In this tense thriller, a man begins to suspect his neighbors are not what they appear to be -- and their secrets could be deadly. Michael Faraday (played by Jeff Bridges) is a college professor whose wife, an FBI agent, was killed in the line of duty by members of an extremist right-wing terrorist group, leaving him to raise their nine-year-old son by himself. One day, he saves the life of a boy he sees on the street. The child turns out to be the son of his new neighbors, Oliver and Cheryl Lang (Tim Robbins and Joan Cusack). Michael soon becomes friendly with the grateful Langs, who seem as cheerfully bland as anyone could hope from denizens of suburbia. But the better Michael gets to know Oliver, the more he becomes convinced that something isn't quite right; Oliver seems almost too clean and perfect, and Michael begins to notice that small details in Oliver's stories don't quite add up. The question is whether Michael's well-founded paranoia about the radical right is getting the better of him, or are the Langs up to something a lot more sinister than their cheerful smiles and manicured lawn would suggest? Ehren Kruger's screenplay for Arlington Road won the Motion Picture Academy's Nicholl Fellowship prize in 1996; the film was the second directorial effort for Mark Pellington, who debuted with Going All the Way.~Mark Deming
This is one of those movies that slips through the cracks, but is quite the satisfying watch. Jeff Bridges and Tim Robbins are great. It can be over the top but it works as a thriller. From a picture stand point, it isn't going to blow you away but it has good sound.
We bought a new Blu-ray player and wanted to watch a new movie on it. We saw this one that was in the 7.99 bin but it was marked 4.99. It sounded good but we had never heard of it. We thought we would give it a try. My wife and I both enjoyed the movie. I would recommend it.
This film has strong acting, along with a plot that has you riveted from the stunning beginning. Action, mystery, suspense, this film has it all. Deserved to be a much bigger hit when it was released, and hopefully will be discovered as its subject matter is even more timely now.