Release Date: August 24th, 2007 (Angelika Film Center and AMC Empire 25) by Roadside Attractions.
The Cast: Mary McCormack, Rory Cochrane, Tony Perez, Scotty Noyd Jr., John Huertas.
Directed by Chris Gorak.
BASIC PREMISE: Dirty bombs explode throughout Los Angeles, trapping Brad (Cochrane) in his home while his contaminated wife, Lexi (McCormack), remains outside.
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: Right at Your Door combines the paranoia of 28 Days Later along with the palpable tension of Arlington Road. Brad, an out-of-work-musician, and his wife, Lexi, wake up for what they think will be just another normal day in their suburban home. Lexi heads out for her work in downtown Los Angeles. Little do they know that an assortment of dirty bombs will go off throughout the city, contaminating civilians with a mysterious disease. Brad hears about the explosions on the radio and he rushes out to find his wife, only to be forced to turn back by the police. From this point on, the plot becomes relentlessly intense and disturbing. The only information Brad, as well as the audience, has is from brief news reports on the radio, which instruct everyone to stay locked up at home and to tape up their windows. A neighbor (Perez) manages to force himself into the house for safety, but when Lexi suddenly returns and desperately knocks on his door, he has no choice but to lock her out because she’s obviously contaminated by the ashes and has the mysterious, contagious disease—which includes lots of coughing. Writer/director Chris Gorak wisely includes more questions than answers, thereby, increasing the suspense, confusion and general paranoia. It’s not clear who set the bombs off or what their motive is or what the president is doing about the situation. What’s clear, though, is that Brad and Lexi are both in extreme danger and need to be rescued as soon as possible. Not much happens in terms of plot development until the shocking third act, but at least everything including e strong performances, a fast pace, an effective musical score and a relentless paranoia, make you feel just as tense and frightened as the characters you’re watching.
SPIRITUAL VALUE: None, other than how incompetent and slow the government can be in their response to a catastrophe—does Hurricane Katrina ring a bell?
INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: None.
NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 0
IN A NUTSHELL: 28 Days Later without the zombies. Relentlessly terrifying and intense. One of the most disturbing thrillers with palpable tension since Arlington Road.
RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: Movie Theater
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