"Fallen" Sleepers Creepers Pick Up the Plot Already; There' a Demon on the Loose!
Gire, Dann, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Dann Gire Daily Herald Film Critic
Written by Nicholas Kazan. Produced by Charles Roven and Dawn Steel. Directed by Gregory Hoblit. A Paramount Pictures release. Rated R (violence). Running time: 124 minutes.
John Hobbes Denzel Washington Jonesy John Goodman Lt. Stanton Donald Sutherland Gretta Milano Embeth Davidtz
With Robert Joy, Elias Koteas and James Gandolfini.
"I love the night," Detective John Hobbes waxes as he walks along a street at night. "I love the street. I love the smells. ... Sometimes you come face to face with yourself!"
Other times, you come face to face with the ancient demon Azale, only you might not know it because that crafty Azale could be inhabiting the body of the person standing right next to you!
The supernatural crime tale "Fallen" combines the moody nihilism of "Seven" with the multiple-villain plot device of "The Hidden" and "Shocker."
This horror tale boasts two inspired sequences guaranteed to give audiences the creeps, plus a sly plot twist worthy of an O. Henry story.
But director Gregory Hoblit can't goose a horror film into high gear when he needs to, so "Fallen" lumbers along like a drunken sailor, staggering here and tripping there while flailing about.
Denzel Washington stars as John Hobbes, a decorated police detective on his most challenging case. A series of murders has occurred, and each victim has been killed by somebody who then becomes the next victim.
Hobbes eventually realizes that Reese (Elias Koteas), the serial killer he captured and sent to the gas chamber, had been acting on orders from a demon called Azale, and that this evil entity can only exist by inhabiting the body of a living host.
While in the police station, Azale displays his power by invading one of Hobbes' fellow cops so he can sing the Rolling Stone song "Time is on My Side," the exact same tune that Reese sang as he sucked on poison gas! …