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- 1 hr 57 min
Arlington Road is a psychological thriller released in 1999, directed by Mark Pellington and starring Jeff Bridges, Tim Robbins, and Joan Cusack. The plot revolves around Michael Faraday (Jeff Bridges), a professor of history at George Washington University and a recent widower, who lives in Arlington Road. While living in his neighborhood, Michael becomes suspicious of his new neighbors, the Langs, especially the father, Oliver (Tim Robbins).
The Langs are somewhat different from the rest of the neighbors because they are mostly unsociable and odd, and their main reference is a militia that advocates anarchism and the elimination of the government.
As time passes, Michael's suspicions deepen when he realizes that the Langs may be involved in a terrorist plot, and upon investigation, he finds that Oliver's true identity is not what it seems. The more he learns about the Langs, the more convinced he becomes that they are about to attack the US government. Michael's paranoia grows, and he starts to think that he might be the only one who can stop the Langs from wreaking havoc.
He enlists the aid of a friend, his girlfriend's son, yet ultimately he finds himself alone as his friends and family begin to doubt his sanity. Michael's obsession deepens and spirals out of control as he feverishly rushes to prevent a tragedy of epic proportions.
Arlington Road is a film about the dangers of domestic terrorism and the lengths some people will go to in order to protect what they believe to be the truth. It is a movie that questions our perceptions of what we believe to be true and highlights the risks of trusting anyone entirely, particularly those we don't know well.
Jeff Bridges delivers a first-rate performance as Michael Faraday, portraying his character's paranoia and desperation with exquisite skill, portraying him as someone whose belief in his own experience is becoming overwhelming.
He possesses a subdued intensity that makes the viewer feel his character's torment as he becomes increasingly isolated and believes that he's up against a powerful organization. Tim Robbins is also remarkable in his portrayal of Oliver Lang, portraying him as an unimpressive yet alluring figure who can't help but draw the viewer in.
The storyline is intense and thought-provoking throughout, and the viewer is kept on the edge of their seat, wondering if Michael's suspicions about the Langs are genuine, or if he is succumbing to paranoia. The film's storytelling is superb, revealing key pieces of knowledge at calculated moments, keeping us at the edge of our seats until the very end.
The climax of the movie is thrilling and mind-blowing as the viewer is hit with a shocking twist that amplifies the sense of despair and loss we've seen throughout the film. It gives an excellent coda to the film, making it a modern-day classic.
Arlington Road is a film that has had an enduring appeal, with its messages about truth, terrorism, and the dangers of paranoia just as relevant today as they were over 20 years ago. Its suspenseful and thought-provoking story is backed up by fantastic performances from the cast, and the great direction adds to the atmospheric quality of the film.
Overall, Arlington Road is a fantastic film that will keep you guessing and leave you transfixed right up until its bitter end. Highly recommended.
Arlington Road is a 1999 crime movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 57 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.2 and a MetaScore of 65.