Right at Your Door

Right at Your Door

Director: Chris Gorak

Cast: Chris Gorak, Mary McCormack, Rory Cochrane, Tony Perez

     
 
A dirty bomb detonates in Los Angeles and a terrified husband decides to seal himself up in his suburban home and await the return of his working wife in first-time director Chris Gorak's tense and topical drama. As the sun rises on another day in Los Angeles, Brad (Rory Cochrane) sends his wife, Lexi (

Overview

A dirty bomb detonates in Los Angeles and a terrified husband decides to seal himself up in his suburban home and await the return of his working wife in first-time director Chris Gorak's tense and topical drama. As the sun rises on another day in Los Angeles, Brad (Rory Cochrane) sends his wife, Lexi (Mary McCormack), off to work with a kiss and a smile. When the media begins reporting on the detonation of a bomb within the city limits and a potentially toxic cloud covers the L.A. basin in ash, Brad enlists the aid of nearby handyman Alvaro (Tony Perez) in making his home as airtight as possible while worriedly awaiting the return of his wife. With roads closed, telephone lines jammed, and reports of multiple explosions pouring in from the media, the panic and isolation of the tragedy begin to take their toll on the horrified community. Though announcements over public airwaves claim that authorities are doing their best to ensure the arrival of help to those in immediate danger, Brad and the rest of the citizens of L.A. soon discover that the explosions are only the beginning of their horrific ordeal.

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If you've seen movies about airborne toxins, you know that the breach of an enclosed space means the people inside will be just as dead as their unprotected counterparts. These life-or-death politics come to the fore in Right at Your Door, as a biological attack on Los Angeles separates a man from his wife by the thin pane of glass in their front door. This is the literal secondary meaning to the title's metaphor for terrorism hitting close to home, as Chris Gorak's film chillingly dramatizes how quickly and irrevocably decisions are made in the face of sudden catastrophe. Gorak captures an excellent sense of the general chaos of a dirty bomb, then personalizes it through the story of Brad (Rory Cochrane) and Lexi (Mary McCormack). We first meet Lexi a third of the way into the movie, when she stumbles home from the office, already showing the effects of her exposure. The stakes are instantly laid bare -- if he allows her inside his systematically constructed quarantine zone, whatever's happening to her will happen to him. But standing idly by as she bangs on windows and descends into panic is also a terrible option. Right at Your Door is best when exploring logistical conundrums, such as Brad and his handyman instinctively duct-taping themselves inside the home -- only to realize that the handyman wants to break the seal and leave, and the new circumstances have obliterated the former employer-employee dynamics of their relationship. Cochrane and McCormack pour their all into the situation, processing the various stages of anger, guilt, fear, and even hope. Lexi's phone call to her family in the middle of the night is a particular gut punch. Right at Your Door has some third-act problems that prevent it from totally delivering on its potential, but it's a valuable addition to the disaster-paranoia genre, filled with conversation-starting ethical quandaries.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/29/2008
UPC:
0031398223498
Original Release:
2005
Rating:
R
Source:
Lions Gate
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:26:00
Sales rank:
61,367

Special Features

Audio commentary by Chris Gorak; "Forearm Shiver" - an interview with Chris Gorak; "Film School" - tips on making an independent film with Chris Gorak; Alternative script endings; 16x9 widescreen; 5.1 and 2.0 dolby digital audio; English and Spanish subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mary McCormack Lexi
Rory Cochrane Brad
Tony Perez Alvaro
Scotty Noyd Timmy
Jon Huertas Rick
Max Kasch Corporal Marshall
David Richards Neil Simmons
Nina Barry Kathy Reynolds
Ed Martin Juan Martinez
Jenny O'Hara Lexi's Mom
Will McCormack Jason
Hector Luis Bustamante Store Owner
Soledad St. Hilaire Hardware Woman
Alejandra Flores Terrified Woman
Nigel Gibbs Another Officer
Emeka Synthetic Soldier 2
Marisol Ramirez Synthetic Soldier 3
Chris Rocha Hurried Man
Jessica Freitas Gail
Kimberly Scott City Official
Marty Grey Patrol Officer
Brian Bloom Police Officer
Daisy Tormé Pleasant Phone Voice

Technical Credits
Chris Gorak Director,Screenwriter
Ramsey Avery Production Designer
Rebecca Bentjen Costumes/Costume Designer
John Dorsey Production Manager
Patricio Farrell Art Director
Jesse Johnston Co-producer
Jennifer Levy Casting
Stephanie Lewis Co-producer
Pete Novitch Special Effects Supervisor
Tom Richmond Cinematographer
Emily Schweber Casting
Joseph M. Setele Camera Operator
Jim Simone Asst. Director
Jonah Smith Producer
Robert Smith Camera Operator
Tomandandy Score Composer
Jeffrey M. Werner Editor
Palmer West Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Right at Your Door
1. Off to Work/Credits [6:20]
2. All Circuits Are Busy [3:40]
3. Critical Supplies [2:06]
4. Seeking Shelter [5:51]
5. Sky is Falling [2:02]
6. "Open the Door!" [4:06]
7. Abandonment [5:40]
8. Men in Suits [:13]
9. The Lost Boy [4:10]
10. Time to Leave [5:49]
11. Night Invader [2:34]
12. Interrogation [5:39]
13. Nobody's Coming [1:45]
14. Call to Home [4:35]
15. Quarantine [5:24]
16. End Credits [:29]

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