June 11, 2006
San Jose Camera Cinema Club
USA / Canada
Well-intentioned, but doesn’t hit the mark. An accountant gets laid off from his job. A full daytime of watching cable news has him convinced that the world is an incredibly dangerous place, with terrorists lurking behind every corner. That exact day a young, dark man with a funny accent moves into his apartment building. He uses a cell phone only. He rummages through trash at all hours of the day. He has few possessions and during a snooping run, our hero sees what appears to be laboratory equipment in the man’s kitchen. His paranoia increases on an hourly basis.
Peter Krause of SIX FEET UNDER fame is our protagonist. His wife thinks he’s being ridiculous and goes over to the new neighbor’s apartment brandishing flowers and a smile. But our hero will have none of it. A call to the FBI only makes him more suspicious.
It is a timely topic that needs a good film make about it. When citizens are encouraged to turn in their fellow citizens for any suspicious behavior, a great deal can be said about what’s happened to America. Unfortunately, this isn’t that film.
Krause’s acting is fine. But the jump from curious to convinced that a sleeper cell is living in his complex is shown way too quickly.
And the ending is ridiculous.