Arlington Road got very little press in 1999, but it does not fail to impress the discerning (and paranoid) auidience. More intellectual than The Matrix and more visceral than The Phantom Menace, Arlington Road is meant to be disturbing and open-ended. Well acted and scripted. The film's ending really delivers.
Not an over-publicized movie and the some web reviews leave you with mixed feelings, but one of the most gripping films I have seen in a while. A lot of twists and each turn leaves you thinking who's good and who's bad and will good eventually prevail. This movie never slows for one minute.
by Justin Kleinheider (email@example.com) on 10/23/1999
Arlington Road beautifully captures the spirit of 1970's filmmaking with brilliant writing and good pacing and paranoia in bringing it to a shocking conclusion. In addition, it combines these elements with the 90's visual style by making good use of unique camera angles and crisp cinematography. The acting is top notch with Bridges and Robbins delivering convincing and haunting performances. Joan Cusack is the big suprise with a menacing performance well outside her usually brilliant comedy. Nothing but high praise for the summer of 1999's best movie. It could turn out to be this year's best to boot.
This movie was great... It shows Tim Robbins at his best... Joan Cusack leaves her normally comic roles to play a psychotic wife. This movie has so many twists, it will keep you on the edge of your seat even after the movie is over...
Definitely one of the best movies of 1999. Brilliantly written and directed. The interactive menu and alternate ending is phenomenal. Absolutely wonderful performances by bridges and robbins. A sleeper classic.
Widowed when his fbi agent wife is killed by a right-wing group, college professor michael faraday becomes obsessed with the culture of these groups, especially when his new neighbors, the all-american oliver and cheryl lang, start acting suspiciously. With each twist the mystery deepens and the question looms.
George Washington University professor Michael Faraday (Jeff Bridges) teaches a course in terrorism, but after his wife, an FBI agent, is killed under questionable circumstances, he becomes obsessed with the topic. An all-American family moves in across the street, but Faraday soon suspects that they might be terrorists themselves. Bridges's portrayal of the man fighting against a virtually unseen enemy, with no one believing him, is reminiscent of Jimmy Stewart in Alfred Hitchcock's THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH.
ARLINGTON ROAD follows in the grand tradition of Hollywood suspense thrillers that pit a lone man against a vast, hidden conspiracy--or is it a conspiracy? Jeff Bridges plays Michael Faraday, who starts out as a loving, caring father and teacher but slowly turns into a desperate, crazed man searching for answers in a suburban world that has been turned upside down.^Director Mark Pellington lingers on Bridges's face as it goes from ruggedly handsome and somber to wild and crazed. As Faraday tries to uncover the truth about his new neighbors, Oliver and Cheryl Lang (Tim Robbins and Joan Cusack), he also struggles with his own inner demons. Is he just imagining things, as he still has not gotten over his wife's death at the hands of what was first believed to be a terrorist, or are his fear and paranoia real? Pellington stays a few steps ahead the entire way, leading to a most thrilling and unexpected conclusion to this nightmare of suburban terror.
"...The movie generates real excitement..." 08/05/1999 p.80
"...Builds to a beautifully plotted -- if totally preposterous -- parlor trick of an ending....Cusack scares the bejesus out of Hope Davis [and viewers]..." -- Rating: B 10/29/1999 p.118
New York Times
"...A stylish throwback to the paranoid thrillers of the 1970's..." 07/09/1999 p.E1
Los Angeles Times
"...ARLINGTON ROAD is diabolically clever....An edgy, action-filled entertainment, sustained by Bridges' enduring ability to project thoughtful men of decency and courage..." 07/09/1999 p.C6
"...The underlying insights of the movie will make you think....ARLINGTON ROAD is a thriller that contains ideas..." 07/09/1999 p.31
The film, well paced and cleverly constructed as it builds to one last killer twist, becomes a battle of nerves between (the characters of) Faraday and Lang. It also becomes a splendid showcase for two exceptionally commanding actors as their characters square off... While this film's conception of a terrorist threat is apparent early on, its strength lies in a string of ingenious little surprises, and in an overall deviousness that doesn't show until the story is over...
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Paul Alexander, OUT
Superbly acted and skillfully directed.
Joel Siegel, Good Morning America
No one will be exhaling during the last twenty minutes of this movie.
John Anderson, Newsday
It's a first-rate suspense film.
Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
Edgy action-filled entertainment.
Jami Bernard, New York Daily News
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