Under-Rated and Unappreciated Film (by lambiepie-2)
This is one of those films that will be dug up many decades from now and folks will be questioning why it wasn't one of the best films of that year.This film is shocking, it's makes one feel paranoid, it makes one question government, security, makes one realize how deep love can go and that is love of spouse/country/political beliefs.This film provides a great performance by Jeff Bridges, with excellent performances by Tim Robbins and Joan Cusack. Most of all, it will get you to think. This is not a film for those who do not want to venture into a different type of a mind of a <more>
"terrorist", this is not the film for those who want to see happy endings, especially if you want the government to come in and save characters. It doesn't. This is a film that takes every notion and bends them, especially the subject matter.In 1999, who would wonder if their neighbors harbored any ill will? You do now. In 1999 who would think that terrorist think this way? You do now. In 1999 who would think that anyone as normal looking, white upper middle classed, as those neighbors were associated with fanatics? You do now. this film, for all its glory and mistakes, IS a view into a future..or a past..or both?Many posters are upset with the ending. The ending is shocking, I'll agree. A let down? Nope. Did I see it coming? NO. Hence my like for the film. There is so much in this film from the opening frame to the end, its a shame just to call it suspense, its a shame to just call it a thriller, its a shame just to call it political and its a shame just to say it terrorist get away with it all....it does all of those things, but what it does the most is have you look into the faces of all of this and understand how the innocent can be made into "whatever" by "whomever". The question is, whom do we trust in the climate as the movie proposes? The non-happy ending provides a clue.I recommend this film highly, but only if you are prepared to view it at least twice, open minded, and without politics. It's a hard swallow, but a damn good script that will have you biting your nails at points, and maybe upset you in the end because of the conclusion. But taking risks are important in film, making you think far beyond the time the film has ended are too. Take a chance and view this one, see for yourself.
Tim Robbins makes Satan look like a boyscout. This is one scary movie. Yes I saw it at the theatre when it came out, and it blew me away. But then I bought it and watched it at home in October, a month after 911. This is one scary movie. A delux plot, great acting, and a powerful ending. Thank you for this one!
Compelling thriller with amazingly un-Hollywood politics and excellent performances. (by j_turner)
An excellent cast puts real suspense into this story of the 'Banality of Evil' and how the need for closure in horrific events overwhelms deeper exploration into their causes. Also delves into 'psychological karate' where a person's thoughts and ideas can be used as a pivot to get them to act against themself. A very complex, yet easily understood, plot which is made compelling by an excellent cast. There is no waste in the script.
The "how to" on making a good thriller. (by Boba_Fett1138)
"Arlington Road" is the perfect example for how thrillers should be made.A good story, a good atmosphere, good actors and voila! you have got a good thriller. "Arlington Road" has got it all and it's a near perfect movie that is a must see for the thriller fans.The intense beginning sets the mood for the rest of the movie. It's atmospheric and tense right till the good ending. I'll admit that there are some slow moments and some distracting plot lines but it doesn't take away the tension or ruins the atmosphere in any kind of way.The movie is very well <more>
casted with Jeff Bridges as the more and more paranoid getting Michael Faraday and Tim Robbins as his neighbour that he begins to suspects of being a terrorist. Both main actors pull of really well and help to created the good thriller atmosphere that this movie has.Good thriller with a great atmosphere, story, actors and ending that will stay with you forever.9/10http://bobafett1138.blogspot.com/
Jeff Bridges excels as Professor Faraday, a professor at George Washington University, who is teaching terrorism and history. His wife had been killed in a an incident similar to Ruby Ridge. He recounts this for his students and audience.Tim Robbins is a neighbor who is ostensibly working on real estate development. He is, he says, a structural engineer. His abstruse wife is well-portrayed by Joan Cusack. Robbins excels here as well, presenting a facade of family man, and reminding us later, of a menacing character similar to Orson Welles' Professor Kindler, in "The Stranger". <more>
A film recounting Nazism, and its elusive presence .Hope Davis has a pivotal role, as Professor Faraday's sometime girlfriend, she notices Faraday becoming more paranoid, believing his neighbor Robbins may be less than forthcoming, and possibly, even a terrorist.What is interesting is the point of view examined, a man who considers himself intellectual, and capable of analyzing, and dissecting the reasons for terrorism. He does admit at one point that there are things we may never understand. This, even more incomprehensible and frightening than the actual acts of terror at times: the idea that it cannot be predicted or controlled.Overall very timely and insightful. Highly recommended. 9/10.
Superior paranoia movie (by Hang_All_Drunkdrivers)
Jeff Bridges plays Michael Faraday, a college teacher who believes in the American way and all, but is still sort of distrustful of the government. He becomes convinced his neighbor Oliver Lang, played very well by Tim Robbins, is a terrorist. Lots of strange things happen as the movie builds to an ending that is very unexpected.Bridges is just super as always and i still don't know why he isn't considered one of the best actors out there. Interesting the name they gave him in this movie. Michael Faraday was one of the great scientists in history and i wouldn't expect them to use <more>
his name unless it had some hidden meaning to the movie. But i can't think of what that meaning could be.Anyway, I'm proud to be a paranoid and i love movies that tell us the world is not as it seems and that's the message here.
Do You Know Those People Across The Street? (by jhclues)
Contrary to what you may think initially, nothing happens by coincidence on `Arlington Road.' Outstanding performances by Jeff Bridges As Michael Faraday and Tim Robbins Oliver Lang highlight this taut thriller about terrorism in America, a disturbing film instilled with a sense of loss, fear and paranoia. Director Mark Pellington perhaps does not mine this vein to the depths, but there is still a silver lining in this movie, which contains elements of two of Alfred Hitchcock's classics, `The Man Who Knew Too Much,' and `North By Northwest.' Had this film been made forty <more>
years ago, in fact, Hitchcock would have been at the helm and we would have had James Stewart instead of Bridges and Richard Widmark in place of Robbins. When Jeff Bridges stars in a thriller, you can usually bet that the project is going to be a cut above the average fare of the genre, and this one is no exception, arguably his best of it's kind since `Jagged Edge.' This is a riveting film, and the tension builds steadily throughout as we uncover, along with Faraday, the dark secrets which ultimately lead to an explosive climax. The excellent supporting cast includes Joan Cusack, Hope Davis and Robert Gossett. A trip to `Arlington Road' is a jolt to the senses and may cause you to stop and rethink a few things about your life. At the very least, you're going to want to finally meet that neighbor who moved in across the street last year. I rate this one 8/10.
It seems like every year, there's one or two films which are far from perfect but nonetheless shake us up in ways better films don't quite do. Last year, it was BULWORTH, and this year, it's ARLINGTON ROAD. Obviously, after all that's happened this decade in America, from Waco to Oklahoma City, the time is ripe for a movie to explore the cracks in the American dream which brought about events like those. This film ultimately asks more questions than it answers, but that may just be a condition inherent to this type of film. More troubling is two things: 1 Though I agree with <more>
those and I'll try not to give away too much here who theorize the ending changes the whole perspective of the film, there are still too many key narrative cheats a conversation Robbins supposedly had with Bridges' son seems unbelievable, and the traffic light scene near the end also is to make it fully effective; 2 The film seems a little confused of what it's about; it is a study of one man's psyche, or the nation's?Still, ARLINGTON ROAD shouldn't be dismissed. There are troubling questions explored, and you don't have to be a conspiracy nut to believe those so-called "fringe" hate groups are entering the mainstream at a frightening rate for a so-called "civilized" society. The ending is also powerful, and though I understand it, more than anything else, was responsible for the delays, I applaud whoever was in charge for not changing it though again, how they got there is another story . Bridges' performance is another thing which makes more sense once you look back with the ending of the film in mind, and it doesn't seem like over-acting. Robbins is a little more problematic; there are scenes where he's convincing, and then scenes where he goes over-the-top and shouldn't. Hope Davis doesn't have a big part, but she injects a lot into it as usual. But the biggest surprise here is Joan Cusack. Anyone who thinks of her only as a good comic actress will be in for a shock; there's one scene involving her which is the scariest in the film.Again, ultimately, while it leaves you with nagging doubts about the quality, ARLINGTON ROAD makes you think enough to recommend it.
A hard core, High Octane thriller with a terrible, disturbing ending. ***1/2 out of **** (by Movie-12)
ARLINGTON ROAD 1999 ***1/2Starring: Jeff Bridges, Tim Robbins, Joan Cusack, Hope Davis, Mason Gamble, and Robert Gossett Director: Mark Pellington 117 minutes Rated R for intense violent content and some language By Blake French: "Arlington Road" is this year's "Breakdown." It's filled to the rim with hard core, high octane tension and suspense-so much that it is almost hard to catch your breath throughout the movie's running period. Fueled with first rate performances and a script that is understandable and clear, this may be one of the best thrillers. <more>
The movie starts off with a boy, named Brady Lang, who stumbles down Arlington Rd. with blood dripping from his body. Jeff Bridges, who plays Michael Faraday, a single professor who teachers a course on terrorism at a local university, observes this terrified and injured child from inside his car as he drives by. After realizing the nature of his wounds, he dashes out of his car to help. Michael rushes Brady to the nearest hospital, in result he saves his life and meets some people whom he will soon wish he would have never laid eyes on. Wow. What an exhilarating opening scene. While it may be a little over the top, it does provide the setup needed for such the brutal, bloodthirsty film this really is. It is not a film for younger viewers, and I would check into it some more if you're faint of heart or squeamish in any way. This movie takes itself seriously for every second of the way, unlike many other "scary" movies out there today.Brady Lang belongs to a new family down the block from the Faraday's, consisting of Oliver, the friendly dad, Cheryl, almost eccentric wife, and their children, who are very bizarre acting. Quiet and suspicious, almost as if they are holding something back. When Michael and his girlfriend, Brooke, meet the Lang's, they introduce them to his son, ask them over for dinner sometime, and look around their new house. Oliver is an architect currently working on a shopping mall somewhere out of town. But wait! When Michael was over there last he saw the blueprint to his "so called" mall, and knows that this is no mall he his constructing. This makes Michael very wearily of his neighbors, especially when he beholds Oliver's mail and discovers that there may have been a name change sometime ago in Lang's past. He brings these things to the attention to Brooke, only to have her call him paranoid and that his occupation is getting to his head. That is also what his old buddy, FBI Agent Whit Carver, says to him when Michael asks him to do a background check on Oliver. Things really heat up when Michael discovers the truth behind his friendly neighbor's secret identity. Movie posters and newspaper ads suggest it. Previews and reviews reveal it, and by the time the film takes an unexpected turn in the third act, the only one suspecting Oliver Lang to be just an ordinary person is Michael. "Arlington Road" is smart enough to develop Jeff Bridge's character with feelings, flashbacks and an emotional past, rather than showing us the details of his past marriage. It is also smart enough not to develop a romantic subplot between Michael and Brooke, beyond the suggestions and interest in each other. It stays on track every inch of the way; all the scenes further the plot a little bit at a time. Leading us with a perfectly structured, flawlessly planned out thriller. The performance by Jeff Bridges is so great and certainly Oscar worthy we actually buy into the paranoia plot and end up caring about him so much this movie's ending actually hurts to watch. It ruins the entire production. The last twenty minutes of this movie arrant just unbelievable, but the closing scene features a sense of injustice, unfairness, and is unsettling beyond comprehension. All of this and I still have not revealed the actually end to you, and will not. But I hated it, and think the majority of an audience will join me in saying as the closing credits arouse on screen their jaw dropped off their face and hit the floor. However, I do think the film is unconventional because of the thematic structure it used for its closing and subject madder. If it would have concluded in a predictable, usual fashioned people would complain about that too. It proves how much we care about the characters. And at the same time allows us to realize that this film deserved better, somewhere down the road, it deserved to be much better.