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I don't usually watch violent movies but this one is different in that it has an intelligent view on what is wrong with some aspects of society, and the frustration that can result in mental illness and violence ,the character Bill just wanted to see his divorced wife and kid on her birthday on foot after having to abandon his car due to a traffic jam but came across some unsavory, some just plain stupid and obstructive individuals (we all meet them from time to time) on his journey home with whom he was forced to deal with. Even with the violence and stupidity which was caused by others he had no animosity with innocent people so he wasn't an evil man just killing or causing mayhem for the sake of some misguided cause like we see these days even though he had been sent over the edge, he wasn't all bad. The movie is getting on in years but comes across as forever young.Michael Douglas plays the role brilliantly and should have got an Oscar but didnt,I shall never understand why. One of my favorite movies that comes to end all too quickly.
This is one of the best movies I have seen in quite a while. Michael Douglas stars as Bill Foster, a man who is pushed too far by the annoyances of everyday life, beginning a city wide rampage. Foster has a personal mission, to get to his ex-wife and reacts to life stresses in a very explosive manner.
Michael Douglas's performance in this film was brilliant and makes it memorable. The cop who is looking for Foster has his own personal problems as well, reacting to those problems in a very different way though. There are many humorous scenes as well, due to Douglas's acting. The movie does really well at showing how frustrated Foster is and that he has really had enough of everything. All the way through it is tense and sets the tone right at the beginning with a really gripping and well made opening. The film is excellent on many levels and the atmosphere is well captured, building suspense wonderfully.
The final confrontation is very effective and clearly shows the difference in the two characters. The film makes you think about society and to keep tempers under control even if the world is "Falling Down."
Michael Douglas plays a disgruntled and somewhat accidental vigilante in this steadily-paced tense thriller which sees him on an unintentional one man crusade against all of the things that are wrong in the world today. He is a man who's simple mission is to get "home" to see his young daughter on her birthday. However, the highway has reached gridlock on a stifling hot day leading a flustered Douglas to abandon his car and take off on foot whereby he meets with all manner of situations that threaten both his personal safety and his steadfast principles, causing his already fragile emotional state to escalate.
Robert Duvall plays the good cop on his last day prior to retirement who clearly wants to end his career on a high note by ensuring the streets are made safe, at least for today. The film has its tense moments but most viewers will identify with Douglas' tenacity when it comes to him being an ordinary man who wants to be able to walk through any neighborhood without being accused of trespassing, who wants a fast food breakfast before the lunch menu is prematurely declared and who wants it to resemble the image on the boards - the latter leading to perhaps the most comical line in the whole film "Look at this miserable, squashed thing" (when holding up his Whammy Burger). The viewer definitely empathises with Douglas in spite of his often less than subservient methods and I found myself routing for him all the way with a sense of sadness as to what had become of his life in the wider portrayal.
Forget Wall Street and Basic Instincts this is THE performance of a lifetime from one of Hollywoods finest actors. De-fens is one of films history's greatest characters and Falling Down is one of history's greatest movies. A movie about one man who has had enough,enough of everyday life,enough of being walked over and enough of burgers not being as advertised. No where in this movie will you find bad acting or poor camera angles or a soundtrack that doesn't work. It is a top notch movie in every sense of the word. If it was up to me I'd make this part of film schools must see list along with Psycho,Seven Samurai and Gone With The Wind,yes it's that good. If anything it should be remembered as the movie that had Macdonalds serve breakfast all day in America and that is a true fact.
Ever felt life was getting you down? that life itself was nothing but a problem? well william foster (douglas) has this very problem and has decided to do something about it. william 'd-fens' foster has had enough he is trying to get home to see his wife and kid (his wife 'barbera hershey' hates him) and on his way home causes a trail of destruction in his wake. on his heels is just about to retire robbery cop Detective Prendergast (robert duvall) aided by his partner Detective Sandra Torrez (rachel ticotin) the film is funny, serious and action packed, the situations douglas finds himself in with various people, we can all relate to, only his solutions are somewhat more radical for example- some guy has ago at douglas for spending to much time in a phone booth, rather than say sorry or curse at him, douglas draws an uzi 9mm out of a gym bag and shoots the booth to bits then telling the guy 'you know what i think its out of order' (he gets the gym bag off a gang after a failed drive-by on douglas)
all in all i loved this film, the way douglas deals with the various people in a way we would only dream of. its about one man who has had enough, he is gonna fight back!
If you've found yourself walking through the somnambulistic trudge of your everyday day to day with a slick sheen of sweat upon your forehead, chewing the tip of your tongue feverishly and finding yourself less then an inch from unleashing a screaming, seething, billious assault upon the homogenous infinity of irritation all around you, this movie is for you.
Urban alienation is hardly an original theme, but I can think of no other movie which so accurately represents the under current of naked aggression and despair which surfaces on a daily basis in conversations with colleagues and friends and in one's interior monologue when confronted by the pedantry and bloody minded rudeness which we have been forced to accept as a society.
The mild mannered rage which Douglas represents so understated and eloquently hasn't aged a jot since '92 and with the state in which society finds itself, Falling Down is perhaps more apt-a comment on the mindset of the average, everyday working person than ever before.
I cannot recommend this film enough, it is haunting, human and dangerously inspiring.
This superb roller-coaster of a film written by, (at the time) an unknown writer Ebbe Smith, (brief appearance at beginning of movie) was turned down by all the major Hollywood Studios. Thankfully it eventually got the recognition it deserved. It is the story of a man who had finally had enough. It's total comedy wrapped up in a voilent and unsettling cloak. Michael Douglas doesn't just play the role, he IS the role. His finest film ever made, we see him walk through LA on a destructive rampage - but we love him. In each confrontation, although initiated by his character, the viewer want him to 'win', to get what he wants. Beautifully produced, the flow of the film is a mix of 'ramage' and police searching for 'man on rampage'. We've all been there.
This was a favourite movie of mine growing up through the 80's and 90's. The tense atmosphere and the performance of Michael Douglas having some sort of mental breakdown throughout the film really make this movie stand out. I had to buy the dvd and it arrived super quick too.
Quality film . A strong pitch to replace the Clint Eastwood genre of savage revenge in a multitude of situations where annoying people get too much for one reasonable man but ultimately in this scenario , driven mad by his misandric estranged wife . Anyone who has ever felt the deeply antagonistic hand of injustice will relate to this crackingly good movie .