Friday, January 02, 2009

The Fall

A new review from Movie Man Mike

The Fall. A-.
I happened to pick up this rental over the holidays and saw that Roger Ebert called it "magnificent." Okay, he also said that the latest installment of The Mummy series was the best in the series, but he sure got that wrong. I rented The Fall, and boy was I glad I did. I would add to Ebert's description and call it captivating and mesmerizing. This movie stars emerging actor Lee Pace (Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, Pushing Daisies) who plays a movie stunt man who has been injured on the set of a movie. He befriends a young girl, Alexandria, who is the daughter of migrant immigrant workers in Southern California. Alexandria is also in the hospital because she broke her arm picking fruit in the orchards with her family. Pace as Roy Walker, is a master story-teller for Alexandria but the story he weaves becomes reflective of his own experiences and struggles. In the broader context, this film is about the relationship that develops between the girl and the young man and how they wind up helping each other. Be sure to put this one on your netflicks list.


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