What is “The Last Fall” about? “The Last Fall” is about professional football player Kyle Bishop, played by Lance Gross, and the struggles he faces after being cut from his team, retiring from the game and moving back to his hometown of Los Angeles.
Kyle has a difficult time adjusting to post-football life, as his diabetic father is in the hospital and his sister and divorced mother prove less than affectionate. To make matters worse, Kyle’s car gets repossessed, and he can’t find a job. “The Last Fall” is about answering a single question, according to L.A. Times critic Gary Goldstein: “What happens when a professional football player can no longer play football?”
“The Last Fall” is about more than football and family strife, however. When Lance Gross’ character returns to L.A., he reconnects with his high school girlfriend, Faith, played by Nicole Beharie. She’s a single mother with worries of her own, but the two rekindle their romance, and before long, he’s “caught between the demands of the career he has always dreamed of and the single mother who has his heart, Kyle must make the most important decision of his life,” according to an official “The Last Fall” plot synopsis.
“What is ‘The Last Fall” about?” is a question perhaps best answered by Matthew Cherry, the former NFL player who directed the film. Released in theatres in October 2012 and on video in January 2013, “The Last Fall” is Cherry’s first feature, and while the film has earned mixed reviews, it’s a promising start to his career as a filmmaker.
“The story’s romantic and emotional elements are effective, but a more focused and detailed look at the business of sports would have significantly upped this movie’s game,” writes Goldstein. In the end, he describes “The Last Fall” as ”involving, sympathetic film unafraid to wear its sizable heart on its sleeve.”
Addressing the question of what “The Last Fall” is about, BlackFilm.com critic Wilson Morales says it’s a film about “perception and reality,” and he praises Lance Gross—known for his work on “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne”—for a “commanding performance.” “’The Last Fall’ is filled with a good script, good production values, and fantastic performances,” he concludes.
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