Stephen Berkman
Owen Gleiberman
May 16, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Fall

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
116 minutes
seasons
2
Limited Release Date
05/09/08
performer
Catinca Untaru, Lee Pace
director
Tarsem Singh
author
Dan Gilroy, Nico Soultanakis
genre
Sci-fi and Fantasy, ActionAdventure

We gave it a D+

Tarsem, director of the indelible ”Losing My Religion” video, made his entrée into feature film with the grandly horrific The Cell, but his new film The Fall is one of those cloddish, inert vanity projects that’s dotted with striking visuals yet almost impossible to sit through. In the 1930s, a girl in a hospital hears a tale of multiethnic crime fighters — a story scattered to the point of incoherence. The images, shot in exotic locations around the world, include an orange desert, a blue city, and a theater that looks like an M.C. Escher print. They would all make great album covers. D+

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