Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Right At Your Door (2006)

So I was looking for something spooky to watch, and this has been sitting my my Netflix Watch Instantly queue for some time. Like a long time, so I figured I would take a shot at it. This could basically be a three person play. It all takes place pretty much in one location. There is two main characters, and a few others (some faceless due to gas masks) come in and out, but it boils down to basically a two person drama. It is about a husband and wife played by Rory Cochrane (Slater from Dazed and Confused) and Mary McCormack who live in the hills of L.A. One day, Mary goes off to work leaving Rory (not their names in the movie obviously) home, and a dirty bomb, or several, go off in an around the downtown L.A. area. One of the things that the movie does really well, is besides some chilling scenes of toxic ash falling from the sky, and the view of smoke rising from downtown L.A., is that the husband only gets his information, along with the audience, from whatever they are telling him n the radio. The best part is probably the beginning when the explosions first happen and he races around, confused and scared, trying to figure out what to do as reports come fast and furious the radio, and he catches glimpses of police trying to control the area, many starting to don gas masks. He is told to seal up his house, and eventually his wife finds her way home and he has to decide whether or not to let her into the house. It's interesting too, how the flow of information is handled, as per usual there is just as much rumor thats turned into fact. Overall, it turns into a drama involving just the husband and wife, trying to wait things out. I have to admit after the killer opening, it drags some in the middle, and leads to a real kicker of an ending. 

But it jangled my nerves enough, evoking enough memories of what it was like on the morning of 9/11 that I had to watch something in a more goofy realm of horror afterwards to sort of wash the taste out of my mouth, so to speak. Hence:


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