Directed by Scott Mann and co-writer Jonathan Frank, “Fall” tells the story of Hunter and Becky who decide to go on a mountain climbing trip a year after Dan’s (Mason Gooding) death. And the thing they’re going to climb is a 2,000-foot-long abandoned radio tower. Because it is abandoned, it is not in good condition.
The red flags appear very early in the climb and Becky even points them out. But Hunter soldiers on and Becky follows suit. However, as they descend, the entire ladder (which is the only way out) collapses, trapping them with no phone signal, no water, and no one in sight to find them. As expected, it’s a straightforward movie full of chills and suspense.
Fall: Movie Synopsis
Right from the start, the vultures at the foot of the tower are declared to be a sign of death. Then the girls go up, the ladder falls down and they get stuck. Becky and Hunter try different ways to get help, the most tangible of which is to get the attention of two guys who arrive at the tower to cool off. They can tell the men that they are stuck there.
But instead of helping the girls, the two guys drive off with Hunter’s car. Later that night, after noticing it several times, Becky finally asks Hunter why she got Dan’s way of saying “I love you” tattooed on her leg, i.e. 143. With no way to hide her truth, Hunter admits that with Dan she’s been cheating for a while, making an already tense situation even tenser.
In a last-ditch effort to get the bag (containing a water bottle and a drone) lying on an unreachable satellite dish below them, and presumably to atone for her sins, Hunter offers to go down and get it. After much effort, she reaches the bowl. She gets the bag. She attaches it to the rope she used to reach the satellite dish. She also gets to the rope. Becky pulls him as Hunter climbs him.
But just as she’s about to reach the landing they’ve been sitting on the whole time, Hunter slips, and her fall is apparently broken by a sack hanging from the end of the rope. She says she can’t climb out because she hurt her arms, so Becky has to pull her up. So Becky pulls her out and gets Hunter and the bag.
They realize that the drone doesn’t have enough power, so they can’t use it to send a message to anyone nearby. Later that night, Becky has a nightmare where she sees Hunter being eaten by a vulture. She wakes up and comes up with the idea of using Hunter’s technique of using light bulbs to recharge things. The next day, she climbs to the top of the pole and uses the aerial light socket to recharge the drone.
While up there, she is repeatedly attacked by vultures, causing her to drop her bag. Once the drone is recharged, she returns to land and asks Hunter why she didn’t grab the bag and let it fall to the ground. He mumbles something but doesn’t give a direct answer. Later, as Hunter tries to stay awake until the restaurant opens and they can send a drone to her, Hunter talks about wrestling icons even though she’s not a fan.
Fall Ending, Explained: What Happened At The End?
Not making much use of Hunter’s knowledge of famous wrestling icons, Becky proceeds to use the drone to send an SOS message to the diner. But this mission fails when a truck crashes into it. Becky accepts her fate as she watches the coming storm while the vulture sits atop a pole. Hunter tells her to stay strong as the vultures wait for her to go to sleep so they can come and gnaw at her wound.
She even tells Becky to eat something for sustenance. Becky says they should try to send a message by putting her phone in Hunter’s remaining shoe, stuffing it better, and throwing it on the ground, hoping it will get a signal there and alert her father (Jeffrey Dean Morgan). Hunter says she can’t give her the shoe because she’s not there with Becky. It’s down there on a plate.
Yes, that’s the biggest joke in the movie. When Hunter fell while trying to retrieve the bag, her fall was not broken by the bag. She missed it, landed on the aerial, and died instantly. Becky pulled the bag back to her. She noticed that Hunter had died. It was exactly what she saw in her nightmare. But partly due to her exhaustion and partly to preserve her sanity, she began to think that Hunter was alive and with her.
So the vultures didn’t appear near her for anything. They came to eat Hunter. After realizing Hunter is no longer with her, Becky records a message for her father. She then pretends to be dead so the vulture gets very close to her injured leg. And after finding an opportune moment, she broke the vulture’s neck, beat it to death, and began to eat it raw. Bear Grylls would be proud.
After regaining her energy, Becky decides to jump down to the satellite dish that Hunter’s body rests on. She looks down at the vulture as it pecks at Hunter’s body, forcing him to fly away. She then writes a message for her father and stuffs it into Hunter’s remaining shoe. But to make sure the phone hits the ground undamaged, she stuffs a shoe into Hunter’s open wound and then sends the body to the ground. Fortunately, we don’t see what happens to Hunter’s body.
The fact that Becky’s father arrives at the tower along with several rescue teams means that this gruesome method worked and someone brought Becky down with a helicopter. Becky’s father first notices the body bag and assumes that Becky is dead. He breathes a sigh of relief after Becky calls out to him. They run into each other’s arms and feel grateful that the whole ordeal didn’t end differently.
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