This gem of a film reminds me of the black comedy ‘Feeling Minnesota’. The characters in ‘Fall Time’ are so weird that at times I thought it must be a comedy. Fall Time is also set in Minnesota but it is a far superior film.
It’s 1958 and David (David Arquette), Joe (Jonah Blechman) and Tim (Jason London) have just graduated from high-school. They have been friends since they were children and decide to do one last prank together before they go their separate ways. Their plan is to drive through the main street of the next town dressed as gangsters. They then plan to shoot Tim with blanks and stuff him into the trunk. Unfortunately their prank gets in the way of a bank robbery in progress and they unwittingly stuff Leon (Stephen Baldwin) instead of Tim into the trunk.
His partner Florence (Mickey Rourke) has no plans to cancel the robbery and instead forces Tim to do the bank job. The plot is full of so many twists after this, that I don’t want to give it away. Let’s just say it is a very original, stylish and disconcerting film. You won’t get bored and you won’t guess the ending. The performances are brilliant. Mickey Rourke is great as the cold and strange Florence. Jason London, David Arquette, and Jonah Blechman all carve out distinct and interesting characters. Sheryl Lee is quite bizarre and not quite what she seems. As for Stephen (who gets top billing), he gives an intense, disturbing performance as the not-quite-right-in-the-head criminal Leon. His weird shaved hair-cut and piercing blue eyes make him really scary, especially in the torture scenes which reminded me of ‘Reservoir Dogs’. Chilling stuff!
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