A Tale Of Urban Reality
An unemployed defense worker frustrated with the various flaws he sees in society, begins to psychotically and violently lash out against them.
While watching Falling Down, I had to keep asking myself; "Who was this movie made for?" Was it made for lower-to-middle class white guys down on their luck, who would sympathize with the protagonist? If so, it was a dreadful failure, as it is difficult for me to find a more reprehensible, psychotic main character with whom the audience is meant to connect. Michael Douglas, who does a hell of a job with the role, is not a vigilante; he is a puredee lunatic who has snapped. He is a monster, and although there are wisps of reasoning behind his actions, that's like saying Hannibal Lector was an OK guy because he was part of the 'clean plate' club. The…
Every now and again Joel Schumacher will come out with a good film (I guess if you make enough of them eventually one turns out right) and Falling Down is undoubtedly his crowning achievement. It is a film that borders on wish fulfillment as one man rallies against the constraints and irritations of contemporary life. Whilst D-Fens certainly pushes it too far, and the film does a good job of making him both a sympathetic and psychotic presence, there is an undoubted pleasure seeing somebody push back against the bullshit of modern society.
Michael Douglas has always been somewhat of an underrated actor, perhaps because during his height he gravitated towards rather similar and easy roles. His performance as the…
One could argue that this film bites off more than it can chew, but it does it so extremely well that I’m more than willing to forgive it its flaws and relish in the, by now, iconic rants D-FENS gives us.
Joel Schumacher is an average director in my opinion. He has made some atrociously bad films and some that are pretty good. He has made one truly excellent film and this is it. Apart from stringing together the central narrative really well, he also elicits two fantastic central performances from Michael Douglas and Robert Duvall. He manages to ground the absurdity of what we’re watching in some form of realism, mainly because…
Anytime I get to McDonalds at 10:35am and they refuse to make me a Bacon and Egg McMuffin, I think of this movie.
"You think I'm a thief? Oh, you see, I'm not the thief. I'm not the one charging 85 cents for a stinking soda! You're the thief. I'm just standing up for my rights as a consumer." - D-Fens
The disturbing fact about this film is that it's more relevant in today's society than it was in 1993's society. Today's world is becoming decreasingly "economically viable", and people just won't take it anymore. The London Riots of 2011 are a prime example of that. Imagine if you had D-Fens leading them?
Michael Douglas is simply electrifying. D-Fens is funny, moving, scary and sad in equal measure. At first, he may seem like a man who is just sick of the world's…
Falling Down had me confused and bewildered for a while before I felt I could talk about it coherently. I laughed quite a bit in the beginning, so I think that some of the comedic aspects work quite well. Michael Douglas is great, but I find his character "D-fens" or Bill 100% unsympathetic. I think the key to enjoying this film is being able to relate to him and his concerns about society, and I don't. All of his gripes have very simple solutions that don't require hurting or killing people.
I've heard this compared to God Bless America, which I actually think is a much stronger film. Falling Down loses itself toward the end when there was really only one solution and nothing shocking was really possible anymore. I get what all the fuss is about, so maybe I'll give it another chance someday… but I wasn't impressed this time.
Michael Douglas plays the everyman and he's taking on the world. We've all had those moments where we just want to lash out at the world, from overpriced drinks to fast food restaurants, It builds at a nerve shredding pace, going from simple losing of the temper to drive bys and all sorts of crazy shit.
Douglas gives a performance like no other,
#29 movie from my hubby's GTA 5 list for me.
I felt bad for Robert Duvall for the entirety of this movie.
The story of an average man who decides to ditch his car on the hottest day of the year and just 'go home', Falling Down is still a great commentary on modern life and consumerism.
Some genuinely moving and painful moments are coupled with dark, gallows humour, and Douglas and Duvall's performances are exceptional.
OH OKAY HE KILLED A NAZI SO HE MUST NOT BE RACIST HUH
First watched this at university, gave it a 7/10, second watch, last night, now a 10/10.
A witty, psychotic blast. Our man D-Fens - is he "our man", though? - makes for one heck of a protagonist as he blazes his way through urban ephemera with gay abandon. It's darkly funny and shot through with tragic social commentary. Excellent.
Nice script, actually.
A hidden gem! i urge you to watch this if you havn't already. stars Michael Douglas in the lead role of William Foster a divorcé and unemployed former defense engineer. The film centers on Foster as he goes on a violent rampage across the city of Los Angeles. Brilliant thought provoking stuff