Fallen: Twilight meets City of Angels

As soon as I saw the trailer for Fallen, I knew I had to watch this film. There’s just something about angels and demons warring over love that screams epic romance. This fantasy love story has managed to fill the gaping hole that has been left in my heart by the series finale of The Vampire Diaries. I am not ashamed to say: I enjoyed the hell out of this film (no pun intended).


What’s it about? Fallen is based on the fantasy book series by Lauren Kate. It’s the first of four volumes about a forbidden love between fallen angel Daniel and Luce, a human girl whose fate might decide the war in heaven.

What’s it really about? Love is both a blessing and a curse.

As soon as I saw the trailer for Fallen on YouTube, I knew I had to watch this film. I was intrigued when I first came across the novels at the book shop, but I never have time to read anymore. So the film adaptation is very convenient for me.

On a rainy Saturday night at 11pm, the mood was finally set and I threw myself into a world of fallen angels and jealous devils. And I am not ashamed to say that I enjoyed the hell out of this film. Here’s a quick run-down of who it might be suitable for.

Pick if:

  • You just can’t get enough of supernatural romances like Shadowhunters, Twilight, or The Vampire Diaries
  • You had a rough day / week and just want to take your mind off everything that’s been bothering you: Fallen is the movie equivalent of a beach read. It will pull you in and not let go for 90 minutes
  • You’ve always been fascinated by the story of the war in heaven: Fallen mixes the mythology of Lucifer’s fall from heaven with elements of Romeo and Juliet
  • You like films that are set at boarding schools: “Sword and Cross” is housed in your typical castle-esk New England mansion, just like Xavier’s school for gifted youngsters in X-Men and that shady high school / college that the Covenant boys go to
  • You like films with a creepy atmosphere: the weather is pretty shit wherever this school is located. It’s always foggy, especially at night – probably to symbolise the unknown, since Luce has no idea who she really is

Most memorable quote:

Luce (talking about Daniel’s drawing of Paris): “I’ve never traveled before. I’ve never even left the country. But I know that there’s a café just off to the right. and I know it smells like jasmine after it rains and I know that the old man who runs the café is kind to his dog and he’s cruel to his wife and I know these things because I’ve been there. And I’ve been there with you.”

Most memorable scene: Luce and Daniel find each other at the swimming pool. It’s the first time he doesn’t immediately flee from her and they have an actual conversation. The scene is very well acted and te chemistry between the characters is palpable.

Where can I watch? According to IMDB, Fallen will be released in US cinemas in September 2017 and in German cinemas in July 2017. However, the film is already available on YouTube in rather good quality.

Fallen (2016): Directed by Scott Hicks; running-time 1h 32mins.; starring Jeremy Irvine (War Horse), Addison Timlin (That Awkward Moment), Hermione Corfield, Lola Kirke (Mistress America), Daisy Head, Malachi Kirby, Harrison Gilbertson (Need for Speed), Sianoa Smith McPhee, Joely Richardson (The Patriot).


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