I have no problem with admitting I was biased towards FREE FALL prior to viewing it. You see, I am a huge fan of Sarah Butler and her work, therefore I already expected to like the film. And thankfully, I was not disappointed in the least. This is a tension-filled thrill-ride that boasts an excellent cast and a suspenseful storyline. You can’t ask for much more out of a movie experience.
If you are not familiar with FREE FALL, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Anchor Bay Entertainment:
A top executive is killed in an apparent suicide leap from the skyscraper headquarters of Gault Capital. But when the dead man’s loyal protégé Jane Porter (Sarah Butler of I Spit Your On Grave) uncovers some startling criminal evidence, the corporation calls in their crisis manager (D.B. Sweeney of Taken 2 and Fire in the Sky) to silence her forever. He will trap Jane in an elevator between floors. It is a holiday weekend in the empty building. And for one desperate woman, surviving a cold-blooded killer may now mean a very long drop to the ground floor. Ian Gomez (Cougar Town) and screen legend Malcolm McDowell (The Artist, A Clockwork Orange) co-star in this intense suspense thriller from the producers of the Halloween and Final Destination movies.
I had the pleasure of meeting Sarah Butler a few years ago, when she was promoting I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE. She (and the rest of the cast) attended the Texas Frightmare Weekend, and I got the opportunity to visit with them one-on-one. I have to say they were all very classy but down to earth, true professionals in every way. After watching the film, I became fans of the whole cast; they all did a great job in the film, but Butler shined like a beacon. As a result, I am an avid fan of her films.
FREE FALL is shot well and looks great onscreen. The production value appears high, and the attention to detail within the film does not go unnoticed. Little things like the type of computers the executives were using (touchscreens with the latest software) help add to the realism of the high-rise setting. I also particularly like how the location managers captured the amazing views of the Los Angeles skyline at night.
Needless to say, the acting is top-notch with Butler heading up a great cast. I am constantly impressed with her acting talents. She is a beauty that does not have to rely on her looks to land her roles. But although she steals the spotlight for me, I would be remiss if I did not mention her fellow costars. Screen legend and icon Malcolm McDowell is always a pleasure to see in a film. And surprisingly, D.B. Sweeney does a great job as well; I thought he had fallen off the face of the earth after his popularity in the 90s, however I see from his IMDB page that he has been plenty busy.
The storyline of FREE FALL deserves a lot of credit, too. It is intelligent and intense, with plenty of suspense to keep you riveted to your seat. And, I can definitely say I have never wanted to see a final showdown as badly as I did in this film.
FREE FALL is a big win for me, and fans of thrillers and suspense will love it. I highly recommend giving this one a look. It hits store shelves tomorrow, so make a note.