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BEFORE I FALL: An interesting but wasted premise

Before I Fall

Producer : Brian Robbins, Jonathan Shestack, Matthew Kaplan

Production Company(S) : Awesomeness Films, Jon Shestack Productions

Artists (Cast) : Diego Boneta, Elena Kampouris, Halston Sage, Jennifer Beals, Kian Lawley, Logan Miller, Zoey Deutch

Music Director : Adam Taylor

Editor : Joe Landauer

Saturday, March 18, 2017 1:01:39 PM (IST) | Rajesh Kumar Singh, Bollywood Trade Editorial


The film has a very interesting premise. Suppose you die one day and are given an opportunity to live the last day of your life yet again. What is it that you will like to change? The discerning imagineers can see a host of opportunities to use this premise to deliver a cinematically potent metaphysical supernatural narrative. The makers of this film have failed to explore those possibilities and have delivered a common place High School drama of redemption instead.
Samantha Kingston (Zoey Deutch) wakes up one morning, gets ready and joins her friends who have come to pick her up. They drive down to their High School.  We get to know about Samantha’s relationships with her friends and other class fellows and her family in bits and pieces. The four friends are some kind of a gang of mean girls. Lindsay (Halston Sage) is the leader. Juliet (Elena Kampouris), who was Lindsay’s friend at some point of time, is the constant object of their ridicule. It’s Cupid Day at school. Samantha learns about a secret admirer of hers. A boy she does not care much about invites her to a party at his place. Samantha also has a boyfriend Rob (Kian Lawley). Samantha and her group go to the party. They have a show down with Juliet there.  On the way back they supposedly meet with an accident.
Next we see Samantha waking up in her bed as if she has been experiencing a nightmare. She also has a déjà vu kind of feeling as the events in her nightmare begin to play as reality. Samantha tries to make amends yet when she wakes up it’s the replay of the same day as if providing her an opportunity to make further amends and stop terrible things experienced in her nightmares from happening. She keeps returning back to the beginning of the loop, her wake up moment, until she is transformed into a good girl who loves her family and saves the life of a suicidal Juliet who she once despised and ridiculed.
It’s a typical ‘mean girls’ kind of a story retrofitted with supernatural déjà vu theme. The stratagem does not work. How will you feel as a viewer if a twenty minutes short film is looped and played to you five times in a theater with minor and wholly predictable variations? I don’t know in which section of Sundance 2017 this film played but I’m no more enamored by Sundance branding. Even its competition line up has pathetically bad and unbearably boring films.

Rating: 1/5

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