by Scott Hicks. Fallen based off of the novel by Lauren Kate tries to be the newest young adult novel turned film on the scene. We follow a troubled teenage girl named Lucinda who is sent to a prep school full of other troubled youths after she had an incident involving a boy in her old school. She is plagued by seeing shadows and feels a constant pull to a boy named Daniel.
She makes a new friend Penn who is very smart and unlike all the other students not troubled just wanted to get away from parents who didn’t care along with growing feelings for a dangerous boy named Cam. Taking a religious history class taught by actress Joely Richardson is forcing more shadows and memories to flood Lucinda’s mind, but all these memories are in other times and Daniel is always there. Learning about the fallen angels after the battle between heaven and hell, we learn that Daniel is actually one of them and that their love story has carried over time stuck in the middle of this pull between heaven and hell. Having not read the book series this film is based on, I can only judge from the story this film looks like it is trying to tell. The idea of fallen angels and a love through the era’s story is very appealing but the film is a utter let down. I know it was plagued by production issues. It was filmed back in 2014, supposed to be released in 2015, was released in Asia in 2016 and now in the US and you can see it in the final product. The romance triangle between Lucinda, Cam and Daniel was very underplayed. Everything felt so rushed. The importance of this choice that Daniel has to make as a Fallen also just feels so meh. I don’t feel it was that poorly acted, her friend played by Lola Kirke (Motzart in the Jungle) is probably the best performance though. I think this flop can be attributed more to a production company and creative team that couldn’t grasp what they were doing and then just neglected it.