At times confusing, but often disturbing, The Free Fall is a horror movie best watched at night and alone.
|Director(s): Adam Stilwell|
|Screenplay By: Kent Harper|
|Date Released: 1/14/2022|
|Where To Watch: Video On Demand|
|Genre(s): Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Young Adult|
|Duration: 1 Hour 22 Minutes|
|Content Rating: Not Rated|
|Sara: Andrea Londo|
|Julie: Elizabeth Cappuccino|
|Nick: Shawn Ashmore|
Sara is a sweet and vulnerable girl who apparently only has her sister, Julie, to talk to. But with Julie having long left the family home, all Sara has is her parents. That is until a traumatic night leads to her waking up with her parents gone and a man named Nick in her house claiming to be her husband. This is confusing to Sara, alongside learning she attempted to commit suicide, and she spends most of the movie trying to regain her memories and unravel what is going on.
Cast & Character Guide
Please Note: This is not an exhaustive list of every cast member.
Sara is a young woman who loves her parents and doesn’t seem to get out much. Which is perhaps why she seems like the perfect target for the supernatural and people willing to exploit her naivety.
Julie is Sara’s older sister, who has pretty much moved on from being Sara’s everything, and while she maintains contact, she isn’t a consistent physical presence.
Nick presents himself as Sara’s husband after the tragic event that happened on Sara and Julie’s parent’s anniversary. However, there is something off about him.
Other Noteworthy Information
- Reason(s) for Film Rating: Graphic imagery, mutilated animals, suicidal imagery, partial nudity
Question(s) Left Unanswered
- [tooltips keyword=”SPOILER” content=”So after the exorcism, is Sara free now or could Julie be possessed by Nick and the others, and now they will use her in the real world?”]
Quality “What The F***?” Factor
Watching this in the middle of the night may not give you nightmares, but it sets the perfect scene. For as you see these characters move about, giving you strong Rosemary’s Baby vibes, it makes you wonder what’s real and what’s not? What are these visions of a priest, a man with a dead pig’s head? Why did Julie and Sara’s mom [tooltips keyword=”SPOILER” content=”so violently killed their dad than cut her own throat?”]?
In the film, you are given less of a mystery and more of a horror which does rely on shock value, but it never seems to want the story to become secondary to graphic scenes or strange moments. It wants them on par, which feels quite rare.
On The Fence
The Payoff Is Eh
With that said, the ending doesn’t necessarily pop. Considering what Sara goes through, it makes sense, but it creates the kind of ellipsis that makes you glad this isn’t a long movie. Otherwise, you’d be quite frustrated since you don’t get a definitive ending.
Our Rating: Mixed (Divisive)
For an indie movie with a small cast, you have to give props to The Free Fall for being creepy, if not outright disturbing, and presenting the kind of confusing moments which pushes you to think a bit. Now, I wouldn’t say this is a cerebral film at all, but it does make you question Sara’s sanity and what is going on around her. Thus leading to you getting invested and being committed till the end.
On The Radar
- Recommended: Some of the best-seen movies we have ever watched and mentioned to friends, family, and strangers as films that need to be seen.
- Positive (Worth Seeing): Whether you’ll have to go to the movies, download, or stream, movies of this category are worth your time and money with few, if any, qualms from us.
- Mixed (Divisive): Due to this movie having a few quirks, of which may work for some and for others be a problem, we believe your enjoyment of this movie will depend on your taste.
- Negative (Acquired Taste): While one or two elements kept us going until the end, unfortunately, we’re of the opinion this film never reached the potential it was marketed to have.
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