Falling Down

Falling Down

Blu-ray Disc - 2009
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After he's downsized from his job, an emotionally unstable man slowly loses his mind, unleashing on those that he sees as a detriment to society. Special features include commentary by Michael Douglas and Joel Schumacher; Deconstructing D-Fens: A conversation with Michael Douglas; Theatrical Trailer.
Publisher: [United States] : Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., 2009
Branch Call Number: FAL
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (112 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Jun 17, 2018

Michael Douglas is having a bad day get worse as the day wears on. This is not the best movie of his career. The role is different!

Nov 21, 2016

Glaring racial stereotypes aside, this story of an angry white man with a gun lamenting over the fact that America is no longer great does touch a contemporary nerve, but director Joel Schumacher’s ham-fisted delivery is so insultingly facile that its deeper message of disposable lives and postmodern angst is lost in all the cinematic hubris. Douglas’ character is known only by his personalized license plate “D-FENS” (he works in a missile factory…get it?) and Los Angeles is conveniently reduced to a bubbling cauldron of country club elitists, lazy panhandlers, and unruly minorities—when D-Fens runs into his doppelgänger, an equally angry black man who just happens to be wearing the exact same outfit, I almost hit the eject button. And then, as if to make sure the stupider members of his audience get the message, Schumacher heaps on the ironies with outdoor murals of war and the Crucifixion strategically placed in the background along with garish signs blaring out “World Peace”, “Kill! Kill! Kill!”, and “No Matter, Never Mind”—and of course Old Glory makes several cameos in various stages of disrepair. Even a minor cut on D-Fens’ hand comes to resemble a bleeding stigmata. Duvall and Douglas do put in admirable performances considering what they had to work with, but casting Tuesday Weld as Duvall’s wife—a former beauty queen whose fading looks have transformed her into a psychotic cow—seems vaguely insulting. The rest of the cast put in performances that are just too awful to dwell upon. It did succeed in making me madder than hell though, but for all the wrong reasons.

Jul 24, 2015

Absolutely fabulous! A supposedly normal man gets out of his car at a traffic jam in LA and starts walking home. As he walks across LA, things happen to him on his way. Thus begins his descent into madness. One of the best films I've seen in a long time. FIVE STARS.

BookReviewer2015 Apr 28, 2015

A fascinating film about the worst day of an unemployed man's life. A very versatile performance from Michael Douglas.

Dec 21, 2014

Ebbe Roe Smith, the writer of this film, is a local Portland actor, and a fine one at that.

Dec 21, 2014

This is an excellent movie!
Michael Douglas is at his best and LA is at its grittiest. Watch society's norms crumble as Douglas' character stumbles through the LA labyrinth, seeking meaning and revenge.

aaa5756 Oct 31, 2011

This movie was entertaining and interesting but not one of my favorite for this year. “Not too bad---good performance”. "I fast forwarded a lot but not all the way.” B+ DVD


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