Civic Duty R

Civic Duty
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Format:  DVD
item number:  XRI 6530D
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 38 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: October 2, 2007
  • Originally Released: 2007
  • Label: 20Th Century Fox
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • NTSC
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Single Side - Dual Layer
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.78
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
    • Dolby Digital Stereo - English
    • Subtitles - English - Closed Captioned
    • Subtitles - English, Spanish - Optional
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Trailers:
      1. Forced Trailers
      2. Theatrical Trailer
  • Interactive Features:
    • Scene Selection
  • Tracks:
    1. A Long Day
    2. First Day of Freedom
    3. Suspicious Behavior
    4. Most Wanted
    5. The FBI
    6. Inside the Apartment
    7. Turnabout
    8. Captive
    9. I'm Right About Him
    10. Good and Evil
    11. Last Chance
    12. Epilogue/End Credits

Performers, Cast and Crew:

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Directed by
Screenwriting by
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Director of Photography:

Entertainment Reviews:

Rotten57%

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Total Count: 56

Spilled33%

AUDIENCE SCORE
User Ratings: 29,708
Rating: 1.5/5 -- Eventually it all boils down to cliché, with home invasions by Terry, physical confrontations between Terry and Gabe, a hostage situation, a main character getting gunned down, and all the other standard thriller tropes that might excite the kind of audie Full Review
IGN Movies
Jun 22, 2007
Rating: 3/5 -- If we can ignore the plot's too-often dips into cliché, we just might walk away with a lot on our minds. Full Review
eFilmCritic.com
Oct 9, 2007
Rating: 4/6 -- The film's pace lags toward the end, but its grasp of manufactured fear's dreary pervasiveness never falters. Full Review
Time Out
May 5, 2007
Rating: C -- All that flash serves to prop up what's in essence a one-act play, constructed around a political message that's telegraphed from the start.
AV Club
May 5, 2007
Rating: 4/5 -- Civic Duty pulls us into the post-9/11 hysteria that felt ready to pop in America. Full Review
Father Son Holy Gore
May 7, 2019
Rating: 2/5 -- mostly suffers from overwriting Full Review
7M Pictures
Oct 16, 2007
The vivid sense of time and place is the best thing about this REAR WINDOW-derived suspense picture...
New York Times
May 4, 2007

Product Description:

A nervy, claustrophobic look at post-9/11 anti-terrorism hysteria, CIVIC DUTY asks the difficult question: What would you do if you thought you next-door neighbor might be a terrorist' Our proxy in this rapid slide into paranoia is Terry Allen (Peter Krause, SIX FEET UNDER) a newly unemployed accountant. With large amounts of free time, Terry finds himself glued to cable news channels and their constant updates of homeland security and threat of jihad from Muslim extremists. After noticing that Gabe (Khaled Abol Naga), the new neighbor across the courtyard in his apartment complex, is Middle Eastern and is often carrying boxes into his apartment with other Middle Eastern men, Terry becomes suspicious. After he notifies an FBI agent (Richard Schiff) of Gabe's possibly dangerous activities, Terry's own behavior becomes increasingly manic and dangerous, threatening both his marriage and his sanity.

A small film that effectively poses difficult questions, CIVIC DUTY boasts a fine performance from Krause (who is also co-producer). His character allows us to identify and sympathize with him even as his behavior becomes borderline psychotic. Director Jeff Renfroe's frequent quick cuts and close-ups give the film the look of a slick, Hollywood production though it essentially moves with the economy of a stage play, and his use of details (such as exorbitant gas prices and increasingly mechanized customer service) nicely help to convey Terry's increasing alienation. Though the film is timely in its view of Bush-era persecution (it could be seen as a flip side to Michael Winterbottom's THE ROAD TO GUANTANAMO), it's also a tense, timeless story of witch-hunt paranoia that could be applied to nearly any era of political conflict.

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Production Notes:

  • Theatrical Release: May 4, 2007
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Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 71,406
  • UPC: 024543465300
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
  • International Shipping: 1 item

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