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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Très bon service et produit.
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Gabriel Daniel
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3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining but Flawed by a Substandard Director
Joel Schumacher, the director best known for putting nipples on the Batsuit, and thus ruining a perfectly good franchise, is an expert at taking something good and turning it into trash. He is, in fact, the prime example of a moviemaker who could've been, but isn't ... in all aspects of the phrase.
"Falling Down" could've been an gripping drama with tons of...
Published on June 28 2004 by Brennon A. Slattery


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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, July 3 2014
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Gabriel Daniel (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) - See all my reviews
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Très bon service et produit.
Merci,
Gabriel Daniel
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5.0 out of 5 stars Are We Not Men?, June 17 2014
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This review is from: Falling Down / L'Enragé (Bilingual) [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Falling down is well known as being a film about just how ill tempered office workers can be when they have a very bad day. This is unfortunate because it is actually so much more interesting than the usual yarns, which typically feature someone who is not very likeable reacting badly to something that happens before most of the audience have taken their seats and becoming more eccentrically violent until he, she or it runs out of bullets and the director runs out of celluloid. Falling Down isn't like that at all, much.

It is, in fact, a thoughtful look at the way in which an ordinary person can be trapped in the course of a day by a chain of unfortunate and extreme circumstances into morphing into someone by tea time who you would not have recognized at breakfast. This is achieved through a progression of scenes that chip away at the stoicism of protagonist William 'D-Fens' Foster, played admirably by Michael Douglas, exposing and exploiting formerly unsuspected weakness and flaws in his character, and ultimately remaking him as someone completely alien to the person we met at the start of the film. The metamorphosis of Foster's character is so complete that fate forces a visual transformation from a buttoned-down, white collar suburbanite with a briefcase at the outset to a wild-haired combat fatigue-wearing lunatic with a gym bag full of guns at the end.

The counterpoint to Foster's gradual crumbling is Detective Prendergast, played with inimitable style by Robert Duvall. Foster's day of dissolution coincides with Prendergast's last day on the job as a police detective. Facing retirement from a force in which he is a compassionate anachronism surrounded by a new generation of cops who are boisterously enthusiastic about living up to every movie cliché, Prendergast has seen the light and is now at a stage when he is more than happy to go hang up his badge. Unluckily for him, he happens to be just the sort of character who is able to see beyond a superficially random sequence of events and come to understand the mind of a man who has patently gone off the rails, plotting his movement from crime scene to crime scene and ultimately bringing about a dramatic confrontation.

Falling Down could have been called Falling Apart, since that is a better description of the real subject of the film (i.e. the disintegration of Foster's character). In fact, there is surprisingly little bloodshed and really only one actually done-on-purpose killing, two if you include the tragic concession to traditional Hollywood aesthetics at the end. Foster and Prendergast are two planets orbiting the same collapsing star, two men with diametrically opposing characters who, when viewed together, create the complete picture of the disintegration of a way of life. How well this picture is constructed through the unfolding of events makes Falling Down an exceptionally good film that really ought to provoke more thought.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie with solid performances, April 18 2013
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Michael Douglas and Robert Duvall nailed it with their performances. Beautiful atmospheric camera shots of the sweltering urban sprawl. The plot shows how quickly someone's life can unravel if they take their problems out on everyone else around them. It plays out like a slow motion nightmare trainwreck ride to sheer rock bottom. Lots of life's little first world problems prove unacceptable to Michael Douglas' character as he descends further and further into his personal urban hell. As serious and gloomy as this movie can be at times, it definitely has some laugh-out-loud black comedy moments as well. Although it may be too wild and over-the-top for some, I would still highly recommend it. It's a gritty ride through urban chaos. I loved this movie and you might too. Check it out!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bon film, March 11 2013
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Patrice Gagné "cable guy" (Canada) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Falling Down / L'Enragé (Bilingual) [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Ce film est très bon michael douglas y est vraiment génial , je vous le conseille si vous aimé ces films
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5.0 out of 5 stars Falling Down, March 2 2013
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Steve S. Morris (North Vancouver BC Canada) - See all my reviews
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Oh...wouldn't we all want to do what Michael Douglas has done when we have finally had enough! He stands up to what is wrong, but alas pays the ultimate price.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining but Flawed by a Substandard Director, June 28 2004
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Brennon A. Slattery (Somerville, MA USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Falling Down (DVD)
Joel Schumacher, the director best known for putting nipples on the Batsuit, and thus ruining a perfectly good franchise, is an expert at taking something good and turning it into trash. He is, in fact, the prime example of a moviemaker who could've been, but isn't ... in all aspects of the phrase.
"Falling Down" could've been an gripping drama with tons of social commentary tossed in. And for more than half of the film, Schumacher, with the help of an incredible performance by Michael Douglas, achieves this. Douglas's comments on the price of a can of soda reflect the frustration of the poor in rising inflation. His attack on the golf course, again, is a fist in the air for the needy in the United States. Not until Schumacher has Douglas shoot apart a telephone booth for the sake of shooting something to shreds does he lose the integrity of a good film. He is now out for bang and bucks, and from there, the whole movie goes somewhat downhill.
Yet not entirely. Michael Douglas still keeps this film afloat. His performance, as mentioned before, is one of the actor's greatest, and will be remembered alongside his reptilian turn in "Wall Street." Robert Duvall is great as the cop on the brink of retirement - a film cliche, but workable here - and when the pair finally meet, the sparks fly.
Yet in the meantime, Douglas's "comments" on society become more vague, or else they strike the viewer on the head with their obviousness. To mention the golf course scene again - Schumacher could've executed the comment beautifully without having Douglas burst into preachy prose. Subtlety is a skill Hollywood hasn't possessed since the birth of special effects. Everything is a hammer over the head. Moviemakers have no faith in their audience. They think we're stupid.
While "Falling Down" is a vastly entertaining film that has a great re-watch value, it still leaves you feeling dissatisfied in the end. You want something more. And that something is exactly what Schumacher, as long as he keeps making films, cannot give you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Who is the bad guy here?, Nov. 5 2011
This review is from: Falling Down (DVD)
Falling Down is one of those stories that split my sympathies with every scene. The film begins by portraying the sensation of a very hot Los Angeles day where everyone has reached their limits and many have surpassed it. The only real good guys in the story are Prendergast and Sandra but I couldn't help but sympathize with Bill Foster's plight as he desperately tried to be there for his daughter's birthday. This is a well written, well cast, and well acted story that held my interest to the very end. It's a movie that makes it very difficult to take a pause for a bathroom break because you really want to see what goes down next.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Buy!, Sept. 6 2011
This review is from: Falling Down (DVD)
Very satisfied... was posted as used `like new' and it is > like new. Shipping was quick ... no complains... good Buy!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Stress test, Aug. 18 2009
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G. E. Dell (Ontario) - See all my reviews
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Excellent entertainment - comedic and poignant. Good performance by Douglas. Glimpse into the stress of modern-day America and the mental challenges that some people and their families face.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a social commentary on our times(with a searing performance by Michael Douglas), Feb. 1 2008
This review is from: Falling Down (DVD)
wow.this movie blew me away.it was relevant then,and it's even more
relevant today.Michael Douglas gives a searing performance as an
ordinary man who has a really bad day,and explodes under the
pressure.his character is someone anyone who lives in the big city can
relate to and feel empathy for.not only does the film examine what
happens when an ordinary is pushed past the breaking limit,it also
examines the ramification of that person's action and the effect on
that person and others.it also shows how silly we have gotten as a
society,with all of our ridiculous ways of doing business.it's almost
as if things are set up deliberately for someone to lose control.Joel
Schumacker(Phonebooth)directed this movie and although i'm not
generally a fan,he impressed me here.i also liked the writing and the
dialogue.the supporting cast are also good,but this is Douglas's
show.to,me this is a career making performance.a masterpiece,if i've
ever seen one. 5/5
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