falling_down

Brief summary:

Sometimes I truly forget about brilliant movies. This deserves to be on this blog, no doubt. Michael Douglas— this could be his best movie, period. Acting is superb, story is disturbingly funny (and relatable, in many, many ways), and it’s got those “fuck yeah!” moments.

Many people would consider Joel Schumacher one of the worst directors, ever (Batman and Robin, The Babysitter, etc). Not so. If he’s only remembered for just this movie, that’s a hell of a way to be remembered.

Falling Down is about a crazy man named Bill (a-ka “D-Fens”), who, at the beginning of the film, is losing his mind, stuck in traffic in the oppressive Los Angeles heat. He gets to the point where he just decides to abandon his car and walk home.

Along the way, he finds himself in the ghetto, encountering foreign convenience-store owners who charge way too much for their snacks, gang members who are a bit too protective of their territory, and racist/homophobic business owners who think Hitler was cool. Each and every encounter makes Bill a bit more angry.

Every now and then, Bill makes a phone call to his ex-wife, who has him on a restraining order. He doesn’t really fully grasp this, as all he wants to do is get “home” and see his cute little daughter Ariel on her birthday. Will he make it “home”? Or will all of these people get in his way, and make him even more angry?

Superb acting by Douglas, Robert Duvall and a handful of lesser-known actors. Falling Down truly deserves the title “underrated film”.

-Chris Caulder

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