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Critic Reviews for Falling
Here it is in theaters for anyone else who dares. If that makes Falling sound hard to watch, it is -- but it's even harder to shake.
An urban thriller so abounding in contempo mood and memorably savage violence that it will be read broadly as Dutcher's farewell to Latter-day Saints cinema.
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Audience Reviews for Falling
A movie about an aspiring mormon filmmaker who falls down an endless spiral of chaos resulting in a loss of faith. While watching the film and knowing that the writer/director/star himself is in fact a mormon, I couldn't help but wonder if this character was a reflection of the artist who wanted to punish himself. A brutally honest movie and an amazing departure from the likes of films like God's Army which I couldn't bring myself to finish.
"Falling" is incredible, exhausting, brutal, devastating, and ultimately very rewarding, and it's one of the most powerful films I've ever seen--a deeply wounded cry caught on film (the opening scene, with Dutcher very literally cursing the heavens, is wrenching, and the film rarely lets up from the relentless anguish, anger, sadness, and searching those opening moments establish); an intense, immediate, and very personal drama that hurtles you into the mind of its central character and keeps you there for 82 minutes (and probably longer); and a fascinating commentary on and dissection of the underbelly of L.A. film culture (it's one of the most interesting films ever to look at the inherent voyeurism of cinema, right up there with Michael Powell's "Peeping Tom" and Hitchcock's "Rear Window"). There are some problems with the film, I think, but they are minor compared to the cinematic storm Dutcher unleashes, asking questions of faith that are hard to answer, making observations about the very structure of moviemaking that are inescapable, and offering a battering emotional experience that is utterly immersive. Dutcher's performance is particularly special--it's incredibly real, and the references to his own life and career give the film a stinging sense of honesty. This is an amazing movie.
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