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Movie Preview: Civic Duty

It's been more than five years since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, but Terry Allen, the man at the center of the new film Civic Duty, remains afraid that someone could be plotting another attack on the United States. He's a normal guy with a white-collar job living in a media-saturated world, where CNN is a constant backdrop and everyone knows whether the terror alert is at yellow or orange.

But then Terry (Peter Krause) gets fired, and with lots of time on his hands, he starts keeping an eye on his new neighbor, a Muslim student named Hasan. He sees Hasan going through the trash early in the morning, follows him around town, and even calls the FBI to file a report. But when the FBI doesn't appear to be taking his concerns seriously, Terry decides it's time to take matters into his own hands. It's not the most subtle movie I've ever seen, but it does raise a lot of questions about stereotypes, prejudice and trust.

The political thriller opens in several cities this Friday, May 4. I recently sat down with Peter Krause to chat about the film, its politics and a variety of other subjects, and I'll bring you my interview with him on Friday. For now, you can watch the Civic Duty trailer if you

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Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
Peter Krause and...was that "Toby"? Good cast for this film, for sure. I thought of Rear Window as well, smarter, and I share your hope that the movie goes beyond raising paranoia. From the trailer, I think it has potential to be a good film. Buzz, I'm really looking forward to reading your interview with Peter Krause; he's been a favorite since Six Feet Under days.
smarler smarler 9 years
I like Peter Krause (ever since Sports Night all those years ago), so I'll probably see this, against my initial reaction. This looks a little too much like Rear Window to me, mixed in with America's fears of everyone else since 9/11. I'm hoping that this isn't just another movie that gives people a reason to suspect those who aren't "just like us."
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