Right at Your Door dir. by

20 September 2006

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I’m not quite sure what I was expecting from this film, but I didn’t get it. The plot should have been able to create tension and drama easily enough. After all you can’t really get more tension filled than a terrorist attack now can you? Well, maybe if you through in the fact that the bombs were “dirty bombs” and so anyone contaminated by the blast may be a threat to you. Your loved ones, the ones you are hoping come home to you, they might be the very people to kill you.

Sounds as though it could be interesting doesn’t it?

Well it isn’t. The most entertaining section of the entire film is watching the opening credits. And even they got a little wearisome after a few names had shown up.

I don’t really know why it didn’t work. The actors were fine. They were believable in their roles, although I suppose some of their actions were a little strange. The characters themselves were also fine. Although maybe the writer could have let us get to know them a bit better before launching in with the action.

Actually, I think that is where the problem lies. There is no real action. It is all a waiting game. We don’t see the bombs go off, we hear about them and then see the clouds of smoke and ash in the distance. We don’t even get tv shots, instead we hear the radio. Which for some reason always seems to be tuned to the same station. But that is irrelevant. The fact is that in order for this set-up to work tension has to be created by the fact that as viewers we do not know what is happening, not whom to trust. The police, army and so-called medical teams don’t really seem to be helping.

But I just didn’t care about these characters at all. They failed to engage me and I didn’t care whether they lived or died. Even the introduction of a young boy didn’t work, because he wasn’t used properly. And you’d hope that a film with one of the central protagonists is trapped inside his house by duct tape and the threat of what lurks in the air outside might be a little claustrophobic, but alas, no. Not a hint.

I suppose it could be seen as an achievement, of sorts. Managing to make a huge terrorist attack, complete with distrust, paranoia and toxic germs, seem boring. But not an achievement I want to celebrate.

Overall very disappointing, and boring film. Show Spoiler ▼

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7 Responses

  1. anne says:

    Alan apparently doesn't quite agree…

    Are you really updating this every hour, or is Bloglines crazy with this post? ;)

    (by the way, the spoiler shows on said Bloglines)

  2. Fence says:

    Not updating every hour, I think Bloglines just loves this post :) I've changed the rss options so it should just be a summary that gets sent out now. that should ensure the spoiler doesn't show.

    I'm off now to read Alan's

  3. Alan says:

    Actually I did agree to an extent, particularly about the ending. I thoroughly enjoyed the first half hour or so, but felt it got weaker as it went on, and the "twist" just didn't make any sense at all.

  4. Fence says:

    I sortof liked the opening. But as it went on and on, it seemed to be repeating the same few note again and again. Which made me dislike it. just wasn't tight enough to work I think.

  5. James says:

    It was indeed far too boring and repetative. If it had been a 35 min short story, I think it would have been very satisfying. The main character was such a creep, <spoiler>it was great to see him die at the end. The best part of the film was when the wife came home clambering up to the door and he wouldn't let her in.</spoiler> Hah.

  6. Fence says:

    Hope you don't mind James, but I've edited your comment to hide the spoiler. I think you are right though, if it had been a short it would have been a lot more satisfying.

    Personally if any friend of mine <spoiler>came to the door after a bombing, I'm pretty sure I'd let them in, no matter what the govt or radio said. Well, unless their nose was falling off from disease or something</spoiler>

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