Fall, the latest Netflix movie, is a thrilling adventure about two best friends, Becky (Grace Caroline Currey) and Hunter (Virginia Gardner). The duo attempt to climb a remote 2000ft radio tower in a bid to resurrect their friendship following a traumatic event.
I must admit to having a deep fear of heights. I can't climb a stepladder without breaking into a sweat, yet, I am addicted to watching climbing documentaries and movies. So how does Netflix's latest high-octane, high-altitude movie, Fall, stack up against the rest?
Becky and Hunter attempt to revive their friendship after a devastating experience on the last climb trip. The two actresses play off each other brilliantly, and their characters create an engrossing dynamic.
Virginia Gardner (Marvel's Runaways) plays Hunter, the all-action risk-taker who is constantly trying to push the limits. Grace Caroline Currey (Shazam!) plays Becky, a more level-headed climber who is struggling to come to terms with the tragic events which have taken place.
The two actresses are the stars of this film, and despite them taking up 90% of the scenes, they keep the audience engaged throughout.
Is Fall Worth Watching?
The story is pretty formulaic: two people in a perilous situation, battling against the elements and themselves. It's nothing we haven't seen on screen before, but the performances of Gardner and Currey make it worth watching.
In many ways, Fall reminded me of the survival horror film The Shallows, in which Blake Lively is trapped on a small rock and circled by a shark as the tide rises.
Both movies do a great job of building tension, with some genuinely nerve-shredding moments.
These are not big-budget productions, but the cinematography and special effects are good enough to create a convincing atmosphere of peril. You really feel as if you’re up there with Becky and Hunter as they fight to stay alive.
Ultimately, I think you'll enjoy Fall if you can suspend your disbelief and go along for the ride.
It's a thrilling adventure movie with strong performances from its two leads, and it's worth a watch.
Where To Watch
Fall is available to Netflix viewers in the United Kingdom. In the United States, you can catch it on several on-demand rental services such as Apple TV and Google Play. Canadians can also stream the movie on Netflix.
Is the Fall Tower Real?
The Radio Tower in the movie isn't real, but real towers inspired it.
To give the fictitious B67 tower in the movie an authentic feel, the filmmakers drew inspiration from the KXTV/KOVR tower, a radio tower located in Walnut Grove, California.
Standing tall at a staggering 2,049 ft (625 m), this tower is among the tallest structures globally, and its design provided the basis for the B67 tower in the movie.
Director Scott Mann revealed that while contemplating the use of green screens or digital sets, the team ultimately opted to construct the upper section of the tower on top of a mountain to create an illusion of height, with the actors appearing to be thousands of feet in the air.
Despite the challenging weather conditions, such as lightning and strong winds that posed an obstacle during filming. The team persevered to produce a thrilling experience for the audience. The production of Fall came with a $3 million price tag.
More Climbing Movies
If you enjoyed Fall and want to watch more climbing movies, here are a few recommendations:
Touching the Void (2003): Touching the Void is a documentary-style film released in 2003, directed by Kevin Macdonald. The movie is based on the real-life story of Joe Simpson and Simon Yates, who attempted to climb the Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes.
However, during the climb, Joe falls and breaks his leg, leaving Simon to make a difficult decision that would ultimately change their lives forever.
The film recounts their harrowing tale of survival and showcases the human spirit's incredible capacity to overcome seemingly insurmountable odds. Through stunning cinematography and a powerful narrative, Touching the Void is a must-see film that will leave viewers inspired and awestruck.
14 Peaks: Nothing Is Impossible: This film follows an intrepid Nepalese climber and his team as they take on a seemingly insurmountable challenge: scaling all 14 of Earth's tallest peaks!
Everest: The movie is based on the real-life story of the 1996 Mount Everest disaster. Where a group of climbers, including experienced guides and clients, encountered a severe blizzard on the mountain.
The film follows the perilous journey of the expedition. Highlighting the physical and mental challenges that the climbers face in treacherous conditions.
Everest is a thrilling and emotional film that showcases the indomitable human spirit's power and resilience.