May 19, 2008 12:00 PM

Tim Robbins, Bridget Moynahan | Not Rated |

CRITIC’S CHOICE

DRAMA

David (Robbins), a successful attorney in Manhattan, is a sensitive guy. As in, sensitive to the constant barrage of street noise, especially shrill car alarms that blare in the night, waking him, his wife (Moynahan) and child. Calling himself “The Rectifier,” he takes matters into his own hands. He roves the city, yanking out alarm wires and slashing tires on offending vehicles. Soon his spouse has left him, but he has become a hero to the noise-beleaguered masses and a thorn in the side of the mayor (William Hurt), who castigates David as “nothing but a two-bit vigilante.”

Noise, written and directed by Henry Bean (The Believer), is a darkly amusing portrait of one man’s descent into urban paranoia and his journey back. It’s Death Wish subtly updated to fit today’s safer, cleaner New York City.

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