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‘Before I Fall’ adds satisfying drama to young adult fare

By Dorian Krasteff

Teens will enjoy 'Before I Fall.' Photo courtesy of
Teens will enjoy ‘Before I Fall.’
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Released on March 3, “Before I Fall” is the latest young adult film of 2017. Directed by Ry Russo-Young, the teen drama stars Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage, Logan Miller and Kian Lawley.

The film revolves around Samantha Kingston (Zoey Deutch), a high school student who dies in an unexpected car crash one night, only to end up reliving that same day over and over.

Within this never ending cycle, Kingston realizes that each day she has, she can do and say things she couldn’t normally do; basically living every day as if it were her last. Kingston realizes that with one inevitable act, she could stop her personal living hell.

The actors in the film are perfect for each of the characters. Since the film involves high school students and the well known “popular kids” clique, the actors and actresses bring out the best and worst of each character. Halston Sage perfectly suits the clique leader, Lindsay Edgecomb. Edgecomb is mean and manipulative, but also loyal and sensitive. Deutch’s character is best friends with Sage’s and the chemistry between the two is perfect.

The film as a whole and the use of a day being repeated over and over again may remind viewers of another movie, “Groundhog Day.” That movie runs on a similar cycle and the main character finally finds out how to end the cycle. The atmosphere at the beginning of “Before I Fall” is quite dull since all that happens is the same day being repeated. But as Kingston starts to put significant pieces together, the movie picks up speed and adds some suspense as well.

This movie is mainly targeted for young adults specifically teens. It involves some topics that are very teen-focused such as bullying, alcohol, and toxic friendships and relationships. The movie teaches some good lesson; to be kind to others and to not give into peer pressure. This film is intriguing and thought-provoking and a must see for young adults everywhere.

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