky with no cell service and no way to alert anyone that they are trapped.
Talk about a film that flew completely under the radar. “Fall” is a movie that only invested 7 million into its production and marketing. “Fall” is a bare-bones movie with a very basic concept, playing off of the audience’s fear of heights the film creates tension undo the threat that one wrong move could be the end for either one of our two leads. Our main actresses Grace and Virginia aren’t going to win any Academy Awards as most of their actions are reactionary to the circumstance they are put in. The overarching theme is grief and learning to move on, however, any real character growth is given the back seat to the dilemma at hand.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan, the most recognizable actor in the film is only in a couple of scenes so anyone expecting him to have a big impact will be disappointed. The film is an overall solid movie, but there isn’t anything that makes it stand out. Unless you don’t mind being distracted by two pretty young women in low-cut shirts for 107 minutes, this is the type of movie that you’ll watch once and won’t go back to see again.
“Fall” is a decent movie to have on your resume, but it’s almost too basic to be anything more than that.