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NOISE (US, 2007): DVD

David (Tim Robbins) is a New York lawyer who loves the city but hates its excessive noises. He takes on everyone from the schmuck who ignores his own car alarm, to the city's Goliath - its most powerful citizen, Mayor Schneer (William Hurt). In the process, he causes havoc to his marriage, too, to beautiful violinist Helen (Bridget Moynahan). But as his daring grows, he finds an ally in the feisty Ekaterina (Margarita Levieva) and New Yorkers rally behind him inspiring David to win his fight by the most ingenious of schemes.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
Here's a story about a man who is mad as hell and won't take it anymore - and we're with him all the way. Tim Robbins gets his juices going as David, a New York lawyer who is unable to ignore the car alarms that go off and stay on (as it were), additions to a cacophony of city noise that comes from trucks and faulty intercom beepers, jackhammers and jackasses who make their personal noise invade everyone's head.

The material is given a black comedy tone, as David tries to read, make love or just exist while under attack from noise. First secretly, then openly, he becomes the Rectifier, breaking into cars whose alarms are blaring while their owners are elsewhere. He smashes his way to jail and can't understand why no-one else is as agitated about it as he is. But of course, the ordinary people in the street ARE as exhausted by noise as he is, which he discovers when he asks for signatures to his petition.

But his fury over the furore gets him kicked out of his home when his wife, Helen (Bridget Moynahan), says enough is enough. While a bachelor, he meets a young Russian woman (Margarita Levieva) who becomes his accomplice - and his lover. She even intices him to a threesome with one of the volunteers who gathers lots of signatures, and finally resorts to using the mother of all car alarms to show the recalcitrant Mayor (William Hurt) just how offensive those alarms can be.

An entertaining comedy with dashes of sex, all served up by a top cast; it's overstated but it's meant to be.

Published: June 12, 2008

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NOISE (US, 2007): DVD (MA)
(US, 2007)

(aka The Rectifier)

CAST: Tim Robbins, Bridget Moynahan, William Hurt, Margarita Levieva, Gabrielle Brennan, Maria Bellesteros, William Baldwin

PRODUCER: Henry Bean, Susan Hoffman, Meike Kornrumpf

DIRECTOR: Henry Bean

SCRIPT: Henry Bean


EDITOR: Julie Carr

MUSIC: Phillip Johnston


RUNNING TIME: 91 minutes

PRESENTATION: 16:9 (1.78:1); DD 5.1

SPECIAL FEATURES: Interviews; behind the scenes


DVD RELEASE: June 11, 2008

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