When a lonely housewife (Emmy winner Sharon Stone) faces the reality of her dying marriage to Gary (Timothy Hutton), she seeks comfort in highly unlawful and forbidden activities. While Gary takes to drinking away his trou... more »bles, he doesn't realize that things are falling apart around him? until it's too late. When a Man Falls is a gripping psychological thriller sure to keep you guessing until the end!« less
Donna R. from CLINTON, SC Reviewed on 9/29/2011...
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Sandra W. from HAGERSTOWN, MD Reviewed on 3/2/2011...
Although the back of the case describes this movie as a psychological thriller, I didn't think this story of the disintegrating marriage between Sharon Stone's marriage to Timothy Hutton's working husband character anywhere near a thriller. The two have drifted apart as Hutton stays later and later at the office, and Stone works at a boring job, then comes home to feel unappreciated by her husband. She no longer feels attractive or appealing, so she takes to a little bit of criminal activity. The best part of the story is about Hutton's and his friend's old high school target of teasing, Bill, who is the night janitor where Hutton works. Bill is a very eccentric man, but his performance makes the movie worthwhile.
Disintegration of lives loosely connected
Grady Harp | Los Angeles, CA United States | 02/16/2008
(2 out of 5 stars)
"The original title of this bleak flim - WHEN A MAN FALLS IN THE FOREST - was inexplicably shortened to the nebulous WHEN A MAN FALLS for the release of the DVD: had the original title been retained, the audience may have been given a clue as to the intended message of the story. This is the second film for 26-year old writer/director Ryan Eslinger and it does suggest that he wants to deal with some existential material, but he has a way to grow into how to make it happen.
The lives of three men and a woman are interconnected in the all too common shallow 'relationships' that are a major problem in how our society is working. Bill (Dylan Baker) is a night janitor in a large company, a man who shuts out the boring world with his earphones connected to the great opera classics: he avoids people including those who saunter past him and those whose chaotic lives in the next door apartment distress him. Gary Fields (Timothy Hutton) is a down and out professional man who works in the building that Bill nocturnally keeps tidy, the two 'old high school acquaintances' meeting only because Gary has taken to sleeping in the office. Gary's wife Karen (Sharon Stone, without makeup and looking spent and used) has lost all feeling for living, detests Gary, and finds her only joy is in shoplifting. Gary has shut himself off from old friends for reasons that seem to be related to an accident that involved is best friend Travis (Pruitt Taylor Vince), a man at odds with his own environment. The only apparent connection here is that, once Gary discovers that Bill is a night janitor, Gary and Travis feel guilty that their response to Bill in high school had been one of cruel ridicule. Each of the four main characters wanders aimlessly through a world that has become strange and vindictive and it is only a bizarre incident that throws the quartet into some semblance of meaning. Each person has fallen, but since they are in the midst of a lonely 'forest', has anyone noticed or cared?
This could be a study in personal tragedy were it done better, but despite the fine credentials of the actors, the script is so full of holes that character development suffers and what results is not unlike watching an injured bull struggling around a bullfight ring as the crowd attends to the matador et al. Sadly we just don't care about these damaged people, making connection with the film next to impossible. Maybe next film...Grady Harp, February 08"
Carol Jannetty | Southington, CT United States | 02/13/2008
(1 out of 5 stars)
"This had to be one of the worst movies that I have seen-its extremely boring and the characters are as dull as the film. No plot to speak of and you can't tell if the Bill character is dreaming or actually awake. Please don't waste your money even on a rental"
Dont waste the rental fee
GOLDCYLON | Arizona | 02/10/2008
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Don't waste your time, this is a horrible film. The plot was ridiculous, the story was dismal and drawn out. No surprises and I regret spending a dime on it for the rental fee. Hutton and Stone should have never put their names to the title."
This Movie is terrible-what a dud!!
J. R Sategna | Martinez, California United States | 02/11/2008
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Do not waste your money to rent or buy this one. Although it has a pretty good cast-Sharon Stone and Timothy Hutton--the plot is confusing--it jumps around alot and is boring--to say the least. The actors seem to just walk thru their roles in a senseless plot. I guess they needed the money. I barely made it thru the movie--good thing I just rented it and lost only $3--stay away from this one. My question is--Why did they make this straight to video movie?"
A Thought Provoking Dramatic Work
Sam Abbot | 01/07/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This DVD is horribly misadvertised as a Psychological Thriller. This was obviously a pathetic ploy by the DVD distributor to get the DVD off the shelves by any means necessary with no thought to doing the consumer, nor the film any justice. The result is that people are watching this film with entirely the wrong mindset.
This film is a dramatic look at the lives and relationships (or lack of relationships) of the four main characters. It is a thought provoking look into what can happen when we allow ourselves to dwell within our personal misery to the point that we can no longer connect to those around us. The acting, writing, cinematography and direction are excellent, and the film is riddled with beautifully captured momments of life to which so many people can relate. If you are looking for a shallow sexy thriller, see Basic Instinct or Sliver. But if you are someone who appreciates the simplistic intracacies of what makes up the soul of a person...this movie is an excellent choice for you."