7.02 h 4 min1998X-RayR
After a disturbing death-row talk with a convicted serial killer, a detective is slowly convinced that a new series of murders is being committed by a supernatural spirit. Will he become a suspect?
Gregory Hoblit
Denzel WashingtonJohn GoodmanDonald Sutherland
English [CC]
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Embeth DavidtzJames GandolfiniElias KoteasGabriel CasseusMichael J. PaganRobert JoyBill Clark
Charles RovenDawn Steel
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SOLDIEROFYHVHReviewed in the United States on February 19, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Hollywood muses telling truths in plain sight
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Contemporary movies are garbage because there is little to no magic in them. The muse is absent from Hollywood in the age of rush-and make-a-movie-for-fame-and-money-and-social-media-stats! Most people watch movies because they believe what they are watching is a fictitious and abstract concept, so it allows them to escape reality for an hour or two.

Many old Hollywood scripts were inspired by muses on another level of existence. Orson Wells spoke of the 'accident' during the creative process. Well, those accidents are what make a movie so real or believable, but you can't tell simple humans who are always trying to escape the truth anything, because those types of humans, don't want to believe that something like Fallen is real, not Hollywood fiction.

Dreamers and pragmatists watch Fallen and feel some type of way complaining that its message is dark and doesn't support the fairytale that good triumphs over evil! I mean, Christians should know that Fallen is truth and the facts are all around. Look how violent and immoral things are, and were prophesied to be. Who do you think is spreading all of this evil via entertainment and the internet so that 2nd Tim 3 can be fuelled? Oh, I know! That 'prophecy stuff' is fictitious too, huh? Pfffttt...

For people like me, Fallen is a classroom, kind of like when you're in school and the teacher has the classroom watch a movie or read a play. My teachers are angels, and my assignment was to re-watch Fallen! I also watch movies like the Fallen to see if a divine muse was behind the scriptwriting process. I just re-watched Revelation (Romulus FIlms) after 11 years, only to find that I have been living that movie to the tee for the last ten years!!! To other people, Revelation is a cheesy B-flick movie with no substance. But I'm quite illuminated, not asleep or programmed by the world like sheeple! Movies like The Avengers and Wonder Woman are corny and semi-fictitious, not to mention boring, and are all science/tech and very little magic!! You want to see magic in a movie, watch Raiders of the Lost Arc or the Indiana Jones with Sean Connery!

If you can watch Fallen while saying to yourself, "this could be real," you might enjoy it a bit more than you'd think. If you watch Fallen with the mindset that what you are watching is real and is happening, especially if you claim to be 'Christian,' Fallen will take on a whole other dimension and will become your classroom too! Be not forgetful...
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ProfessorReviewed in the United States on September 26, 2019
2.0 out of 5 stars
1 1/2 stars: Highly depressing (SPOILER ALERT)
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There's plenty of evil in the world, and what gives us hope is the fact that sometimes, good triumphs over it.

So why would we want to be "entertained" by a film in which evil wins? I'm not saying every film has to have a happy ending, but this film needs one badly, and we don't get it.

I walked away from this film with a bad taste in my mouth. It borrows from the paranoia of _Invasion of the Body Snatchers_, also from a half dozen "good vs. evil," "angels vs. demons," God Vs. Satan" movies.

The story line is interesting enough to keep you watching, and Denzel Washington turns in a typically solid performance, but the overall conclusion is just bleak. We want the good guys to win!!! And it doesn't happen.

I enjoy dark, noir films, but many of them have some element of redemption. Not this one.

If you like the idea of Satan being glorified, there is something wrong with you.
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Lt. Frank BullittReviewed in the United States on August 23, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Why is there a space between Lyons and Spakowski?
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Not many people know about this movie. I've had the DVD for years and upgraded to the Blu-Ray recently. It's worth the upgrade since the DVD wasn't that great of a transfer.

There are some good performances in here and it's genuinely thrilling. This is so much better than most of what passes for thriller/horror these days. I'm not sure why it wasn't a bigger hit, but who cares. Do yourself a favor and ditch the DVD for the Blu-Ray.
42 people found this helpful
James WalzelReviewed in the United States on July 24, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Suspenseful Thrill Ride
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I found the premise of trying to stop a demon who lives in this world and moves by touch especially intriguing. I enjoyed the suspense and thrilling aspect of the film.

I do think it is a bit of a plot-driven narrative and the characterization could be expanded and developed more. Still, the thrill ride is there and will keep you perched on the seat's edge. Denzel is poised and on beat as usual. I have yet to see a film of his that I didn't like. Pacing is done well, good cinematography, and nice tie-ins and a twist or two. I've watched this film several times over the years and I always enjoy it!
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on April 20, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Denzel hunts for a killer & becomes hunted by a demon
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I thought I knew most of Denzel Washington’s work, but I’d never heard of The Fallen. Washington plays Philadelphia Detective John Hobbes who becomes involved in a series of murders that are connected to the occult.

The theme is laid out at the beginning of the movie. A serial killer named Edgar Reese (Elias Koteas) who Detective Hobbes caught is executed. Right afterward Hobbes comes across another murder that is linked to Hobbes. It turns out Reese was possessed by a demon which was released upon his death and takes over one person after another to continue his work. Not only that but the demon has a grudge against Hobbes so he constantly calls him and taunts him with new murders. The film eventually becomes like a haunting as the demon follows Hobbes around seeking revenge.

The movie is really good. Denzel begins hunting for the killer but becomes the hunted himself. The twist at the end is devilish as well. Surprised I didn’t know about The Fallen, but now glad that I’ve watched it.
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Steve_MReviewed in the United States on December 2, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Very enjoyable supernatural thriller.
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I received a copy of this as a gift some time ago and would not have thought to watch it otherwise. I'm glad I did, however, because it turned out to be a really good film. I later had to get the Blu-Ray because I always like to get the best version of a movie when I can.

The story is pretty good. Denzel Washington stars as a police detective who helped put a serial killer in the gas chamber only to discover that the real perpetrator was a Fallen Angel known as Azazel who was inhabiting the killer's body. It then becomes more of a supernatural thriller as Denzel's character is basically stalked and toyed with by a being who can literally be anywhere and anybody as he can jump from body to body with merely a touch. Washington really does give a good performance as always and he really does well as a detective who is thrown into a very unusual situation and has to figure a way to get out of it. John Goodman, Embeth Davidtz and Donald Sutherland also have supporting roles in this picture and give fine performances as well. There is a good twist ending, but I'll leave that to you to watch the movie and find out what it is.

Blu-Ray release is good. Really good picture and sound. The special features are a little bare-boned, however, as there's just a trailer and the usual scene-selection and language features.

Overall, a really good movie for fans of Denzel Washington, mysteries and supernatural thrillers.
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Matthew DeVayReviewed in the United States on September 24, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
I love this movie
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I love this movie. Young Denzel Washington? Yes please! The acting is great, the premise is unique, the plot rapidly picks up pace. Great performances from an all star cast in challenging roles. Dialogue is not stilted or forced. Cinematography is only so-so - definitely not the prettiest movie I have ever seen. One of the few suspense movies that doesn't rely on overstated violence to keep the audience on the edge of their seats. And even though the plot is somewhat predictable, the ending will quite possibly leave you sleepless.
8 people found this helpful
Todd M.Reviewed in the United States on March 1, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
The theme is horror but it’s very light on the horror part.
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I’d say it’s much more a physiological thriller than horror but whatever you call it it’s a Denzel movie and without him in the lead it would likely fall flat. I’m surprised it took me so long to get around to watching a 1998 movie but it must be because it was a pay when I looked at it before and now it’s included in my Starz subscription. There’s really not much to it and though people die it’s not shown on screen so that diminishes it as a horror but it is about possession by a demon and the ending was not a disappointment.
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