A survival horror that hooked me, had me on the edge of my seat and had me gripped from start to finish. I bring you my thoughts on this hypertension-inducing affair with this Fall review.
For best friends Becky and Hunter, life is all about conquering fears and pushing limits. However, after they climb 2,000 feet to the top of a remote, abandoned radio tower, they find themselves stranded with no way down. Now, their expert climbing skills are put to the ultimate test as they desperately fight to survive the elements, a lack of supplies, and vertigo-inducing heights.
A survival horror in the same vein as Adam Green’s Frozen and Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours, Fall takes you on an adrenaline-induced ride for its entire duration without relenting once.
For someone who is petrified of heights, Fall grabs me instantly and never lets go as our two thrill seekers set out to climb a 2000-foot radio tower in the middle of nowhere.
Becky (Grace Caroline Currey) and Hunter (Virginia Gardner) decide to climb the tower after Becky loses her husband (Mason Gooding) at the start of the film. This isn’t a spoiler, the trailer pretty much gave away most of the story before this film was even released.
One wrong mistake climbing this tower could be costly and after Becky becomes a recluse after the loss of her husband it’s up to her friend Hunter to bring her out of her depression.
Director Scott Man has me absolutely lapping up the feature from start to finish and this 70-minute thriller absolutely flies by.
The acting is on point with our two lead stars taking centre stage with only a brief cameo from Jeffrey Dean Morgan who plays Becky’s dad being the only other character we see for slightly longer than a brief glimpse.
Fall is a film that absolutely must be seen on the big screen, the high-octane visuals and thrills are blood-pumpingly incredible to witness and with most of the film centred on a small platform at the summit of this radio tower the tension holds you and never lets you get bored at any given second.
By using the natural elements and even the surroundings around them there’s this sense of dread and fear that I rarely experience when watching films.
Movies are an escapism that you know are orchestrated and not real yet watching Fall I was not only terrified for our two leads but I was genuinely struggling to continuously watch the film as the tension (and the stakes) increased.
I was pausing the film at random moments to catch a breather and instantly I appreciated tenfold what I was witnessing during these daunting moments.
It’s not just the sheer terror that befalls our two leads as interpersonal issues drive the story forward as their friendship as well as their ability to survive are pushed to the limits.
The camera work is drool-worthy which is why seeing the movie in cinemas is an absolute must but it’s ever so strange as in the beginning of the movie there’s a very clear green screen in action yet the second we’re introduced to the tower, it’s flawless. You’d think they were climbing the tower for real.
I have absolutely no idea why the introduction was done on the cheap and the rest of the movie looks astounding.
Yes, this film certainly has winks and nods to other survival movies but what Fall has is heart and mine, in particular, was on its last legs after watching this nail-biting affair.
The ending of the film I certainly didn’t see coming and it was ever so cleverly done. There was a subtle hint in the beginning of the movie towards one plot point which I caught onto early but the end I didn’t see coming whatsoever and it was so clever.
70 minutes doesn’t feel like enough time to build characters and draw people into a story but with the help of a 2000-foot radio tower that becomes a character in its own right, this movie delivers.
Fall is a beautiful movie and certainly deserves its place amongst some of the elite survival thriller movies. A simple set-up that is executed with a sniper precision where fear and suspense reach new heights.
You just can’t take your eyes off it, I absolutely recommend you check it out as this high-stakes affair at 2000 feet gets a solid 5-stars from us!
A nail-biting affair and a perfect addition to the survival thriller genre as this movie, unlike many before it, genuinely made me terrified, anxious and jittery about all of the high-octane blood pumping and insane adrenaline-fueled antics that were happening on screen.