"The Falls" (2003) is an indie production, brought in for under $75,000 and clearly a labor of love. Living near both Buffalo and the Falls, I have a soft spot for this picture, as I did for "Buffalo '66" (1998). The IMDb rating of 4.6 suggests a below par film, which it is on certain dimensions such as too much narration, an actor as protagonist who doesn't really grab you and a couple under par performances. On the other hand, it has some positives. It has a couple of very good performances, lots of action, many twists and an amazing variety of cinematographic devices. There are many different kinds of color filters used here, presenting an ever-changing palette of color and feeling. The staging feels fresh too.
The movie is neo-noir the whole way, thoroughly so. Thus, while the story is new, it feels derivative. The narration makes this consciously so, to the point that the film almost seems like parody at times. At the beginning, this distances us from engagement in the actual story and taking it seriously. However, as the movie wears on, we tend to become more involved in it.
I think it's best to watch this without any idea of the plot. There're some good creative impulses behind this film and it shouldn't be judged too harshly for its defects. Virtually all films have them, including those with budgets 500x the budget of this one.