Many movies are labelled the spiritual sequel to Taxi Driver, but Falling Down is truly a modern version of Martin Scorsese's masterpiece. Falling Down depicts a man that cannot take it anyone, who goes berserk on the society that he feels lied to him and betrayed him. Falling Down is a fascinating dual character study of Michael Douglas' unhinged unemployed divorcee D-Fens character and Robert Duvall's methodical retiring police officer Detective Martin Prendergast.
Schumacher uses a similar way of portraying these two men leading parallels lives, who have made the opposite choice on how to live. Schumacher keeps you in suspense through endlessly entertaining situations that all create a sense of impending doom. Falling Down fills you with a sense of dread for the upcoming pain on screen.
Ebbe Roe Smith's script is filled with beautiful sentiment as to the defeating power of society on men under immense pressure. Smith also critiques capitalism, fascism, murder, law enforcement, fast food, homelessness, employment, unemployment, retirement, marriage, and establishment with Falling Down. It is really a free for all on morality with complex characters around every corner. Smith's script is one of cinema's tightest and most impressive. Every line is biting and dripping with social commentary.
Falling Down is fairly punk in its ethos. Michael Douglas is outstanding and captivating as the lead. You watch a man that starts off seeming sympathetic, until you watch him unload a shower of bullets upon L. Douglas is hilarious in Falling Down as he delivers tons of funny frustrated lines with a perfect deadpan or a zealous indignation.
Douglas plays the broken defeated ex husband as well as the rage filled sociopath on a tear. Falling Down is hilarious as a comedy thanks to Douglas' performance, but this role also allows him to display a haunting violence that feels all too common now. Robert Duvall is excellent as the careful cop trying to retire. His dedication to his work, patience with his wife and colleagues, and attention to the facts is admirable.
He is a real hero and a decent man compared to Douglas' monstrous mayhem inducing villain. I liked Tuesday Weld as Duball's hysteric and distraught wife. She is accompanied by Lois Smith's endearing and troubled role as Douglas' mother.
Barbara Hershey is so likable and sympathetic as Douglas' ex-wife Beth. You feel so bad for her in Falling Down! Read full review. Peter Travers. Schumacher could have exploited those tabloid headlines about solid citizens going berserk. Instead, the timely, gripping Falling Down puts a human face on a cold statistic and then dares us to look away. James Berardinelli. Sure, the viewer who wants to see a tightly-paced thriller with gun-play and emotionally-satisfying moments won't be disappointed, but there is a little more here than simple escapism.
Although it takes a number of wrong turns, Falling Down still has the power to disturb. Hal Hinson. Douglas again takes on the symbolic mantle of the Zeitgeist. But in Falling Down, he and Schumacher want to have their cake and eat it too; they want him to be a hero and a villain, and it just won't work. William Arnold. The film probably should have been a comedy. It would be a lot more cathartic - and a lot more entertaining - to laugh at the grim modern world of Falling Down than it is to have a heavy-handed filmmaker rub our faces in the hopelessness of it all.
Mike Clark. Hopped-up Falling Down is a technically proficient grabber that exploits white-male angst while adeptly juggling two stories filmed in contrasting styles. When his car breaks down on a Los Angeles highway, he leaves his vehicle and begins a trek across the city to attend his daughter's birthday party. As he makes his way through the urban landscape, William's frustration and bitterness become more evident, resulting in violent encounters with various people, including a vengeful gang and a dutiful veteran cop Robert Duvall.
Joel Schumacher. Timothy Hyde Harris , Arnold Kopelson. May 1, Warner Bros. Michael Douglas as D-Fens. Robert Duvall as Det. Martin Prendergast. Barbara Hershey as Beth. Rachel Ticotin as Sandra. Tuesday Weld as Mrs. Joey Hope Singer as Adele. Michael Paul Chan as Mr. Raymond J. Barry as Capt. Marion Dougherty. Moffett as Det. Steve Park as Det. Mary Ella Ross as Featured. Kimberly Scott as Det. James Keane as Det.
Macon McCalman as Det. Richard Montoya as Det. Bruce Beatty as Police Clerk. Stephen Park as Detective Brian. Frederic Forrest as Surplus Store Owner. Mathew Saks as Officer At Station. Lois Smith as D-Fens' Mother.
Agustin Rodriguez as Gang Member 1. Ebbe Roe Smith as Guy on Freeway. Eddie Frias as Gang Member 2. It's ridiculous and insane, but it also cuts deep to the truths that all of us feel at times. I've seen a number of Joel Schumacher's films, but this is the only one I could imagine myself watching multiple times. It depicts the American dream better than most films out there.
It shows the everyman's struggle to conquer what he believes is wrong. It gives us a person to root for who is idealistic and filled with bravado, but also a man who is seriously flawed. I really believe this picture was ahead of its time; it didn't get incredible reviews, but I'd argue it's Joel Schumacher's crowning achievement. Looking for some great streaming picks?
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