March 21, 2012

Falling Down - 1993

Director: Joel Schumacher
Writer: Ebbe Roe Smith

Starring: Michael Douglas, Robert Duvall, Barbara Hershey

William Foster (Douglas) is mad as hell, and he's not going to take it anymore! All of life's little problems, coupled with a violent nature, cause a mental breakdown, and the city of Los Angeles becomes the victim of the ensuing rage.

Just to get this out of the way, Duvall plays a cop on his last day before retirement who insists on leaving desk duty when he hears repeated reports of a white guy in a white shirt and tie committing random acts of violence. Yes, we've seen this trope before, and yes, this was directed by the same guy responsible for both this and this, but somehow it turned out incredible. I'm going to have to put this squarely on the shoulders of Douglas and Duvall, with credit to the film's supporting cast as well (notably one self-loathing homophobic neo-Nazi). Falling Down is a great time capsule of immediate post-Communism America, and certainly resonates with anyone who's had a day where nothing goes right for them. A

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