Last year, between the two of us, we watched an average of 317 movies.
This year our goal is to top that by watching at least one a day.
And as an extra special torture, we've decided to write about all of them.

10 July 2008

Right at Your Door, dir. Chris Gorak (2006)

NIKKI says:
Oh man... it was like I was trapped in my house, too, and the slightest movement might send up dust fumes that would make me cough up blood, like poor Lexi in the movie. Oh, it was creepy. But, so well done.

A series of dirty bombs go off in downtown Los Angeles and the city is closed off. Brad's wife, Lexi, has just left for the city on her way to work. When the bomb goes off and he looks out the window to see LA on fire, Brad acts on instinct -- he goes to find her. But it's not that simple. Cops are blocking the roads. They don't want anyone heading into the city. The word comes down that everyone in the outlying suburbs should seal their homes away from the toxic fumes and wait.

Brad wants so badly to find his wife and have her be safe that he can't bring himself to seal off his front door. With no sign of Lexi, he gives in and does what the radio tells him to do. And then Lexi returns.

Oh god! It's so harrowing what these two go through. And it's difficult to say any more about the film without giving the good stuff away. It's a great comment on how we react in crises and who we choose to trust, to follow, and pin our hopes on. It's also a great comment on relationships and their strengths and weaknesses when faced with difficulties. It's about panic and fear, it's about resistance and truth.

A really decent movie with some great writing, some shocking effects, and a central idea that might once have seemed far fetched, but now feels somewhat inevitable. Steve and I instinctively answered this movie's big question at the same time, and then I spent the rest of it wondering it I had been truthful. What, the movie dares you to answer, would you do?


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