Las Vegas Film Society

FALLING DOWN

A Tale Of Urban Reality

WARNER BROS. presents
in association with LE STUDIO CANAL+, REGENCY ENTERPRISES and ALCOR FILMS
an ARNOLD KOPELSON production a JOEL SCHUMACHER film MICHAEL DOUGLAS ROBERT DUVALL "FALLING DOWN"
BARBARA HERSHEY RACHEL TICOTIN FREDERIC FORREST and TUESDAY WELD music by JAMES NEWTON HOWARD
co-producer DAN KOLSTRUD edited by PAUL HIRSCH, a.c.e. production designer BARBARA LING
director of photography ANDRZEJ BARTKOWIAK executive producer ARNON MILCHAN written by EBBE ROE SMITH
produced by ARNOLD KOPELSON, HERSCHEL WEINGROD and TIMOTHY HARRIS directed by JOEL SCHUMACHER

Ya know, the other day I was scanning through my vast collection of films looking for which ones I should write up (I imagine eventually I will have written up them all), when I ran accross "Falling Down."

This is one of my favorite films. It will take you from one extreme to the other. From a moment where you feel the pain and lonliness of the main character, to the next where you will see him deal out justice to some street thugs.

This film is as deep as it is violent. Set on the hottest day of the summer in Santa Monica, this movie opens with Michael Douglas abandoning his gridlocked car in favor of walking to his destination. Unfortunately, this decision puts him in the worse neiborhood in town.

This movie is at times funny, horrifyingly violent, and very realistic in the portrayals of the characters. You will find yourself routing for the main character for the majority of the movie. During the first 2/3rds of the movie, you'll cheer as Michael Douglas's character does things we all wish we could do (like blowing up the payphone when someone complains that he's been on it too long.)

Unfortunately (and I am very glad that this part of the movie was put in), after awhile you see the main character doing things that you are *NOT* routing for. Proving that when someone crosses the line into insanity, you cross entirely, not just part the way.

After a somewhat slow beginning, this movie begins it's roller-coaster pace that it keeps up until the very end. This movie is a captivating, edge of your seat thriller with some deep thoughts and lessons we all could learn about surviving in the "urban jungle."

"Falling Down" is a fantastic way to spend 113 minutes of your life. If you haven't already seen this movie, I highly recomment it on your next visit to the rental store. Just make sure you bring home plenty of popcorn and suds for the gang.

"FALLING DOWN" is Rated "R" for extreme violence and strong language. There is no nudity in this film.

-The LVFS


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