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Right at Your Door (2006)
Throughout the history of genre cinema we have seen several movies depicting disastrous situations from just about every angle. Films with chaos breaking out in the streets to movies where it’s more about the impact on the home front than what’s happening on the front lines. Right at Your Door would fit the description of that latter and while the cover will have you thinking you are about to see a ripoff of George A. Romero’s “The Crazies” it’s certainly not the case at all. But then again, a person in a chemical mask on the cover would probably be a better selling point than just people sitting around on the cover even if that more closely resembles the movie than what you actually get.
“Right at Your Door” is the story of Brad (Rory Cochrane) a stay at home musician who lives with his professional wife Lexi (Mary McCormack) in their suburban home. One day Lexi is getting ready to leave for work and get her day started like any other. Only problem is that once she leaves for the day Brad hears a radio report about dirty bombs that have been let off in Los Angeles and that have contaminated the surrounding area. As Brad scrambles to contact his wife on her cell phone he can’t help but allow panic to set in as he wonders if his wife is dead or alive. He jumps into his vehicle to go and find his wife, only to be stopped by authorities who are urging everyone to go back home where it’s the safest. So Brad must go back home and wait. He has to wait to see if his wife is dead or alive, weather or not the house is going to be alright, and weather or not human kind is going to exist beyond that day in Los Angeles.
“Right at Your Door” was a rather frustrating experience for me to be perfectly honest. The movie starts out great with panic and disorganization setting in on Brad as you join him on his terrified journey. From there you go back to the house and are exposed to the claustrophobic feelings of our main character. But unfortunately the movie gets to the point where the claustrophobic feeling fades and you are left feeling bored and restless. The characters motivation shifts at one point and although it’s interesting for a bit, just like the first part of the movie it starts to get a bit tiresome.
The acting in the movie is good on the part of McCormack but lags on the part of Cochrane during the parts that needed it. Also I wouldn’t necessarily say it’s their fault either because I just felt the script and story of the film itself just continually got weaker up until the final moments of the film. The movie does have a pretty decent ending but it’s just way to exhausting getting there. The movie was simply too long and just didn’t have enough to offer for the small budget that it had. It’s essentially a disaster movie but it’s missing the majority of disaster footage that you would probably expect out of something like this. Now I fully understand that with the budget that they had wasn’t anything spectacular so they could only do so much, but the idea they had just didn’t work for me. It was worth a try but they needed more of a story than they had to have it all work out.
Overall I think the movie had a good premise that unfortunately didn’t work out. Maybe if they could have gotten a few more dollars together they could have put some stuff in during the slower parts of the movie to spice it up a bit, but then again I don’t know if they would have anyway. “Right at Your Door” is more of a drama than it is a disaster film and with that I would figure that most people would be at least a bit disappointed in that fact. So with this one I would say you might want to rent it if you are extremely interested, but I could really recommend that you spend hard earned money on it.
Rating - **