What initially seems like your typical wannabe angst-ridden teenage movie, Ry Russo-Young’s Before I Fall is actually well worth the watch.
February 12 is just another day for Sam (Zoey Deutch) and her best friends until a freak accident results in her death, however, Sam ends up waking up and reliving her last day over and over again.
At first confused, angry and scared Sam does not know what is happening around her but she soon unravels the mystery surrounding her own death and the shocking twist at the end is sure to bring tears to your eyes.
Although Before I Fall has the stereotypical teenage tropes including high school cliques, losing your virginity, drinking and partying and the ‘nerdy,’ guy falling for the popular girl,’ the movie also explores deeper themes.
The story dwells into the impact of bullying, how young people cope with death, what its like to be gay, and what it means to grow up and learn to take responsibility for your actions.
Before I Fall is surprisingly poignant, raw and filled with emotion.
It doesn’t follow the usual ‘teenage,’ format and is not what you would expect.
Instead it offers its viewers a chance to realise there is more to life than wearing the prettiest clothes or dating the hottest boy at school.
Also starring Halston Sage, Logan Miller, Erica Tremblay and Elena Kampouris.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Distributor: Open Road Films
Out now on DVD and Blueray