(R, 1:31:39, Released 2007)
|Release Date:||Oct 22, 2007|
|DVD Release Date:||Sep 16, 2008|
|Starring:||Tim Robbins, Bridget Moynahan, William Hurt, Margarita Levieva, Gabrielle Brennan, María Ballesteros, William Baldwin, Keir O'Donnell, Jessica Almasy, Ramón Fernández|
|Directed by:||Henry Bean|
|Synopsis:||Tim Robbins, Bridget Moynahan, and William Hurt star in writer/director Henry Bean's topical urban comedy following one man's quest for a little peace and quiet in the big city. The noise was bothersome when David Owen (Robbins) first moved to New York City, but back in those early days it was almost endearing in an odd sort of way; a forgivable manifestation of urban vitality, or so he had led himself to believe. These days the incessant barking of car alarms, traffic, and frustrated commuters seems to be driving David insane, never allowing him the opportunity to concentrate or focus on the task at hand. While this distraction is at first only bothersome on a superficial level, however, the thing that really riles David is that he is completely powerless to remedy the problem. As the days go on and the noise on the street seems to amplify in David's ears, he makes the decision to take up arms against the unseen intruder. Initially, David is content to simply let the air out of tires or leave notes on windshields when the owners of cars fail to turn off their alarms. When this approach fails to yield acceptable results, David's subversive urban sabotage techniques quickly evolve into full-blown acts of vandalism. Eventually, David is caught in the act and arrested by the police. After spending a night in jail, David confesses to his wife that he is in fact the urban folk hero who has come to be known by the public as "The Rectifier" for his repeated attempts to hold those responsible for urban noise pollution accountable for their auditory transgressions. When his wife voices concern about such extreme and irrational behavior, David dutifully agrees to give up his career as a noise-fighting vigilante. But try as he might, David simply cannot repress his lingering urge to strike back against such a formidable enemy. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi|
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March 3, 2012
A little comedic gem that asks "what bothers you about society" and then " why aren't you fighting against it?" Not laugh out loud funny, but certainly an interesting afternoon.
October 7, 2010
Netflix identifies this as a comedy, but there wasn't a funny frame in the whole film. Even as a dramatic film, it's muddled, as though the director and writer didn't know what the film was about. At the end, neither do I. We're given no reason for Owen's eventual transformation or his obsession, and the motivations of the women around him are equally mysterious. In the end, this is the poorest imitation of Taxi Driver that could possibly be concocted. Although, despite the bad hair piece, William Hurt flawlessly transforms himself into the smarmy, impossible-to-like mayor. Yet another great performance by Hurt in a poor film.
May 27, 2010
CAST: Tim Robbins, Bridget Moynahan, Margarita Levieva, Gabrielle Brennan, William Baldwin, William Hurt, Maria Ballesteros
DIRECTED BY: Henry Bean
SUMMARY: A man who is being driven crazy by the noise in New York City decides to take vigilante action against it.
MY THOUGHTS: "Strange, funny, & definitely different. Tim's character is a bit moronic. Not a great film, but not completely bad either. The acting is great, as it always is when it comes to Tim Robbins. I'm certain some can relate to why he's annoyed and upset, but most probably won't go to the extremes his character does."
November 29, 2008
was this a comedy? weak. some semi interesting ideas that lacked focus and edge. barely kept my attention
July 8, 2009
In "Noise," Dave Owen(Tim Robbins), an attorney who lives on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, gets so distracted by the sounds of blaring car alarms that he cannot concentrate on reading Hegel or much, much more importantly, have sex with his beautiful wife(Bridget Moynahan), a classical musician. Eventually, he takes to the streets with the nom du plume of the Rectifier, attacking car alarms wherever they may lurk, earning the ire of Mayor Schneer(William Hurt), until his secret is uncovered by Ekaterina(Margarita Levieva), a young journalist.
"Noise" is an uneven movie that cannot decide whether it wants to be farce or straight social commentary. It does have a clear target in activists who the movie implies make mountains out of molehills. On the contrary, urban activists can do a lot of good and I saw an example of that in the Vancouver Museum with its exhibit on bicycles in the city.
My question is: why car alarms? They are so 80's. Generally noise is the heartbeat of any city. And there have been "Twilight Zone" stories about guys like Dave and none of them end well(nor does the other movie where Robbins plays an urban vigilante, for that matter). And if you really want to see a New York City that is quiet, check out "I Am Legend" and think about how it got that way.
May 9, 2009
On the positive, Tim Robbins really shines in this film. He gives a terrific performance. I loved the style of this film. Bridget Moynahan also does a good job playing his wife in the film. On the negative, I thought some of the supporting actors were miscasts. They are too over the top at times. Robbins performance is the main reason to check out the film.
April 30, 2010
Probably the efficacy of this film depends on how much car alarms and burglar alarms and the other aural nuisances of urban existence really piss you off., especially when it's 3am and you know the owner is sleeping sound and smug several streets away. If you've ever had your sleep disturbed in this way, you too might thoroughly enjoy watching Tim Robbins showing the damn car who's boss by taking a hammer to it. Yay, The Rectifier.
March 15, 2010
The social commentary in this movie is brilliant. You got Tim Robbins as the normal every day guy who gets tired of noise. Car alarms are the thing that really sets him off. We have all been there, some jack off has an annoying car alarm and it always goes off but yet nobody cares and it runs for up to 3 minutes before it finally shuts off. At this point you're hoping someone does steal it just to get it away so you don't have to hear it anymore. But back to the important stuff. This movie follows Tim's crusade against the annoying noise that comes with living in a big city. Personally was just another reminder of why NOT to live in a big city because there is all that stuff to deal with. It's a relateable movie although I found myself hating the character of his wife. She was a real piece of work. I found watching his character grow and become more focused and meaningful throughout the movie really made it something special. Watching his early days breaking windows to cut the battery cable all the way to striving to find a more real solution is fun to watch.
jusstpeteMay 13, 2012
Good movie but I feel like it could have reached a higher breaking point. Still worth the watch though.
November 13, 2009
Good movie but I feel like it could have reached a higher breaking point. Still worth the watch though.
July 20, 2009
Tim Robbins is just plain crazy in this one. I still don't understand why he didn't just leave New York City, but I guess if he did that there wouldn't have been much of a movie.
June 5, 2009
Refreshing premise allows you to relieve frustrations vicariously. Robbins' performance is excellent as you would expect, however the script itself seemed to miss slightly in places. Overall, a fine film to see.
June 2, 2009
He has a point and this movie is funny if you think about it. I like how psycho he gets about the car alarms and how he turns it around.
March 19, 2009
Really good movie. The Rectifier is my role model!! lol. They should of named this movie The Rectifier. This movie was really good and interesting, really worth watching.
March 10, 2009
Tim Robbins rocks. This movie is different...in a great way. There are some laugh out loud moments.
February 2, 2009
Maggie: Reducing noise is good, violent tactics aren't.
Seth: Unnecessarily crude.
January 13, 2009
I?m glad this wasn?t like Falling Down, which I thought it really sounded like. It wasn?t anything like I expected, and I?m not sure I?d really classify this as a comedy. Hm?.oh well.
December 8, 2008
Decent movie, but come on, if his wife found out about his 3way with the two German sluts, he'd be out the door!
November 10, 2008
David Owen (Tim Robbins) appears to lead a normal life: married, with one child and a well-paid job; he is, initially at least, quite unremarkable. But David leads a double life. Sick of the constant noise that engulfs New York City, David becomes "The Rectifier," breaking into any car whose alarm goes off, disabling the alarm and leaving a calling card under the hood. David's crusade draws opposition from the mayor and, as his campaign against noise escalates, causes tension in his marriage. Sharply written and funny. Everyone hates those damn things, so there's a certain amount of joy to be had in simply watching Robbins dish out old fashion vigilante justice on the cars of jerks with out of control noisemakers. But there's more to Noise than Robbins and a pair of wire-cutters. Writer/director Henry Bean attempts to subtly tackle the larger issue of humanity's tendency simply to put up with injustices through David's noise reduction mission. David's obsession is a fascinating one, with implications beyond the narrow world of noise he's focused on. Unfortunately the movie doesn't always stay focused on David and when it takes side trips into courtroom scenes or backroom political maneuvering among politicians it loses steam. Bean seems less sure of himself when he's dealing with the forces arrayed against his main character, and whenever Robbins isn't on screen Noise suffers.
September 22, 2008
I thought I was going to like this as generally I will avoid noise in favor of peace, quiet and tranquility even if it means social isolation. It's a family trait, what can I say?
It actually starts out good but when Robbins' lover asks the obvious, he does not seem to have a good answer and instead moves directly into the mouth of the beast. We learn that he is really seeking noise out as a means of getting more attention for himself because no one is listening to him. Okay, but it falls apart. On top of that, suddenly we are thrown right in the middle of a lesbian love affair that was just an excuse to flaunt female full frontal nudity (as if seeing Robbins' butt wasn't enough).
What makes this even worse is William Hurt is suppose to be some kind of comedic anti-hero who is actually just annoying.
Skip this snoozer.
March 17, 2008
the rectum finder. if this was a bad movie that would be the title of this review. unfortunately its a pretty solid film, Tim Robbins is great in roles like this, even if he does have a lame name like the rectifier. don't get me wrong though, I recommend this one