Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Right At Your Door

I watched Right at Your Door as a viewer looking for entertainment. I had some issues with factual aspects of this film, but allowed myself the indulgence of accepting the premises put forth in order to enjoy this film. Initially, I thought this film would be a cheap knock-off disaster film meant to capitalize on current events. What I found instead was an intelligent (if not accurate) examination of the implications caused by fear and pending doom. Although slow at times, Right at Your Door offered an intelligent script that provided enough action to keep things interesting.

Chris Gorak wrote and directed Right at Your Door. This was Gorak’s debut as both Writer and Director. I was surprised to see that Gorak’s only credits were previous work primarily in the area of Art Directing. Although slow at times, the dialogue was fairly interesting. The characters were fairly well developed, although some of the character interactions felt a wee bit forced. The plot was fairly straight forward with a few minor sub-plots thrown in. It felt like some of the sub-plots were only added to stretch the film length to it’s 96 minute run time. If the pace were picked up just a bit and a few of the needless filler scenes were deleted, this film could probably be reduced by fifteen minutes. The interpersonal relationships that this film explores are interesting. The actions and reactions of the characters, for the most part, seemed well thought out. The characters were interesting enough that I cared about the outcome of the film.

Right at Your Door tells the story of a couple recently located to a new home very close to downtown Los Angeles. The male lead, Brad (performed by Rory Cochrane) is a musician who seems to be a doting husband to Lexi (Mary McCormack). Lexi works in downtown LA. The story quickly gets to work on the plot line, with Lexi leaving to work and Brad finding out shortly thereafter that bombs had been detonated in Los Angeles. After initial attempts to locate and rescue Lexi fail, Brad sets to work securing his house from airborne pathogens believed to be heading his direction. Assisted by a maintenance man (Tony Perez) who seeks shelter in Brad’s home, the doors and windows are soon covered with plastic and taped shut. Lexi survives the blasts, but returns home infected by toxic agents. The bulk of the story revolves around the dialogue and emotions evoked between Brad and Lexi who come to grips with their situation between sheets of plastic. The apparent ineptitude of the CDC to deal with the problem exasperates the situation as the couple gropes for answers and deliverance. Eventually, the gears of government kick in along with quarantines and antidotes where applicable. The ending provides a gimmicky twist, which is the only major plot device. The twist is a bit of a stretch, but did add to the overall story.

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