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, Rovi
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This is one of those movies that is a must see. So much of American psyche is attached to having a job. Finding a mate, starting a family, right college for kids, respect of your friends and family, etc. As it becomes harder to find jobs, those values are vanishing and with it what defined core of most men.
This was my second viewing and even though it was a long time between viewing, I enjoyed it all over again. Douglas was mad as hell and was not going to take it anymore. You will enjoy his counters with life.