5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie with solid performances
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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad.
'Falling Down' is movie about a man who finally snaps because he feels his society, family, and friends have cheated him. He goes on a rampage across Los Angeles only to find that it doesn't solve anything. A fascinating idea, but it wasn't executed that well. Might be worth watching though.
Published on July 2 2004 by Dhaval Vyas
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie with solid performances,
This review is from: Falling Down / L'Enragé (Deluxe Edition) (DVD)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!
5.0 out of 5 stars Bon film,
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Falling Down,
5.0 out of 5 stars Who is the bad guy here?,
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Buy!,
4.0 out of 5 stars Stress test,
5.0 out of 5 stars a social commentary on our times(with a searing performance by Michael Douglas),
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
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad.,
This review is from: Falling Down (VHS Tape)'Falling Down' is movie about a man who finally snaps because he feels his society, family, and friends have cheated him. He goes on a rampage across Los Angeles only to find that it doesn't solve anything. A fascinating idea, but it wasn't executed that well. Might be worth watching though.
5.0 out of 5 stars RIGHT IDEA, WRONG EXECUTION,
Yes, indeed, one can see why Douglas is so mad...it's just that his way of dealing with it is not one that we all should take.
Joel Schumacher's direction is right on, I think; people tend to like to pan Schumacher, when he has actually given us some vastly entertaining films. He knows what the audience wants and he knows that in FALLING DOWN, there can be no happy endings, so let's just enjoy Douglas getting revenge on people we'll never get a chance to!
Douglas is superb in the role, one of his best performances. Robert Duvall is very good in his role of the almost retired cop; Tuesday Weld is dazzling in her brief role as Duvall's wife; Rachel Ticotin does well in her role as Duvall's partner; John Diehl is very effective in his very brief role as the guy at the pool who offers to go with Douglas in order to protect his wife and child; and Barbara Hershey does wonders as Douglas' ex-wife.
Manipulative thought it may be, FALLING DOWN makes a statement, and makes one wonder what we would do if we snapped like Douglas!!!
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining but Flawed by a Substandard Director,
"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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