Based on Lauren Kate's best selling novel, Fallen has finally begun to reach theaters worldwide — albeit in slow bursts. The movie premiered first in the Philippines last year, then moved on to Brazil and, most recently, Europe. Targeting primarily the young-adult audience, Fallen tells the story of Lucinda Price, a 17-year-old "misunderstood" girl who ends up in Sword and Cross — a boarding school for misfits.
In Fallen, Lucinda begins to remember bits and pieces of what seem to be her past lives, all of which she lived alongside Daniel — a fallen angel who chose his love for Lucinda over God. As with any good romance, the love triangle is completed by Cameron, yet another fallen angel, who is one of the bad guys. Angels, demons, heaven and hell offer the perfect backdrop for a romance for the ages. If you're not familiar with the books, or if you're wondering whether or not to go see it, here are a few tidbits to set the mood for you!
Fallen's Love Triangle
As with any great love story, Lucinda and Daniel have to fight for their love. Also vying for Lucinda's attention is Cameron, a typical bad boy whose intentions are never exactly clear. Although Lucinda and Daniel's love has been a certainty for centuries, this time, Cameron decides to interfere with fate — and win Lucy over for himself.
Lucinda & Daniel's Love Is Attemporal
Since Daniel is an angel (albeit a fallen one), he never ages, but is seemingly frozen in time as he awaits for Lucinda's reincarnations to be born. In fact, it is because of his love for Lucinda (the original Lucinda, anyway) that God banishes him from heaven. Not only that, but Daniel and Lucinda also face a curse from Lucifer himself (talk about being a popular couple!), which causes Luce's death whenever she turns 17, life after life. So, not only does Daniel have to perpetually wait for her, but he also has to see her die over and over again.
'Fallen' Takes Religion For A Spin
The religious mythology is pretty heavily featured in Fallen. The never-ending ambiguity of heaven and hell and good or bad provides a constant backdrop to the events that unfold. There's also the whole issue of reincarnation, and whether or not Lucinda is actually experiencing flashbacks from her previous lives. To put it simply, until Luce actually meets Daniel for the first time, all she has are visions — which cause her life to be far from normal. But, in the moment she sees Daniel, she begins to actually remember all the lives they shared before.
Fallen Is Targeted At A Very Specific Audience
Plain and simple, Fallen isn't for everyone. As with the novels themselves, the target audience is teens and young-adults with a taste for the supernatural. Despite the technically small demographics, Fallen does justice to the genre and to its fandom. It's an honest adaptation, it remains faithful to the source material (which is great, by the way) and it doesn't overindulge in especial effects. It allows the actors to deliver quality performances, with some great dialogue — in spite of some juvenile drama.
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Will 'Fallen' Get a US Release Date?
Although fans in certain countries — including the UK, South Africa and Brazil — can already see Fallen, US fans are still clamoring for a release date. At the moment, there has been no official news about the US release date. Lauren Kate herself is keeping a list of the release dates in various countries on her site; so for now, our best advice to Fallenatics is to keep checking there.
I have to say, I was quite fearful Fallen might turn out to be just another of those terrible adaptations of well-known book franchises that simply fail to please even the not-so-committed fan, but I'm glad to say it's anything but. So, if you like the occasional supernatural romance, then you'll enjoy Fallen through and through.
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