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  • Summary: After multiple dirty bombs are detonated, spreading deadly toxic ash across Los Angeles, Brad inadvertently quarantines his wife, Lexi, outside their new home by safely sealing himself inside. With the city under siege and martial law in affect, Brad and Lexi struggle to survive with little supply, limited time, and no information--all the while separated by thin doors and thinner sheets of plastic. When "help" finally does arrive, it appears to be anything but. (Lions Gate) Expand
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. There are no zombies to distract from the plausibility of Right at Your Door. And that's what makes this smart, coolly horrifying American indie thriller one of the scariest movies you're likely to see all year — a post-9/11 nightmare about terrorism, panic, and paranoia with real, waking-life implications.
  2. 78
    This is frightening stuff, ably helmed (by writer/director Gorak, art director on the nerve janglers Fight Club and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas), viciously acted, and altogether horrific in ways George A. Romero could imagine only through the lens of the darkest sort of fantasy.
  3. The two actors are solid, never overplaying scenes and capturing well that slow realization that their lives are never going to be the same.
  4. 63
    McCormack and Cochrane can't transcend the clichéd, meandering dialogue, so Brad and Lexi's dilemma never feels like anything but a didactic contrivance.
  5. The characters devolve into boring narcissists. And the movie devolves into a broad-brush dark satire of emergency bureaucracy that feels a lot sillier than the post-9/11 panic attack of the first half-hour.
  6. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    50
    Chris Gorak grabs the viewer by the throat in the first few minutes, but quickly fritters away involvement by concentrating almost exclusively on two characters who are both annoying and boring.
  7. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    38
    The film is low budget but puffed with self-importance, and it offers proof that Hollywood filmmakers should probably steer clear of topics that actually matter.

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  1. Dec 31, 2010
    8
    If you like drama with a decent sci fi premise, good acting, directing, and dialogue, and do not mind a sparse, stage like but solid production, watch this movie. The story is primarily about two people who are close and familiar, (maybe too much so), and how the effect of a major catastrophic event affects their lives and relationship with each other. There is nothing new or unusual here. But it is the telling of the story, and the characters, that make this movie compelling.

    I was reminded of Romero's "The Crazies" and "Night (and "Dawn") of the Living Dead", as well as "The Thing", "Blindness", "Quarantine", and the superior and little known Indie film "Last Night". Also, to a lesser extent, I was reminded of "The Andromeda Strain" and "Outbreak", with just a a whiff of, (strangely enough), "Kramer versus Kramer". Depending on your perspective, these movies share a sense of dislocation for the characters from their familiar, comfortable, ordinary day to day realities due to special events beyond their control. These are movies where people as groups and/or as individuals are separated from each other by choice or by force, while the "humanity" the justification and the "reasoning" for these separations can be considered from an objective outsider as arbitrary, primal level, survival instinct. None, or all, of these movies mentioned adequately represent this movie. They each stand, or fall, on their own merits. And each has it's own distinct direction, dialogue, faults, flaws, and recommendations.

    The lead actors were familiar without being famous, which allowed for more personalized interpretation of the characters by the director and actors. This helped to provide a stage like experience on film with out looking like a stage play refilmed. The suspense for the most part is maintained with effective if uninspired use of camera angles, better than average dialogue between the two lead characters, and the clever use of the contradiction between what is really happening to the characters and what is being broadcast on the radio and TV news stations. This helped to make up for lack of effects and multi camera shots. edits and limited scene changes. Therefore the movie is a bit claustrophobic, and considering the scenario, that is appropriate. The introduction of other actors both on and off screen playing small parts are effective plot devices and reveal the effectiveness of the news on fooling both the victims and the unaffected population. The news reports misinformation, rumors and out right lies as fact, and the gullible population, like mice in a maze, are willingly lured into a sense of comfort and away from mass hysteria. At one point the truth of what is being witnessed is denied by the victims themselves in favor of accepting the more positive, if obviously inaccurate, news reports. When do we stop being human and start to become "news zombies" controlled by the media? In less deft hands this movie could have sunk to a stereotypical hackneyed overly political sub par soap opera. The viewer is presented with the situations, and is for the most part left to decide on the political, personal, philosophical reasons and blame for the incidents and the actions of the characters.
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  2. HWND.
    Aug 25, 2007
    8
    Excellent low budget thriller. Well made and well acted. Definitely recommended!
  3. NO
    Aug 27, 2007
    2
    Boring, boring, boring. The first ten minutes promise a tense, suspenseful, thriller. Then, husband, wife, and audience spend the next hour or so waiting around for something to happen. Finally, after a long boring movie there is a twist ending that doesn't make up for time and money wasted. Expand