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Genre: Thriller
Starring: Mary McCormack, Rory Cochrane, Tony Perez, Scotty Noyd Jr., Max Kasch, Jon Huertas
Director: Chris Gorak
Rating: NC16- Edited Version (Coarse Language)
Year Made: 2008



- Commentary By Chris Gorak, Interview with Chris Gorak, Tips on Making On Independent Film with Chris Gorak, Alternative Ending Scripts



Languages: English
Subtitles: English/Chinese
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Letterbox
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Running Time: 1 hr 35 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Alliance Entertainment




Terror hits home when a young couple is separated during a citywide bomb attack on Los Angeles. The infrastructure is crippled, the air is raining unknown toxic agents and Lexi is trying to get home to her husband Brad before it's too late.


Right At Your Door is most probably right up the Bush administration’s alley.

It imagines a doomsday scenario where a chemical attack has just struck right in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. But this being an indie film that was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, you won’t see the bombs going off nor the scale of their destruction.

Instead, it takes a more intimate approach by focusing on the consequent struggles of a young couple who, like the other millions of people in the city, are caught unprepared by the scale of the attack.

Brad is an unemployed musician and this perfectly ordinary weekday morning, he sees his wife, Lexi, off as she heads to work downtown. The pair live in the suburbs. Not long after Lexi leaves, Brad hears an emergency newscast over the radio that multiple explosions have been heard in the heart of the Los Angeles city. Rushing outside, Brad sees a giant plume of smoke enveloping the city skyline.

Brad’s first instinct is to rush to get his wife. But subsequent news reports confirm that dirty bombs were let off and residents are advised against entering the city. Soon after, roads to the blast site are soon cordoned off. Brad realises he has little choice but to stay at home and wait for news of his wife.

Together with a mechanic that came to seek refuge in his house, they follow the media’s instructions to seal up the house to quarantine themselves from the effect of the deadly toxins spreading quickly through the wind.

Writer-director Chris Gorak does a great job cranking up the tension in the film’s first half. He keeps the story tightly centred on Brad to convey his understandable confusion and helplessness in the midst of the disaster. But the film really comes into its own in the second half when an ash-covered Lexi returns to the house to find it boarded and sealed.

What is Brad to do? Should he let her in knowing that she may very well be contaminated? Or should he let her remain outside and continue to be exposed to the lethal gas? Brad chooses the latter, and it is heartbreaking to watch as Lexi slowly succumbs to the effects of the poison in the air, coughing ever more violently and growing ever weaker. The film keeps the emotions raw and visceral so you’ll feel every minute of Brad and Lexi’s struggle.

Naturally, given the current political climate, one might cynically say that this film is shamelessly tapping into the atmosphere of fear engendered by the Bush administration and their war on terror. But Gorak here cleverly avoids these political overtones to keep his story firmly and tightly wound around Brad and Lexi so that everything that unfolds feels real and unscripted.

This is perhaps the greatest achievement of the movie- to let you believe that if and when such a disaster does strike, Brad and Lexi’s predicament may very well happen right at your door.


Commentary with Chris Gorak: The writer-director of the film talks with Empire Magazine’s David Hews about the making of his debut feature length movie. Not particularly interesting so have patience if you intend to sit through it.

Interview with Chris Gorak: Chris Gorak talks about how the movie came to be- from its conceptualization as an idea to its final execution on screen.

Filmmaking Tips from Chris Gorak: Amateur filmmakers may want to take a leaf out of Gorak’s book for advice on how to do a high-concept movie on a tight budget.


Audio is well presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 that enhances the feeling of claustrophobia and fear in the movie. The disc also boasts a nice visual transfer which comes as a blessing because of the movie’s dull color palette.



Review by Gabriel Chong


Other titles from Alliance Entertainment:

. Horton

. Never Break Down

. Deception

. Doomsday

. Virgin Territory

. Shutter

. Little Fish

. Shanghai Kiss

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Alliance Entertainment


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