By Jonathan Holin
Written and Directed by Chris Gorak
A stay-at-home Los Angeles musician and his wife (Rory Cochrane & Mary McCormack) experience a terrorist attack – one as a witness in relative safety, the other caught in the middle and possibly infected by chemical weapons.
Right at Your Door forgoes special effects and fast-paced footage of disaster scenes and large-scale chaos. We only hear about the events on the radio, from the husband’s perspective, while the wife is out there, somewhere, maybe.
This is a film that could only have been made after 9/11, but harkens back to the post-nuclear and cold war eras. Who the terrorists are doesn’t matter, and they are never named. What is examined here is how we react amongst ourselves. Do we lose faith and trust in our government and each other? Do we rise to the occasion and risk ourselves to save another, or seek refuge in isolation until the whole thing blows over?
Rory Cochrane’s character has to decide whether to search for his wife, or seal his house. People caught on the streets are being bagged and handcuffed by men in gas-masks and taken off in vans. The news is only telling half-truths and might even be telling outright lies.
Paranoia and doubt creep into their house in very subtle ways and grip the characters until they choose to either let go, or are driven mad by desperation. In the same way, Right at Your Door is also quite gripping in its honest portrayal of a young American couple whose dreams for careers and a family are shattered by a sudden, inexplicable event.