Semi-studly episodic-TV and sometime soap opera player Marcus Dean Fuller directs, co-writes and stars in apparent vanity vehicle with supernatural overtones "One Fall."
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.