Falling is a simple story, told by a strong cast that make you feel for their predicament. However, a repetitive nature makes it indistinguishable from the raft of independent movies on the same subject.
Ultimately, this grueling, overlong picture - think a chamber piece but with multiple characters and locations - never zeroes in on what it wants us to think or feel about Willis or John. But if it's sympathy, it doesn't get there.
Mortensen draws on his experience as a committed, collaborative actor of intense emotional truth and deep research for his powerhouse late-career directing debut. The result is a visceral and urgent drama.