• 17 Dec - 23 Dec, 2022
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Call it a hasty impromptu decision or a strange distraction; the thrill seekers decide to get at the top of an old abandoned 2,000-foot radio tower without thinking it through. While the dangerous climb has its share of challenges, the actual nightmare begins when the two find themselves stranded on top with nowhere to go. Can they make it back?

If you fail to prepare, you are preparing to fail. Seasoned climbers not inspecting the rusty tower they wish to scale or not being well equipped with a proper survival kit before embarking on their Vlogging expedition is hard to believe. However, logical liberties aside, ‘Fall’ is a terrifying survival thriller that leaves you gasping for breath. It’s transportive and atmospheric. You don’t want to look down once the story moves atop the tower and deliberately stays there much to your discomfort. The relentless mounting of tension plays with your mind. Expect goosebumps to last throughout as the nail-biting series of events never release you from their unnerving stranglehold. Director Scott Mann and his co-writer Jonathan Frank don’t allow you even a moment of respite. There’s absolutely no escape as every scene feels like a ticking time bomb, a disaster waiting to happen.

The film works for more reasons than one. It goes beyond the usual tropes and jump scares to also make a social and psychological commentary on the ‘clickbait’ culture. What lies beneath the superficial happy personas of YouTubers and gen-Z? The narrative digs deeper and captures the fear and anxieties that don’t make it to surface easily. The conversation between the two friends has meaning and it embodies their state of mind and situation. The cinematography and setting escalate the tension splendidly.

This one’s a solid attempt at unsettling you. You will want to shut your eyes several times fearing a nasty fall. Barring adrenaline junkies like Tom Cruise, ‘Fall’ is not for the faint-hearted and those with vertigo. If you like your thrillers to have heart pounding intensity, this film is a winner and deserves a theatrical viewing.