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"The adventures of an ordinary man at war with the everyday world." An unemployed defense worker frustrated with the various flaws he sees in society, begins to psychotically and violently lash out against them. REVIEW Joel Schumacher's best film is a brilliantly realized urban nightmare that many people in the audience will identify with. On one of those typical LA dog-days, disgruntled motorist Michael Douglas, caught in what could be the traffic jam from hell, finally decides he can't take it any more, abandons his car on the freeway and decides to walk home and God help anyone who gets in his way. I suppose "Falling Down" could best be described as a road movie in reverse. The car has been ditched and the journey is on foot. Perhaps the film's closest antecedent is "The Swimmer" in which a similarly deranged Burt Lancaster decides to 'swim' home through the pools of his neighbours. As the dangerously unstable D-Fens, (he is known by his car registration), Michael Douglas gives the performance of his career and Schumacher racks up the tension to breaking point and beyond.
- LorenzoVonMatterhorn, Thursday, October 8, 2009
This is an interesting movie, flawed yes, but the whole thing works in ways you would never expect. Michael Douglas is certainly the main strenght of the film, and it makes you forget all the nonesense with the kid and the bazooka. Another great thing about FD is seeing people worship Michael Douglas character as an "american hero", it's like all the people that worship Fight Club without noticing that the movie is about clueless people creating an idol out of nothing. In the case of FD, many fail to realize that D-FENS is just a prick stuck in a dated mentality, that takes his anger and frustration against a world he doesn't understand at all. Be minorities, or the rich guys at the golf club, he's clueless about anything outside his bubble. That the final confrontation is against another frustrated old timer is a stroke of both irony and genius from the film. All this said, D-FENS is a guy that you can't help but like, and you will find yourself quite engaged in watching his crazy quest against the world.
- DragonEyeMorrison, Thursday, March 4, 2010