“I am not a vigilante. I am just trying to get home to my little girl’s birthday party and if everyone will just stay out of my way, nobody will get hurt.”
- Falling Down
In the movie, we have a normal all around guy William Foster (played by Michael Douglas) who followed all the rules in life yet for some reason still ended up with the short end of the stick.
First his family, then his job – it all took a downturn spiral. Factor in having a really bad day (we’ve all had them!) where nothing seems to go his way and people try to push him around – it just gets worse from there. And, by worse – I mean ballistic.
It’s like just being pushed over the edge, to the point where you are so down in life that you have nothing to lose yet everything to gain. Very interesting concept.
I think what’s more interesting about the movie is the different perspectives – each character he interacts with seems to see him in a different way, a bad way. And, it’s rather comical yet brilliant to see and hear the dialogue from different points of view.
One of my favorite quotes was during the beginning of the film in the convenient store. All Foster wanted to do was get some change for the pay phone.
Though, it ended up being quite a battle with the shop keeper even to do that. And, what I found interesting about this scene was the two different viewpoints portrayed. I don’t want to ruin it for those who have not seen the film, but let’s just say it was a pretty powerful yet comical scene with some very good points.
(Note: One of my favorite quotes in this scene was when Foster said, “You think I’m a thief? Oh, you see, I’m not the thief. I’m not the one charging 85 cents for a *stinking* soda! You’re the thief. I’m just standing up for my rights as a consumer.”)
And, it just wasn’t this scene – it was scene after scene with the same message. Again, it was all a matter of perspective – we have different viewpoints on how we see things based on our past and present experiences in life. There were definitely some very brilliant moments in the film.
This movie may not dazzle everyone. It’s one of those films that you really have to read into – it has a message, a very powerful message that may not get across to everyone. But, if you listen carefully to the words and pay to attention to the actions taken you just might catch them.
Overall, I enjoyed the film. It’s one of those movies that really does make you think about how we view the world – people see the world through different eyes. One person may see things in a different way than someone else. And, in the end – it’s all a matter of perspective.
If you’re in the mood for an action type of movie that makes you think, I definitely recommend this one.
Happy movie watching!
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