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Genre: Drama/Thriller
Starring: Heather Locklear, Johnathon Schaech, Linda Darlow, Gary Hudson and Derek Hamilton
Director: Ralph Hemecker
Rating: NC-16 (Violence & Some Scenes of Intimacy)
Year Made: 2007







Languages: English/Portuguese/
Subtitles: English/Portuguese/Thai/
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Running Time: 1 hr 35 mins
Region Code: PAL 3
Distributor: Origin Entertainment
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As the sole survivor of a massacre at the Boston restaurant where she was a chef, it's no wonder Reece Gilmore (Heather Locklear) wants to escape her life. She hits the open road with no destination in mind, desperate for a fresh start. When her car gives out in a picturesque Wyoming town, Reece takes a job at the local diner, hoping to earn enough cash to keep moving. But as she gets to know the townspeople - especially a dashing young writer named Brody (Jonathan Schaech) - she considers putting the past behind her and settling down, until she witnesses a murder while hiking. Now she's traumatized again, and not just by the killing; when the cops investigate, there is absolutely no evidence of the murder, and everyone doubts her story - which leads Reece to question her own sanity.


Originally released back on 2006, Angels Fall was one of four novels from Nora Roberts to get adapted into telemovie. You might ask who Nora Roberts is. (If you are not as clueless as this reviewer, kindly skip this and the next paragraph). According to the trusty online search, her romance novels are over 100 weeks in the No.1 spot in New York Times and she was the first inductee for Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame.

These four telemovies of hers, including Montana Sky, Carolina Moon and Blue Smoke had just been released locally as Dvd release for those hardcore romantics.

Judging the premise of Angels Fall and other two DVDs, it seems that Nora Roberts’ trademark angle at romance would be to dangle it with a dash of suspense (the serial killers type of suspense). It’s either that or those folks who behind the transition of book to the small screen felt that it’s the best way to market Nora Roberts’ works. Was it a good choice or transition for all that matters?

Let’s start with the positive aspect of Angel Falls.

Similarly to the other DVD releases under the Nora Roberts’ banner, they all had a fairly well know actress staring in it and for Angels Fall, we got the babelicious ex Melrose Place star Heather Locklear as the lead character, Reece Gilmore. If anything that’s holding the viewer’s interest in finding out what the secrets are hiding from her character’s past, it would definitely be Heater Locklear’s on screen demure sexuality that's oozing from the screen.

The next positive aspect here would be the picturesque scenery that plays the backdrop of Angels Fall. It might cause a few viewers to start searching on the net to find out which part of America was Angels Fall filmed in. Every scene of the mountains, the rustic small towns, the rivers and the forest setting are magnificently breath taking and enticing to those who love to take a break from the city life.

On the other hand, the main ingredients for this story (the romance and the suspense bits) were a let down.

For the romance section, the chemistry between the lead actress Reece Gilmore and Brody (Johnathon Schaech) was almost flatline. The movie tried to make Brody character a lovable jerkass but only the unlikable part stood out. It was rather unbelievable why the fragile Reece would want to start any romance with him.

The suspense part was “trying”. It tried to make viewers become interested at every twist and turn with every possible suspects but let’s just say the geographic location was more interesting that the little murder mystery that going on in this film. There was also a part which Brody turns into super detective and managed to guess something so “unexpected” correctly that it will make one wonder if this character had managed to steal the book of fate and flipped a few pages forward. It was a bit hard to swallow.

The climatic finale was mild and the surprise, besides coming out of no where, was a non-event that doesn’t even impress at all.

But then again, this telemovie DVD is not out to impress with spectacular plots or acting. Its main function would be as an ideal companion to veg out on a lazy weekend or a romantic piece to cuddle with love ones and for that, it had served its function well.




There is nothing to complain about the disc’s visual transfer, and there are English, Portuguese and Thai Dolby Digital 5.1 audio tracks to choose from.




Review by Richard Lim Jr


Other titles from Origin Entertainment:

. Breath

. Cashback

. Your Name Is Justine

. Montana Sky

. Carolina Moon

. Pistol Whipped

. Across The Universe

. The Jane Austen Book Club

. The Triplets of Belleville

. The Ten Commandments

. CJ7

. Living Death

. La Vie En Rose

. Urban Justice

. Perfect Stranger

. The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

. Reign Over Me

. Surf's Up

. 5ivegirls

. Vacancy

. Paprika

. Walking Tall: Lone Justice

. Dead Mary

. Spider-Man 3

. Priceless

. Trust the Man

. The Contractor

. Blood And Chocolate

. The Wicker Man

. Wind Chill

. Are We Done Yet?

. Android Apocalypse

. Elizabeth I

. The Proposition

. 3 Needles

. Ghost Rider

. The Pursuit of Happyness

. The Illusionist

. Catch & Release


This review is made possible with the kind support from Origin Entertainment


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