Friday, June 1, 2012

Falling Down (1993)

Synopsis: Dilbert finally snaps.

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “The freeways are clogged. Terror stalks our cities. And at shops and restaurants, the customer is seldom right. The pressures of big-city life can anger anyone. But Bill Foster is more than angry. He’s slipping over the edge. And ready to get even.”

What Did I Learn?: 1) If you’re going to beg for spare change and claim you haven’t eaten in days, it might be a good idea to finish your hotdog, first. 2) The best offence is a good D-Fens. (Come on – that was funny!)

You Might Like This Movie If: You’ve always wanted to see this scene kicked up a notch.

Really?: 1) I had a bit of trouble believing two gang-bangers firing sub-machine guns couldn’t hit a stationary target (wearing a bright, white shirt!) during a drive-by shooting. 2) I realize Bill Foster (Michael Douglas) has been unemployed for a month, but how many people would walk around with a giant hole in their shoe? 3) A bazooka? Oh, come on...somebody filmed that scene to create a more enticing movie trailer.

Rating: Falling Down is an enjoyable film with excellent performances (Robert Duvall is quite likeable as a henpecked, and world-weary cop struggling to make it through his last day on the force, while Michael Douglas is superb as Bill Foster: a frustrated, Type-A engineer who's also struggling - and failing - to hold on to his deteriorating middle-class lifestyle) and a number of very funny scenes. Alas, the first half is far superior to the second; Bill’s crimes quickly escalate in their severity, he becomes progressively nuttier, and it becomes obvious Falling Down isn’t going to end well. 7/10 stars.

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