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The Diva's
"Arlington Road" Review


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Arlington Road (1999)
Viewed at Regal Cinemas - Kent 6
Rated R; approximate running time of 117 minutes
Directed by: Mark Pellington
Written by: Ehren Kruger
Starring: Jeff Bridges, Tim Robbins, Joan Cusack, Mason Gamble,and Spencer Treat Clark
Genre: Thriller/Action/Drama


The Digest

Michael Faraday (Jeff Bridges) is a Professor of History, teaching a "History of Terrorism" at George Washington University. His wife was a special FBI agent and she was killed in the line of duty, leaving him bitter with the FBI and a bit of a cynic towards the government. He lives in a quiet little housing track, next door to the "perfect" little family. A civil engineer, his wife & 3 kids. Some might say, a little too perfect.

Michael begins to notice a few holes in Oliver Lang's (Tim Robbins) past. He also begins to connect him at various terrorist bombings. After he begins to piece things together, the movie takes off. The movie takes many twists and turns ending with an amazing plot twist.

The Dish

Okay this movie was deep. It starts with a stark and visibly disturbing view of a blanched faced child stumbling down the road, bleeding.

Arlington Road is a movie that makes you think. It makes you think a lot and for a long time. What if Lee Harvey Oswald really didn't act alone? What if Timothy McViegh was just a fall guy? These are just some of the questions you'll be asking yourself. "Arlington Road" succeeds where "Conspiracy Theory" failed.

Jeff Bridges never ceases to amaze me. Whoever said he is an under appreciated actor was right on the money. He swallows each part whole. I always seem to forget he is acting and is not really [insert character here] and he won't disappoint you in "Arlington Road".

Joan Cusack is her normal eccentric self. She kinda creeped me out, but that is what she was supposed to do. Tim Robbins didn't quite impress me, but he did okay. The children in the movie acted really well also.

The Directive

Over all I thought this was a well acted movie and worth the $5 bucks I paid to see it (speaking of which...what kinda matinee discount is that??? For shame Regal Cinemas!)

A crooked road indeed.

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Copyright Kamal "The Diva" Larsuel-Ulbricht, 1999
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