Arlington Road (1999)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB

USA, 1999.  Screen Gems, Lakeshore Entertainment, Arlington Road Productions Corporation, Gorai / Samuelson Productions, Samuelson Productions. Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Idiotic, arch thriller about a university professor (Jeff Bridges, giving a ridiculous performance) who begins to realize that his next-door neighbours (Tim Robbins, Joan Cusack) are actually terrorists intent on blowing up major city buildings in protest of whatever they’re pissed off about. Bridges, having lost his first wife in a terrorist incident, is an expert on the subject matter, and therefore his accusations fall on deaf ears when he tries to warn his new wife (Hope Davis) and friends of the imminent danger.

The film is an attempt to finally show that the enemy in these situations is not some random foreign person from the eastern hemisphere (like in True Lies) but actually much closer to home; unfortunately, more often than not, Robbins and Cusack’s characters come off as Twilight Zone versions of Mr. and Mrs. Rogers (check out his hair and her dresses), and the scene where Bridges visits them and their “coven” at a barbecue is too Rosemary’s Baby to be believably scary.

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