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The Fall (1999)
beautiful location is overcome with clichés and leaden pace
First off, I write off any film that uses a cat jumping on someone to startle the audience. Budapest makes a beautiful location and it's too bad Frost and Piddington don't make more of it as was done, for example, with Cannes in _Ronin_. The start of the film is very exciting, especially when the heroine runs into a car but deteriorates rapidly from there into cliché upon cliché (including the jumping cat - just out of curiosity, has anybody seen a cat ever do that to a person, and from where are they supposed to jump?). Perhaps it is the proliferation of clichés but the film cannot sustain the level of suspense shown in the beginning. And if you cannot figure the "surprise" prior to its unveiling I've got some swampland to show you in Florida.