Arlington Road

"Excellent"

Arlington Road Review


Thrillers can be really bad. When was the last time you saw a good thriller? It takes sound acting, a creative premise and most of all, suspense. Arlington Road, the new film starring Jeff Bridges and Tim Robbins, has a paranoia factor set in. There are many moments in this movie where I felt paranoid and creepy (and this was after I saw Eyes Wide Shut).

Jeff Bridges stars as Michael Faraday, and teacher at George Washington University who teaches a course on American Terrorism. Some people think that this was convenient given the plot of the film, but I think that it's a way of already instilling a sense of fear and uncertainty. In the first scene, Faraday rescues a young boy who had lit some fireworks and forgot to throw them. The boy is coincidentally the son of their neighbors, Oliver and Cheryl Lang (Tim Robbins and Joan Cusack, both extremely creepy and frightening). After some hunches about Oliver, Michael starts to do some investigating and what he turns up is not pretty.

I am surprised that Tim Robbins hasn't played many villains before. Everything down to the serious, intimidating looks on his face just scream evil. Although, he does have a lot of range as an actor, he can play both good guy and bad guy. Joan Cusack scared the bejesus out of me with her sinister smile that never seemed sinister on screen before. Both these actors are excellent and key to the flow of the movie.

As for Bridges, his intentions are good but I don't think that he's right for the part. He's a great actor, but it's hard for him to be emotional without someone laughing at him. Faraday is a man who is scared; even when there's nothing to be scared about. I just didn't buy him in this role.

This is a top-notch thriller that kept me wanting more. I'm usually not taken or frightened by thrillers but this one had me on the edge of my seat the whole time, right up until the refreshingly creative surprise ending.

Peeping Jeff.



Arlington Road

Facts and Figures

Run time: 117 mins

In Theaters: Friday 9th July 1999

Budget: $21.5M

Distributed by: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Production compaines: Lakeshore Entertainment, Screen Gems, Arlington Road Productions Corporation, Gorai / Samuelson Productions, Samuelson Productions

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 4 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 62%
Fresh: 55 Rotten: 34

IMDB: 7.2 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Starring: as Michael Faraday, as Oliver Lang, as Cheryl Lang, as Brooke Wolfe, as FBI Agent Whit Carver, as Brady Lang, as Grant Faraday, as Dr. Archer Scobee, Viviane Vives as Nurse, Lee Stringer as Orderly, Darryl Cox as Troopmaster, as Delivery Man, Sid Hillman as Phone Technician, Auden Thornton as Hannah Lang, Mary Ashleigh Green as Daphne Lang

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