Fallen, released in the Philippines yesterday, November 10, is based on the Fallen four-part series written by Lauren Kate. The first book, Fallen, revolves around “a young girl named Lucinda Price who is sent to Sword & Cross Reform School after she is accused of murdering a boy by starting a fire. At the reform school, she meets Daniel, a handsome boy whom she feels inexplicably drawn to, and believes that she has already met before.” (From the Wikipedia article of the said book)
Personally, I have read the series for countless times already ever since I was in fourth year high school. (For reference purposes, I’m now a graduating college student.) Like any other book I liked, I waited for this book series to turn into movies. Fortunately, after four long years, the wait is over.
I first saw the trailer through the Instagram fan page of one of the lead stars of the film, Jeremy Irvine. At first, I thought that maybe it was just fan-made, like the rest of the promotional materials being spread for a long while. That made me doubt if the film will really be released commercially. However, when I saw an “internationally released HD” version, I was convinced. (Trailer link: https://youtu.be/O-MRLGxczj8)
The first thing I noticed about the trailer is its flow. It already told the entire plot in just a few minutes, which I believe is too much of a give-away to the audience. That got me thinking, either Maybe there are still a lot of interesting events in the film that are not yet included in the trailer or Maybe the producers decided to promote the entire plot since the film lacked enough marketing.
Came November 8. The lead cast members of the film, Addison Timlin and Harrison Gilbertson, and the writer of the series, Lauren Kate, arrived at the Philippines to promote their film on the noontime show It’s Showtime and to attend the film’s premiere night. By that time, I had really high hopes of watching the film in our city, and of course, I did.
Just like any other book-to-movie experience, I expected changes as the story transitioned from paper to screen. However, with Fallen, the changes were so major that I didn’t have enough time to appreciate its beauty.