Friday, July 15, 2011
I am not economically viable, I am obsolete
Falling Down tells the story of a distraught and recently displaced loner. The movie shares a similar structure and nihilistic tone to the book .
Joel Schumacher is known today only as the persona non-grata who was demonized by fan boys everywhere for wrecking the Batman franchise before Christopher Nolan resurrected it in 2005. But back in 1993 Schumacher was a confident filmmaker at the top of his game and hot off of two artistic and commercial triumphs, The Lost Boys (1987) and Flatliners (1990).
Falling Down holds up a mirror to society around us and what we see is not pretty. But in an era when thirty million people hang on every word and Michelle Bachmann say, the hate merchants dominate the airwaves and become overnight millionaires, and raging Tea Party Patriots and armed militias threaten to “take back their country”; it is a film that is more relevant than ever before.