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There is plenty of imminent danger to provide a gripping narrative.
In "Before the Fall," Ale(Victor Clavilo) is a grown man who lives at home with his mother Rosa(Mariana Cordero). Otherwise, he works as a handyman, like fixing the television at the bar. And then almost wishes he hadn't when there is a news flash about a giant asteroid on its way to earth. At first there is hope but that is gone when Bruce Willis is not available. So, the authorities wish everybody luck with the rest of their lives which should be about 82 hours. As everybody heads in the direction of the mountains for shelter, Rosa drags her son in the other direction, citing a long forgotten threat to her other son's family while not informing them exactly what is up.
To its credit, "Before the Fall" gets off to a fine start and ends with a nice moment, with its bleached out photography giving it a unique look. However, in between, along with its tale of disaster, the movie also references "High Noon," a serial killer and Hitchcock's films, proving that it is never too late for cliches or to work out one's issues. Honestly, there is no chance of being concerned for the characters' safety if they are doomed anyway. Even then, there is one chance that the movie could have worked and that is if it was told entirely from the children's point of view, heightening the mystery and suspense dramatically. After all, Ale is not really that interesting a character.
I thought this movie was VERY cool! And the cinematography was awesome. It was suspenseful. Gritty. Everything I love in a movie. And most definitely not at all what I expected. I thought I was gonna be watching another doomsday movie, and it was sooooo much more.
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