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9.5 9 10
FanFix July 30, 2012 1719
(Updated: August 30, 2012)
June 13, 2010

***Spoilers Below****

I kind of enjoyed the faster pace of this fanedit but it really didn’t do it for me.
The original movie is about Sarah’s “descent” and Juno’s betrayal.

Juno was having an affair with Sarah’s husband, Paul.
Paul was distracted while driving, probably thinking about Juno (since they had just given each other “the looks”), which resulted in the tragic car accident ie. the death of Sarah’s husband, her daughter’s death, and her emotional/psycho problems.

That’s why Sarah killed Juno.

There were clues to the affair early on, such as how they looked at each other at the beginning.

But the give away is Juno’s pendant/bracelet which reads, “Love Each Day”, which was given to her by Paul and is a phrase that Paul would say often, as we are told by Sarah early on.

After Juno accidentally hit her with a pickaxe, Beth had grabbed it from Juno’s neck as she fell
When Sarah finds Beth, Beth gives her the bracelet and tells her where it came from.

This is why Sarah shows Juno the bracelet before Sarah seals Juno’s fate.
Juno knows that she has been found out to be the betrayer that she is and knows that Sarah, with madness in her eyes, is going to kill her.

By removing this subplot, the ending is quite anti-climatic when compared to the orginal US and UK versions.

I can easily accept the removal of Sarah’s hallucinations, as the pace is immensly improved and the film is more action oriented as a result.

But trying to make Juno into the “good guy” just doesn’t work, as she is very much the “bad guy”, ultimate betrayer, in the original and in this version is still responsible for their predicament in this version and still abandons Beth.

Of course, on first viewing, Juno’s death is a shock but on second viewing, after realizing her betrayal, I enjoyed seeing her get what she deserved.

This edit reminds me of how I feel about Azazel. I loved the original Fallen and found Azazel less to my liking, but still gave Azazel a 10 because it accomplished what Boon wanted to accomplish by turning a psychological thriller into a straight up thriller.

This edit doesn’t fully accomplish what it wanted to, I enjoy the UK version the most, but is still enjoyable with its quick pace.
So I’m giving this a 9.
I’d give it a 10 if Juno was still the betrayer
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