Director Joel Schumacher was well-known for bring a dark and stylish flair to his films, from teenage vampires in The Lost Boys to benippled Batmen in in his neon-soaked Gotham City. By contrast, his 1993 potboiler starring Michael Douglas and Robert Duvall stands in the unflinching glare of the Los Angeles summer sun, with two middle-aged men on a collision course for a sunset showdown on the Venice Pier. Critics were mixed at the time of the film’s release, with Douglas’s character seen as the embodiment of the “angry white man” stereotype. The passage of time may have been less kind, as character’s attitudes towards multiculturalism and political correctness serve as cable news talk show and chat room fodder for the far right. But right or wrong, left or right, this week’s movie is Falling Down… and that’s what’s up!
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