It's just not William Foster's (Michael Douglas) day. Laid off from his defense job, Foster gets stuck in the middle of the mother of all traffic jams. Desirous of attending his daughter's birthday party at the home of his ex-wife (Barbara Hershey), Foster abandons his car and begins walking, encountering one urban humiliation after another (the Korean shopkeeper who obstinately refuses to give change is the worst of the batch). He also slowly unravels mentally, finally snapping at a fast-food restaurant that refuses to serve him breakfast because it's "too late." Running amok with an arsenal of weapons at the ready, Foster -- also known as "D-FENS" because of his vanity license plate -- rapidly becomes a source of terror to some, a folk hero to others. It's up to reluctant cop Prendergast (Robert Duvall), on the eve of his retirement, to bring D-FENS down.~Hal Erickson
Commentary by Michael Douglas and Director Joel Schumacher
I saw this over 25 (!) years ago at the theatre, and STILL recalled scenes from this gem. Seeing this DVD recently reminded me WHY it stayed lodged in grey matter all these years. Very relatable material, and as effective today as it was when made. Earthy, unsettling, AWESOME.............. If you've not seen this, put it on your "to do" list, you'll be glad you did.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Solid pre-apocalyptic 90's fare
Owned for 5 months when reviewed.
There's been something compelling about this movie to me for many years. It's a tragic glimpse into a slightly disturbed and broken man's descent when pushed too far and how his life intersects with others in a bleak 1990s Los Angeles landscape. Michael Douglas turns in a great performance, as does Robert Duvall.