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Fallen Angel (2007/British Mystery TV/Acorn Media DVD)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: C     Episodes: C+



Charles Dance heads the cast in murder mystery mini-series Fallen Angel, an ambitious, troubled, problematic character study of a psychopathic woman (Emilia Fox as Angel Wharton) and her obsession with kidnapping children.  There is a separate pedophile involved and the four parts are so all over the place, it just cannot stop the child-in-jeopardy syndrome that we have seen one too many times.


Dance is a great actor who can hold his own in genre work (Alien 3, For Your Eyes Only) and is really good here; one of the reasons I was able to sit through this in the first place.  Though Peter Ramsley’s adaptations of the Andrew Taylor novels is very literate and takes itself seriously without any formula, it still runs into the many problems associated with child exploitation in fiction.  It is just too easy to put a child in jeopardy and the study of the killer almost makes her too sympathetic in ways that are more bad than creepy.  Now you can see for yourself, but brace yourself for graphic treatment of said material.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image is a little on the weak side in detail and depth, even including the way it is stylized.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo can be a bit unbalanced and has limited surrounds if any.  Note how much louder the music can be than the dialogue.  The only extra is a 47-minutes behind-the-scenes special.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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