Semi-studly episodic-TV and sometime soap opera player Marcus Dean Fuller directs, co-writes and stars in “One Fall,” apparent vanity vehicle with supernatural overtones. As surely as Bruce Willis’ miraculous survival of a train wreck indicated an otherworldly constitution in M. Night Shyamalan’s “Unbreakable,” the fact that Fuller’s character emerges unscathed from a 200-foot cliffside tumble pigeonholes him as mystically endowed. Clunky allegorical elements, however, remain unsatisfyingly ambiguous throughout the pic, which opens Sept. 9 in Los Angeles and a week later in Gotham.Returning to his hometown to work as a janitor at the hospital where his doctor brother (James McCaffrey) practices medicine and where his father (Mark La Mura) has nearly succumbed to a fatal illness, Fuller raises eyebrows when he seemingly cures a wheelchair-bound MS sufferer and revivifies a moribund old lady (Phyllis Somerville) to the point of friskiness simply by laying his hand on them. Alternately regarded as savior or pariah, Fuller receives the most sympathy from his ex-g.f., played by Zoe McClellan, and a superhero-obsessed high-school nerd (Seamus Mulcahy). Admirably cinephilic crane shots, sudden reveals and subjective p.o.v. dream sequences unfortunately misplay the desired emphases.
A Paladin release of a Compass Entertainment, Marlen Hecht and Dean Silvers production. Produced by Silvers, Hecht. Executive producer, Richard K. Smucker. Co-producers, Julie S. Fuller, Marcus Dean Fuller. Directed by Marcus Dean Fuller. Written by Fuller, Richard Greenberg.
Camera (color, HD), Alice Brooks; editors, Marlen Hecht, William Henry; music, Ben Toth; production designer, Timothy Whidbee. Reviewed on DVD, Sept. 6, 2011. Running time: 90 MIN.
Marcus Dean Fuller, Zoe McClellan, Seamus Mulcahy, James McCaffrey, Mark La Mura, Phyllis Somerville.