Homicide Detective John Hobbs is witnessing the execution of serial killer Edgar Reese. Reese goes from mocking everyone to terror, claiming innocence as he dies. Not long after, killings bearing the mark of Reese begin to occur. Is it a copycat? Something more sinister?
In fact, as Hobbs tries to put all the pieces together, he finds himself pulled into a world of angels and demons and possession. He discovers that Reese was a host to an ancient evil that has survived…and can be anyone…and it seems to have a fondness for torturing Hobbs.
The film is directed by Gregory Hoblit, who had directed the film Primal Fear just two years. Like that film, this one works within a clever conceit to surprise the viewer in the end.
It is full of terrific actors to support Washington, including John Goodman and late James Gandolfini. The conceit of the story allows for a lot of suspense throughout, as Washington is never sure who he is dealing with. The audience is never left in the dark, as the film has Demon Vision, where we can see things through the eyes of the demonic entity.
I really enjoy Fallen and feel it is a bit underrated. It works effective as a thriller with a solid creepy vibe.