Ever had a car alarm that kept alerting and drove you crazy? How about a buzzing intercom or constantly beeping backup alarm? David has. Lots of them. And when he can’t seem to get anything done about it he begins shutting them off on his own. Before long he is known as ‘the Rectifier’, popular among citizens for quieting the noises they are afraid to quiet, and much less popular with Mayor Schneer.
Tim Robbins (David Owen), Bridget Moynahan (Helen Owen), William Hurt (Mayor Schneer), Margarita Levieva (Ekaterina Filippovna), Maria Ballesteros (Gruska).
This was a fairly unique story that started off pretty well, jumping right into the story and saving the character development for odd moments throughout the movie later on. Maybe this one struck a chord with me because I have felt the rage David feels. Not a car alarm but, neighbors who think idling a diesel pickup for an hour before you drive it is okay. I liked how the intensity of the situation kept increasing yet his focus was on objects rather than people. There were some holes to the plot, some things that just didn’t wash but, overall it was a very good story. Inclusion of David’s attempts to get legal remedies were as enjoyable as watching him cut a battery cable.
Robbins was very good in his role, showing the appropriate anger but at the same time seeming to laugh at the ridiculousness of the situation. I even enjoyed the somewhat random threesome scene which he played much better than I expected. Moynahan, Levieva and Ballesteros were all also pretty good whereas Hurt was just annoying. I know he was supposed to play a jerk mayor but, I didn’t think he even did that well.
Camera work, sound, sets, and dialogue were all nicely done and the movie looked as if it had a nice budget.
Overall not a great movie but, a welcome diversion when it seems a lot of movies these days just spit out the same stories with different actors.
With some violence, nudity, sex scenes, drug use, and profanity this one is not for kids.
copyright ©2013 Dave Riedel
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