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Civic Duty Review


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A year after its debut at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival and a week before Julia Loktev's striking Day Night Day Night is released, Jeff Renfroe gets his chance to turn the crank on the terrorist tinker-toy, to the terror of every Red Stater in the country, in this sophomore effort. Aping Rear Window with every tricky nuance, Renfroe's rollicking contraption of misguided paranoia and bootstrap ideologies is a nightmare both in its narrative and in its execution.

Freshly fired with kind words, accountant Terry Allen (Six Feet Under's Peter Krause) comes home to his loving wife Marla (Kari Matchett) with nothing to do. At first, Terry spends all day wading through want ads, flipping through the television, practicing some calisthenics, and generally being bored. Then one day a "Middle Eastern guy" named Gabe Hassan (an underwrought but riveting Khaled Abol Naga) moves into a lower apartment across the way from Terry. With the television bursting with post-9/11 imagery, Terry becomes interested and quickly builds a case against Gabe. This leads him to an FBI agent (Richard Schiff) and a whole new world of trouble as he tries everything from innuendo to straight-out bullying to get Gabe to confess to something.

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