The Falls Release Date: 2003 Genre: Thriller | Drama Director(s): Paul DeNigris Writer(s): Paul DeNigris Staring: David Tully, Diedre Kilgore, Johanna Watts I always smile whenever a movie with box art that suggests a Canadian-made, for-profit-only production turns out to be an engrossing indie that didn’t fall through the cracks. Thanks to Ardustry Entertainment, that […]

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The Falls
Release Date: 2003
Genre: Thriller | Drama
Director(s): Paul DeNigris
Writer(s): Paul DeNigris
Staring: David Tully, Diedre Kilgore, Johanna Watts

I always smile whenever a movie with box art that suggests a Canadian-made, for-profit-only production turns out to be an engrossing indie that didn’t fall through the cracks. Thanks to Ardustry Entertainment, that title to put a smile on my face was The Falls.

Everyday weakling David Marx’s obsession has gone missing. His ex-girlfriend Jennifer Barnes, who he has refused to let go of in the past, disappeared three days before. Naturally he’s a suspect. Interrogated by an unscrupulous cop, who is working for a higher power, Marx’s lack of knowledge leaves him with a few scrapes that stay with him for the rest of the film. In order to prove both his own innocence and rescue his love, Marx begins to go down a noir road in hopes of finding answers. What David doesn’t realize is that forces are playing him, and that the most unlikely suspects are often the guiltiest.

The Falls isn’t just a standard murder mystery without any legs to stand on. Not only does it have a man directing that knows what he’s doing despite this being his first feature, but this is also a production where those behind it truly care about the final product. Paul DeNigris takes what would’ve been just an average noir flick and bumps it up with his visual stylings. There are over 225 visual effects in The Falls, and they’re for the most unlikely of things. DeNigris’ effects man makes the introduction of a character radiant by heightening her hair color, and makes a dreary shot of a monument in front of a lake vivid.

On the downside of things, The Falls features that ending lifted slightly from a certain movie that I will not name as to not spoil it for you. After seeing it twice this year alone I just wasn’t up for a third run. There’s also an argument to be made that certain characters have questionable actions, which will turn some off from the film.

I finally got the opportunity to see the finish product, complete with the score that was missing from my screener copy. As expected, the music is fantastic. DeNigris sent out messages all over the place and gathered a great collection of music from unsigned bands that make add a lot to the film.

DVD: Also included on my final product DVD was the audio commentary with DeNigris. It’s nothing special, and if I wasn’t reviewing the film, I’d probably have turned it off a quarter-way through. There’s also a few deleted scenes and an excellent documentary detailing some post-production struggles. It explains the origin of the film’s narration, which is something that I’ve become kind of neutral towards as a whole over the years.

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