Falling Down (1993)
Average Rating: 6.7/10
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It's just not William Foster's (Michael Douglas) day. Laid off from his defense job, Foster gets stuck in the middle of the mother of all traffic jams. Desirous of attending his daughter's birthday party at the home of his ex-wife (Barbara Hershey), Foster abandons his car and begins walking, encountering one urban humiliation after another (the Korean shopkeeper who obstinately refuses to give change is the worst of the batch). He also slowly unravels mentally, finally snapping at a fast-food
Feb 26, 1993 Wide
May 26, 2009
Warner Bros. Pictures
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Let's face it, there is an element of truth in the character of D-FENS. But it is, finally, tabloid truth.
At first comes across like a mean-spirited black comedy and then snowballs into a reasonably powerful portrait of social alienation. The tone is unremittingly dour, however.
A real artist could make something incisive or darkly hilarious out of this moral tightrope act. Schumacher, veering recklessly between social satire, kick-ass fantasy and damsel-in-distress melodrama, plays the game for opportunistic cheap thrills.
It turns one man's slide toward madness into a wickedly mischievous, entertaining suspense thriller.
These adventures would be offensive if you could take them seriously, so it's probably good that you can't.
What makes this an innovative film is Joel Schumacher's bold eschewing of the good-guy-verses-bad-guy Hollywood convention.
The character of William Foster (simply called D-Fens in the closing credits) represents an element of our collective id.
A heavy-handed potboiler, but as it raises the temperature, it does give cause to consider the line--so easily crossed--between social function and disasterous personal undoing. [Blu-ray]
...holds up pretty well today, even if its tone meanders all over the place.
Maybe Michael Douglas' best work, he as the depressed man driven to madness.
A crude, cathartic rant that both condemns and exploits modern paranoia.
Dealing with urban paranoia from a White POV is a good, timely idea, but film can't decide whether Michael Douglas is an ordinary or psychopathic man and whether we should feel sympathy or pity for the "victimization" of this yuppie.
A powerful, gripping, darkly humorous film with a dynamite lead performance by Michael Douglas. One of 1993's ten-best films.
Douglas as you've never seen him before
It's half a really good movie, and half a mediocre one with a good actor.
One of Schumacher's lone efforts that actually has some depth
Audience Reviews for Falling Down
- Rich "Whammyburger": Well, hey I'm sorry.
- D-Fens/William Foster: Im sorry too. [pulls out gun]
- D-Fens/William Foster: Now everybody eat you all need your Vitamins A's B's C's and D's [aims gun at ceiling and shoots]
- D-Fens/William Foster: Sorry! Sorry! The Trigger, the trigger, its a sensitive trigger...
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