Right at Your Door
Time Out says
Debut writer-director Chris Gorak makes a virtue of his limited resources by focusing on one couple, go-getting Lexi (Mary McCormack) – en route to work in the danger zone when catastrophe strikes – and stay-at-home Brad (Rory Cochrane, last seen battling imaginary bugs in ‘A Scanner Darkly’).
Judicious use of faux radio reportage, distant CG smoke and ‘toxic’ ash makes for an eerily affecting vision of calamity at arm’s length drawing near, and the film develops into a compelling chamber piece when official advice conflicts with personal instinct. But if the claustrophobic atmosphere convinces, the script’s descent into personal and institutionalised paranoia is less credible; nor are the characters especially likeable or engaging. Of course, it’s impossible to predict just what reactions to such a situation would be, but what starts out as a horrible, even tragic set-up ends up feeling more like a so-so episode of ‘The Twilight Zone’.
Cast and crew
Scotty Noyd Jr