Review: Before I Fall

Before I Fall

Before I Fall

Genre: Drama, Mystery
Duration: 98 Minutes
Language: English
India Release Date: 17-MAR-2017
Pick-D-Flick Rating: 3.5 on 5 (Conceptual Drama mixed with the Sci-Fi quality of Looped Time)

Plot:
What if you had only one day to change absolutely everything? Samantha Kingston has it all: the perfect friends, the perfect guy, and a seemingly perfect future. Then, everything changes. After one fateful night, Sam wakes up with no future at all. Trapped reliving the same day over and over she begins to question just how perfect her life really was. And as she begins to untangle the mystery of a life suddenly derailed, she must also unwind the secrets of the people closest to her, and discover the power of a single day to make a difference, not just in her own life, but in the lives of those around her – before she runs out of time for good.

Overall Review:
Directed by Ry Russo-Young and scripted by Maria Maggenti, “Before I Fall” is a mystery-drama film based on the popular 2010 novel of the same name by Lauren Oliver. Film is a nice refreshing taste on the teenage drama genre & seems to be a culmination of many movies brought into one story, with a creative use of the time-looping theme to explore lots of avenues that are missed in movies these days. This well-acted young-adult adaptation explores powerful themes about making second chances count and seeing beyond the superficial to what really matters. Director Ry Russo-Young creates a soft atmosphere of glowing lighting and precipitation with concept of reincarnation that’s fascinating (A Buddhist-style education of betterment, learning about the value of kindness and the troubles of others, trying to make oneself a stronger human with every morning wake-up). Films starts slow and takes too much time to build main characters but it ends with a brave conclusion. Film understands its target audience, with the story touching on life and death. Zoey Deutch and the rest of the actors do a really good job portraying the various characters. Those looking to enjoy 90 minutes of eye candy will get their fill as Zoey Deutch and her teenage friends fill the camera with their flare. All in all, “Before I Fall” is more drama mixed with the Sci-Fi quality of looped time.

Performance & Technical Review:
Zoey Deutch manages to embody the teen mindset of this unbelievable scenario. Her performance conveys marked changes in Samantha’s personality and attitude with each new day. Even though some of the changes are cliched and predictable, Deutch proves her ability of carrying a film in her first substantial lead role. The rest of the cast seem to be intentionally painted as one dimensional, even though their stories are granted new layers with each passing day. Russo-Young keeps the focus on the protagonist and her development, which unfortunately lead to some anemic plot points and unnecessary distractions. She never truly spirals into the despair that would be expected, just one rebellious day and then onto a weak conclusion. Nice smooth camera work. Interesting angles and close-ups when needed. Sets and backdrop are very believable and added to the overall theme of the movie.

PDF Verdict:
“What if you lived the same day over and over again? What would you do?”; With a strong lead performance from Zoey Deutch, “Before I Fall” is a well adapted novel that works in good message of treating everyone with kindness and respect, for nobody knows how long life will last (Perfection in life can be achieved only with Repetition & Omniscience).

Pick-D-Flick Rating: 3.5 on 5 (Conceptual Drama mixed with the Sci-Fi quality of Looped Time)
Performance: 3.5 on 5
Script: 3 on 5
Music / Background Score: 3.5 on 5
Production Designs: 3.5 on 5

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