Falling Down

Falling Down

This film, about a downsized engineer (Michael Douglas) who goes ballistic, triggered a media avalanche of stories about middle-class white rage when it was released in 1993. In fact, it's nothing more than a manipulative, violent melodrama about one geek's meltdown. Douglas, complete with pocket protector, nerd glasses, crewcut, and short-sleeved white shirt, gets stuck in traffic one day near downtown L.A. and proceeds to just walk away from his car--and then lose it emotionally. Everyone he encounters rubs him the wrong way--and a fine lot of stereotypes they are, from threatening ghetto punks to rude convenience store owners to a creepy white supremacist--and he reacts violently in every case. As he walks across L.A. (now there's a concept), cutting a bloody swath, he's being tracked by a cop on the verge of retirement (Robert Duvall). He also spends time on the phone with his frightened ex-wife (Barbara Hershey). Though Douglas and Duvall give stellar performances, they can't disguise the fact that, as usual, this is another film from director Joel Schumacher that is about surface and sensation, rather than actual substance. --Marshall Fine

Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
  1 win & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
A Tale Of Urban Reality.
The adventures of an ordinary man at war with the everyday world.

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  • David Rivait
    David Rivait
    I dont need Marshall Fine's idiot leftist opinion of the film...I just want a precis..thats his job...Shut up and leave the review to reviewers.
    LikeReplyReport 62 years ago
    • nicholasm.05785
      awe, did someone insult your daddy? #sad
      LikeReplyReport10 months ago

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