Fulvue Drive-In.com
Current Reviews
In Stores Soon
In Stores Now
DVD Reviews, SACD Reviews Essays Interviews Contact Us Meet the Staff
An Explanation of Our Rating System Search  
Category:    Home > Reviews > Action > Adventure > The Fallen Ones (2009/Anchor Bay Blu-ray)

The Fallen Ones (2009/Anchor Bay Blu-ray)


Picture: B-     Sound: B-     Extras: C-     Telefilm: C-



When he did Paul Verhoeven’s Starship Troopers, Casper Van Dien could and should have become a big star as I have always said, but it did not work out, yet he has managed to survive and like Buster Crabbe after his phenomenally successful run as Flash Gordon 70 years before, Dien has become the Crabbe of the 21st Century.  Like Crabbe, he has found himself a home in B-product and with Director Kevin Van Hooks.  The Fallen Ones is their attempt to do an Indiana Jones/Brendan Frasier Mummy actioner and it is silly beyond belief.


Making things funnier are bad jokes, poor visual effects, bad acting, bad dialogue, badly recycled clichés and Tom Bosley (Happy Days) as an expedition expert with an accent that nearly made this into a highly entertaining bad movie.  Even though Dien is willing to run around, yell, fight and jump a lot, that does not make for a good action anything and except for the fact that they seem to be having some kind of good time here (viewers will mostly not be so lucky), this is yet another by-the-numbers Dien/Hooks genre production that turns out unambituous product, made all the sadder by the fact that they are still doing some hard work to make them.  See it at your own risk.


The 1080p 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image is soft, made softer by the dated digital work and has its share of motion blur, while Dolby Digital 5.1 (there is no lossless anything here) also is weak with a limited soundfield, adding up to what plays like a telefilm.  There are no extras and not even any menus!



-   Nicholas Sheffo


 Copyright © MMIII through MMX fulvuedrive-in.com