It’s about time I took a look at a few Denzel Washington films so how about a supernatural thriller from the nineties? Without further ado here’s my Fallen (1998) Blu-ray Review.
- Fallen (1998)
- Genre: Supernatural Thriller
- Directed by Gregory Hoblit
- Running Time: 124 Mins
- UK Rating 15
- Discs: 1
- Released By Warner Bros
- Blu-ray Released: N/A
Denzel Washington plays Philadelphia Police Detective John Hobbes a man responsible for the capture of serial killer Edgar Reese. He attends his execution and speaks with him one last time. Reese grabs his hand and speaks in a language unfamiliar to Hobbs. The death sentence is carried out but following his death a demon possessing him simply moves into another unsuspecting victim and John Hobbs is about to realise that he can’t simply arrest a demon that can move into any person simply be touching them.
Style / Direction
The film is directed by Gregory Hoblit with the cinematography handled by Newton Thomas Sigel. This is a supernatural thriller that revolves around a demon entering and possessing people merely by touching them. In order to give the audience that feeling of being watched and as to which person the demon is currently in the filmmakers use a slightly different camera effect that alters and distorts the image making it easier for the viewer to follow.
Music / Audio Effects
The music is composed by Tan Dun and works very well to create a dark and foreboding atmosphere.
Acting / Characters
First off a look at the cast listed below should tell you this should be a well acted thriller and I can confirm that to be the case. Denzel Washington takes the lead as Detective John Hobbes and is tasked with bringing a demon to justice. Not an easy job I can tell you. The supporting cast of John Goodman, Donald Sutherland and James Gandolfini really add weight and vastly improve the overall quality of the film.
Make no mistake though this is very much Denzel Washington’s film and he excels as a good guy cop that realises the usual rules simply don’t apply when dealing with a demon that is in essence a serial killer that can jump into different bodies simply by touch.
- Denzel Washington as Detective John Hobbes
- John Goodman as Detective Jonesy
- Donald Sutherland as Lt. Stanton
- Embeth Davidtz as Gretta Milano
- James Gandolfini as Lou
- Elias Koteas as Edgar Reese
- Gabriel Casseus as Art Hobbes
- Michael J. Pagan as Sam Hobbes
- Robert Joy as Charles Olom
Conclusion – Fallen (1998) Film Review
Fallen is an exceptionally well made and well told supernatural thriller in which Denzel Washington excels. Add this film to your must see list.
If you enjoyed my Fallen Blu-ray Review so far you may want to check out the following films:
- House of Mortal Sin (1976)
- The Old Dark House (1932)
- A Candle For The Devil (1973)
- The Mummy’s Shroud (1967)
Fallen Blu-ray Review
Thankfully the picture quality is flawless but then again this is a Warner Bros release and they usually are. There’s not much on the extras front other than an audio commentary and film trailer, so pretty basic stuff. That said I can forgive that as the image clarity is first class.
- Audio Commentary
- Theatrical Trailer
On to my movie rating for Fallen (1998)
- Movie Rating: MUST SEE
- Blu-ray Picture: EXCELLENT
- Extras: BASIC
Fallen (1998) is available now on Blu-ray.
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Fallen (1998) Blu-ray Review
Director(s): Gregory Hoblit
Actor(s): Denzel Washington, John Goodman, Donald Sutherland, Embeth Davidtz, James Gandolfini, Elias Koteas, Gabriel Casseus, Michael J. Pagan, Robert Joy
Genre: Supernatural, Thriller
- Movie Rating
- Blu-ray Picture Rating
An exceptionally well made and well told supernatural thriller in which Denzel Washington excels.
- Denzel Washington
- Supernatural Thriller
- Well Made
- Lacking in Extra Features