Movie: Arlington Road (1999)
Writer: Ehren Kruger
A white-knuckle thriller with suspense and intelligence to spare, Arlington Road is a much better film than its barely ever mentioned status could lead one to believe. Jeff Bridges plays Michael Faraday, a college professor grieving over his late wife’s passing and raising their son all on his own. His desire to keep little man safe are compromised when a new couple, Oliver and Cheryl Lang (played by Tim Robbins and Joan Cusack), move in next door, and various clues and personality details lead him to believe that the block’s newest inhabitants are really terrorists.
Once the tensions boil over into full-on mayhem, director Mark Pellington’s film delivers a stunningly bleak ending: Having put a bomb in the trunk of Faraday’s car, Oliver and Cheryl’s plan to set off a bomb underneath an FBI building goes off without a hitch. And Faraday, now a blown-up cadaver, is posited by the media as the terrorist, not the Langs.