In suburban Reston, Virginia, George Washington University American History professor Michael Faraday is still mourning the death of his wife, FBI agent Leah Faraday, after three years. His inside knowledge of the agency colors what he teaches in his classes. Although on good terms with Leah's ex-partner, Whit Carver, and the agency in general, Michael wants the agency at least to acknowledge their responsibility in her death in the line of duty. Michael is moving on with his personal life, he being in a serious relationship with his former teaching assistant Brooke Wolfe. Although he likes Brooke, Michael and Leah's nine year old son, Grant Faraday, may not yet be quite ready for Brooke to be a permanent part of their lives. It is only in helping adolescent Brady Lang who he sees in medical distress that Michael meets his new neighbors, Oliver and Cheryl Lang, Brady's parents. In the process, Michael and Brooke becomes friends with the Langs, as Grant and Brady become friends. ... Written by
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In Washington, Michael Faraday (Jeff Bridges) is coming home in the suburb and he sees the son of his neighbor, Brady Lang (Gamble Mason), burnt and wounded walking through the Arlington Road. He goes to the hospital with the child and befriends his neighbors Oliver Lang (Tim Robbins) and Cheryl Lang (Joan Cusack) that live in front of his house in the waiting room. The widower Michael is history professor at George Washington University, where he presently teaches terrorism, and raises his son Grant Faraday (Spencer Treat Clark) alone since the death is his beloved wife Leah. She was an FBI agent that died in action during an assignment with her partner Whit Carver (Robert Gossett). Now Michael is in a relationship with his former student Brooke Wolfe (Hope Davis). Soon Michael suspects of Oliver might be a terrorist initially based on a blueprint that his neighbor tells that it is a shopping mall but Michael believes it is a building and with returned correspondences in the mailbox. However his theory of conspiracy is rejected by Whit and Brooke. Michael becomes obsessed and investigates the life of his neighbor. Is Michael paranoid or is he correct in his suspicious?
"Arlington Road" is an excellent scary thriller with a well written screenplay. The outstanding cast is supported by excellent lines and a great story of obsession. The conclusion is not predictable and the film has not aged after these years. On the contrary, the theme is absolutely updated. My vote is eight.
Title (Brazil): "O Suspeito da Rua Arlington" ("The Suspect from Arlington Road")
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