Civic Duty

Rated R 100 minutes 2007

Playing a creep even colder than the stiffs he tended on Six Feet Under, Peter Krause makes a bid to become the poster child of post-9/11 paranoia in director Jeff Renfroe's 94-minute stay in cinematic Gitmo. In this Rumsfeld-era reworking of the Michael Douglas angry-white-guy clunker Falling Down, Krause plays a recently canned accountant who finds a new concern to pass the time: the semi-suspicious activities of "the Middle Eastern guy" (Khaled Abol Naga) who just moved in across the apartment complex. Unable to convince either his wife (the appealing Kari Matchett) or a dour FBI agent (Richard Schiff, slyly underplaying), he starts to run out of patience -- and then remembers the handgun in his drawer. Expected ironies about homeland security, racial profiling, and fears of the Other land like a rain of anvils, and director Renfroe matches Krause's worked-up performance with a jiggly, flashy approximation of off-brand Tony Scott.

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Official Site: www.freestylereleasing.com/civic_duty.htm

Director: Jeff Renfroe

Writer: Andrew Joiner

Producer: Eli Rothman

Cast: Peter Krause, Khaled Abol Naga, Richard Schiff, Kari Matchett, Ian Tracey, Mark Brandon, Val Cole, Brenda Crichlow, Agam Darshi and Mark Docherty

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