Right at Your Door (3 stars)

(15) 95min


This seems to be the year that Hollywood has decided it was safe to address 9/11, with both Paul Greengrass’ United 93 and Oliver Stone’s forthcoming World Trade Centre underlining the need of the American people to heed the NeoCon way. It has taken an independent movie based around a fictional chemical attack on LA to depict a reaction to a terrorist attack that shows Americans in a less than positive and utilitarian light and also demonstrate how years of Western governments crying ‘wolf’ has created an environment of scepticism and disbelief in some citizens.

Director Chris Gorak previously worked in the art and production departments of several anti-establishment movies ?" Fight Club, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Lords of Dogtown. These films have obviously informed his main character Brad (Rory Cochrane). When a dirty bomb hits LA, Right at Your Door throws up a brilliant moral quandary as Brad’s girlfriend Lexi (The West Wing’s Mary McCormack) arrives home having been exposed to chemical gases. Should Brad let her in? Should Lexi follow radio advice and seek medical help when Brad has become convinced that this is a government ploy to round up and exterminate those affected (a policy that the British Government has been reportedly ready to deploy should circumstances dictate). Although intriguing in conception, the melodrama that ensues and budgetary constraints ensure that this picture still has many flaws, most notably a conclusion that goes against the grain of the picture’s primary thrust. But the central premise is certainly an intriguing one.

Selected release from Fri 8 Sep.

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