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At Theaters: 1/16/1998 On Video: 6/16/1998
Rated: R Length: 2 hr. 04 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 019805
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.
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Decorated homicide detective John Hobbes and his partner, Jonesy, have apprehended a demonic serial killer, been present at the killer's trial and witnessed his execution. Now, the pair is suddenly confronted with a new series of slayings committed in the late killer's same peculiar style.

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Thriller - FALLEN is a little like SEVEN or SILENCE OF THE LAMBS crossed with THE PROPHECY.  It's likely to appeal to anyone who likes serial killer films or horror movies that are more about supernatural scares than gore.  Plus, it won't hurt at the box office that popular actor Denzel Washington is playing the hero (although this is not one of his better roles).
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Cast and Crew Heading
Denzel Washington (The Preacher's Wife)
John Goodman (The Flintstones)
Donald Sutherland (A Time To Kill)
Gregory Hoblit (Primal Fear)
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About The Production
About The Characters
About The Locations
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PROFANITY: Extreme and occasional.
SEX/NUDITY: No sex.  One scene with brief, rear male nudity.
VIOLENCE: Frequent and occasionally graphic.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Occasional smoking.
ACTION: Some.
COMEDY: None
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FALLEN's plot is brimming with potential, not all of which is realized. Somehow, I would have expected a more frightening tale to emerge from something with this kind of premise.  But the level of terror, like that of gore, is kept in check.  Nevertheless, there are several creepily effective scenes as the spirit of a demon moves from host body to host body when people bump against each other on crowded city sidewalks.  Despite some negatives, I'm still recommending FALLEN on the strength of its complex plot and especially its ending, which I loved.  The final scenes are startling, audacious, and unexpected.  This is not a great motion picture, but, considering how bad most January releases are, it's a reasonably entertaining way to spend two hours.
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Based on an Exit Polling of 179 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
21
About 50/50
76%%
13-19Teens (F)
18
Fairly High
83%%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
34
Fairly High
91%%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
38
About 50/50
76%%
30+Adults (M)
30
About 50/50
70%%
30+Adults (F)
38
About 50/50
76%%
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D ETAILED S TORYLINE

Evil comes in all shapes and sizes. Faceless, limitlessly powerful and ever-present. It has flourished throughout the ages with one defining goal, one reason for its existence: to create chaos from the destruction of good.

Decorated homicide detective John Hobbes (DENZEL WASHINGTON) and his partner, Jonesy (JOHN GOODMAN), have apprehended a demonic serial killer, been present at the killer's trial and witnessed his execution.

Now, the pair is suddenly confronted with a new series of slayings committed in the late killer's same peculiar style. Lieutenant Stanton (DONALD SUTHERLAND), the detectives' superior, is unsure whether these new murders are the work of a copycat or a rogue cop. When continuing police investigation uncovers circumstantial evidence implicating Hobbes in the killings, the detective is drawn deep into a baffling mystery that leads him to a theology professor (EMBETH DAVIDTZ), whose knowledge of the supernatural issues involved in the case prove crucial. Hobbes' investigation forces the detective to question his beliefs about the forces of light and darkness and brings him face to face with one overwhelming truth: pure evil is eternal and knows no bounds.

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