Falling Down [1992] [1993]

Falling Down [1992] [DVD] [1993]

Release Date: June 1, 2006
Studio: Warner Home Video
Actors: Michael Douglas, Robert Duvall, Barbara Hershey, Tuesday Weld, Rachel Ticotin
Directors: Joel Schumacher
Runtime: 108 minutes

Falling Down, about a downsized engineer (Michael Douglas) who goes ballistic, triggered a media avalanche of stories in the USA about middle-class white rage when it was released in 1993. In fact, its nothing more than a manipulative, violent melodrama about one geeks meltdown. Douglas, complete with pocket protector, nerd glasses, crewcut and short-sleeved white shirt, gets stuck in traffic one day near downtown LA and proceeds to just walk away from his car--and then lose it emotionally. Everyone he encounters rubs him the wrong way--and a fine lot of stereotypes they are, from threatening ghetto punks to rude convenience store owners to a creepy white supremacist--and he reacts violently in every case. As he walks across LA (now theres a concept), cutting a bloody swath, hes being tracked by a cop on the verge of retirement (Robert Duvall). He also spends time on the phone with his frightened ex-wife (Barbara Hershey). Though Douglas and Duvall give stellar performances, they cant disguise the fact that, as usual, this is another film from director Joel Schumacher that is about surface and sensation, rather than actual substance. --Marshall Fine