FALL Rating: NR
Directed By: Ry Russo-Young
Written By: Maria Maggenti
Actors: Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage, Logan Miller, Kian Lawley, Elena Kampouris, Diego Boneta, Jennifer Beals, Cynthy Wu, Medalion Rahimi
In Theaters: Mar 3, 2017, Limited
REVIEW OF BEFORE I FALL
Before I Fall is an American drama movie directed by Ry Russo-Young and written by Maria Maggenti. It is based on the 2010 novel of the similar name by Lauren Oliver. The movie stars Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage, Logan Miller, Kian Lawley, Jennifer Beals, Diego Boneta, and Elena Kampouris. Principal photography took place in Squamish plus Vancouver, from November 16 to December 19, 2015.
The movie had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 21, 2017. The movie is scheduled to be released theatrically on March 3, 2017, by Open Road Films.
What if you had only one day to change completely everything? Samantha Kingston has everything: 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. 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.
The movie commences when the protagonist, 17-year-old Samantha “Sam” Kingston, is Killed in a car accident in her hometown of Ridgeview. She vividly describes her horrifying and painful death, and what flashes into her mind in those final seconds. However, she wakes up the following morning in bed, heart pounding and bathed in sweat, with the memory of her demise still fresh in her mind. Gradually, she realizes that for some reason, she is fated to relive the last day of her life, Friday, February 12, over and over, until she gets things right.
Throughout the week, Samantha, who seemingly had it all – popularity, an oft-desired boyfriend, and surface-level happiness – must examine what’s really important in her “Mean Girls” life, in which she and her snobby, wealthy friends – Lindsay (the ringleader), Ally and Elody – made life miserable for underclassmen and social misfits, a life in which all that seems to matter is social status, clothes, boys, drinking, and sex.
Through this “Groundhog Day” phenomenon, Sam experiences all five stages of grief. Denial is seen as she tries to evade her fate; she gets angry and rebels, lashing out at her friends (particularly Lindsay) and hanging out with students she would never dare be seen speaking with; she bargains with God, or fate, believing that if she can make things right, she can save her own life; depression, in which she feels that nothing even matters and wherein she begins acting uncharacteristically recklessly; and finally, acceptance. The Sam who accepts her death – but only if she’s able to save the life of her friends’ prime target – is a very different character from the girl on the first page of the book.
In May 2016, Open Road Films acquired U.S distribution rights to the Movie. The movie was originally scheduled to be released on April 7, 2017, but was moved up to March 3
CRITICAL RESPONSE OF BEFORE I FALL:
On Rotten Tomatoes the movie has an approval rating of 78% based on 9 reviews with an average rating of 5.5/10. On Metacritic, the film has a score 70 out of 100 based on 5 critics, indicating “generally favorable reviews”.