Has Fallen (7/10)
film is a blatant ripoff of the Bruce Willis Die Hard movies that
pit one-man against enormous numbers of people to save the world as we
know it. Even if it is hopelessly duplicative and basically
unbelievable, and even though Gerard Butler is no Bruce Willis, director
Antoine Fuqua takes the original story by first timers Creighton
Rothenberg and Katrin Benedikt and creates an action film that is, well,
full of action.
another film where millions of bullets are shot, sprayed all over the
place, killing everyone inside but our hero Gerard. Despite the low odds
against anyone surviving all the bullets shot at him, Gerard is the star
and he perseveres.
cast is replete with big names, Aaron Eckhardt, Oscarģ winners Morgan
Freeman and Angela Bassett, Robert Forster, Ashley Judd, Melissa Leo,
and Dylan McDermott. But this film is not about acting. Itís about
blowing up the White House, killing everyone in sight, and generally
causing as much mayhem as possible.
performance that stood out was that by Radha Mitchell, who is so little
prized by the producers that she isnít even listed in the cast published
on IMDB. But she gives a terrific performance as Butlerís wife. Mitchell
is as beautiful as anyone in Hollywood and itís always amazed me that
she hasnít been able to get more roles. Maybe this will help her because
her performance certainly stands out above the others, most of which are
little more than cameos since all the screen time belongs to Butler.
movie stands for anything, though, itís that music can make a mediocre
movie entertaining. The score by Trevor Morris is award-quality. But the
director and producers are so tone deaf about what makes a movie work
that they donít single Morris out for credit in the production notes
that are handed out to critics. His name was buried in the credits that
you see rolling at the end of the film. Morris has worked mostly in TV,
producing scores for TV shows like The Firm, an underappreciated
thriller that depended quite a bit on the music to enhance the tension.
Unfortunately, it was not renewed after one season. The score Morris
wrote for this film allows it to rise above the mundane.
to the score are the sound effects (Mandell Winter & David Esparza). I
saw this in a small screening room and the room shook at times with the
explosions, and even when a jet flew over. Whether that was because of
the small room and it wouldnít be reflected in a theater, I donít know.
isnít a movie thatís going to live in anyoneís memory, but itís still an