A laid-off defense worker, kept from seeing his child on her birthday by a restraining order, looks at the landscape of moral decay in Los Angeles on one hot, congested day and, after being mugged, snaps. What follows is his bitter and pathetic mission of justice, vengeance and vindication that reads uncomfortably like too many news stories. Michael Douglas is identified only by his character's license plate, D-FENS, in this attack on social ills, a film originally seen as the displacement of power felt by many white American males.
Pros: Fairly good story line Cons: Violence As the old saying goes, "it wasn't that my dog died, that my mother-in-law moved in, that I have corns, hypertension, that I lost my job and my best friend called me to let me know my husband was cheating with her ...... it was the fact that my shoestring broke and I was already running late for work". That sums up Falling Down in a nutshell. When pushed finally to the edge … more